Swapping gin for a smoky, agave-based mezcal gives the Closing Argument the strong personality it needs to make its point — with our herbal Maraschino Liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice, and sweet green Chartreuse rounding out the case.
¾ oz. Luxardo Maraschino Originale Liqueur
¾ oz. mezcal
¾ oz. green Chartreuse
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
Lime wedges for garnish
Add Luxardo Maraschino Originale, mezcal, green Chartreuse, and fresh lime juice to a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.
Strain mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish the finished cocktail with a lime wedge, and serve.
Era of Origin
Mezcal last word
A modern, mezcal spin on the Prohibition-era cocktail with a lot to say.
Make this classic at home.
Luxardo Maraschino Originale
he Last Word’s beginnings at the Detroit
Athletic Club sparked a never-ending
conversation that shaped bar culture for an entire century — with notable points made by the mezcal-based variation of the cocktail in the 2010s.
The Mezcal Last Word — also known as the Closing Argument — keeps ingredients fairly consistent with the original Last Word, but boldly replaces the traditional floral gin with a mezcal of your choice. It raises the question of just how many gin-based cocktails are made more unique by the substitution of mezcal… but that’s all we’ll say about that for now.
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