Last Word

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, May 6th, 2012 · gaz's Cocktail Book

Adapted from a recipe found in Ted Saucier’s Bottoms Up, 1951.

“Courtesy Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit.  ‘This cocktail was introduced around here about thirty years ago by Frank Fogarty, who was very well known in vaudelville.  He was called the ‘Dublin Minstrel,’ and was a very fine monologue artist.”  Ted Saucier’s Bottoms Up, 1951.

In 1912, according to The New York Morning Telegraph, Frank Fogarty was considered to be the most popular entertainer in vaudeville.  “The single thing I work to attain in any gag is brevity,” said Fogarty when asked the secret of his success.  “You can kill the whole point of a gag by merely [using one] unnecessary word.”

Murray Stenson, a man considered to be one of the world’s very best bartenders, brought this drink back to life in 2009 after he found the recipe in Saucier’s book.

“The drink became a cult hit around Seattle, then Portland and was eventually picked up at cocktail dens in New York City, where many bartending trends are set. The Last Word then started to appear on drink menus in Chicago and San Francisco and spread to several cities in Europe — especially around London and Amsterdam — and beyond,”  The Seattle Times, March 11, 2009.  Article by Tan Vinh.

22.5 ml (.75 oz)  dry gin

22.5 ml (.75 oz)  maraschino liqueur

22.5 ml (.75 oz)  Green Chartreuse

22.5 ml (.75 oz)  fresh lime juice

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Frank Fogarty, “The Dublin Minstrel,” one of the most successful monologists in vaudeville, often opens with a song and usually ends his offering with a serious heart-throb recitation. By making use of the song and serious recitation Mr. Fogarty places his act in the “entertainer” class, but his talking material is, perhaps, the best example of the “gag”-anecdotal-monologue to be found in vaudeville.  Mr. Fogarty won The New York Morning Telegraph contest to determine the most popular performer in vaudeville in 1912, and was elected President of “The White Rats”–the vaudeville actors’ protective Union–in 1914.  Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page

Further Reading

Paul Clarke’s Last Word

Camper English on the Last Word

Wikipedia’s Last Word

Last Word by Tan Vinh in the Seattle Times

Last Word in Saveur by Laura Sant

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