The Last Word
One night in Lexington, Erik and I were sitting up at the bar of a fancy place called OBC Kitchen. The bartender--Iverson--was particularly talkative and when Erik was ready for a second drink he asked for a suggestion. Upon inquiring what Erik typically liked, he replied he was a vieux carré man. "Oh, a man after my own tastes. Let me make you something a little different, in fact I would describe is as living opposite on the color wheel to a vieux carré." But he assured us it was as curious an elixir, as finely balanced, but with a magic ingredient: Chartreuse. Erik accepted, and the rest is down below.
The Last Word:
.75 oz gin
.75 oz green chartreuse
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz maraschino liqueur (like luxardo)
Shake ingredients together with ice, strain and serve in a coupe glass.