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Mezcal Last Words

The Mezcal Last Word is my favorite cocktail to order when I go out (back when you could go out) because of its smokey, herbal flavor. Enjoy the original version or a fruity, more bitter version called the Justice, Upright, which combines the traditional ingredients with Pasubio amaro and a homemade blueberry shrub.

The flavors of the Chartreuse and almond of the Luxardo bring out the savory notes of the mezcal. To enjoy a traditional Last Word, simply use gin instead of mezcal!

3/4 oz Mezcal

3/4 oz Green Chartreuse 

3/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino 

3/4 oz Lime 

1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker tin with ice. 

2. Shake well, about 30 seconds. 

3. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry if desired, and enjoy!


Justice, Upright

This take on a Mezcal Last Word uses a blueberry shrub to play with the sugar and acid parts of the cocktail, boosting the undertones of the Pasubio Amaro and leveling the smokey flavor of the mezcal. 

2 oz Mezcal

1 oz Blueberry Shrub

1 oz Lime

3/4 oz Pasubio Amaro

1/2 oz Luxardo 

1/2 oz Green Chartreuse 

3 dash Angostura 

1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. 

2. Shake well, about 30-40 second. Be sure to shake this cocktail well to break down the heavy shrub component. 

3. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and an optional spritz of mezcal and dash of angostura. 


Blueberry Shrub

1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 package (standard pint) Blueberries 

  1. Combine vinegar and sugar in a saucepan on medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a light boil as you whisk sugar until it dissolves. Add blueberries and allow to simmer until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain out the solids and add vanilla. Keep refrigerated when not in use! Stores up to one month. 

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