Bad Word

34 oz Gin
34 oz Green Chartreuse
34 oz Gran Classico
34 oz Lime juice
Shake, strain, rocks, lowball, or up/cocktail glass.
Created for MxMo Green LXVI, Oct 2012
Bad Word
©2012 Kindred Cocktails
From other users
  • Delicious variation on the Last Word. Better than the original for a bitter-lover. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Ok. A little weird and soapy tasting for me. Just too unctuous. — ☆☆
  • Instead of Gran classico use Aperol
  • Gin- bitter, sweet
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Created for Mixology Monday

Created for Mixology Monday LXVI, "Green". MxMo is an quasi-monthly on-line cocktail creation event ... sponsored for October 2012 by Ed at Wordsmithing Pantagruel. Ed relaxed the challenge this month: create a cocktail incorporating green in some fashion: the color of an ingredient, a bottle's label, color of your socks while mixing. Almost anything.

The Last Word is certainly worthy of its status as a classic. Made as usual with Maraschino liqueur,  herbal Chartreuse is skewed towards the Maraschino's funkiness. In the Bad Word, it is instead skewed toward the bitter. Gran Classico is a Campari-like amaro, with a bright character and an amber color.

If Gran Classico is unavailable, substitute Campari, but the lovely yellow-green color will be lost. This is certainly one of my more successful uses of amari to elevate already great cocktails to the sublime. If you like that sort of thing.

christina in tacoma's picture

I love the combination of

I love the combination of gran classico and chartreuse- great idea. I like maraschino, but anymore I tend to only want a barspoon or so in a cocktail. I really like this drink and I prefer it to the last word, but I found myself thinking about using rye and lemon instead of gin and lime next time. And then I realized I was only an ingredient away from the balsa airplane, which is still an all-time favorite.