After falling hard and fast with the Green Chartreuse used in Peche’s Silver Monk, I’ve been eager to try another cocktail with the spirit. It just so happens that fellow photographer, Aimee Wenske, has a tried and true recipe - and a bottle of the green magic perching atop her midcentury sideboard.
So, what do two freelance photographers, with a keen taste for cocktails, do?
Why they schedule a weekday lunchtime photo shoot, of course.
Read on for the results of our labor.
The Last Word cocktail is actually something that Aimee’s boyfriend Josh usually makes – usually to accompany the both of them while they sit outside atop their beautiful rooftop patio.
So the morning before our shoot he scribbled down the recipe on a spiral notebook so we could enjoy it. Thanks Josh!
The Last Word involves, gin, Luxardo (maraschino liqueur), lemon and as I noted before, Green Chartreuse.
The french liquer made from an infusion of 130 herbal extracts.
The 110 proof variety that looks smugly upon Yellow Chartreuse’ meager 80 proof composition.
Chartreuse is named after the Grande Chartreuse monastery of the Carthusian monks who craft it. The crayola color was named after it, not the other way around. It’s a serious bottle of liqueur – that’s worth every bit of the 50 cents per herbal extract inside it.
We mixed up the cocktails in Aimee’s kitchen, which is basically a food photographer’s dream. A big slab of beautiful wood cabinetry sitting waist-high right next to an original casement window – that (of course!) faces east and lets in lots of precious natural light.
It deserves to be on Pinterest. So here. You’re welcome.
Alright, let’s make some drinks….
The Last Word
2oz – Gin
1/2 oz – Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz – Luxardo Maraschino
Juice from half a lemon
1. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker one-by-one.
2. Fill shaker with ice (if you’re as cool as Aimee, you even have square-shaped ones on the ready for cocktails). Vigorously shake until ice cold
3. Strain into a cocktail glass. Served Up.
4. Garnish with a lemon peel or maraschino cherry (or both!)
The Last Word is a dangerous cocktail (translation: it’ll get you tipsy quick).
The Chartreuse provides the herbal complexity that makes all the difference. The extra something you wouldn’t quite be able to put a finger on, if you didn’t know what was in the glass.
Like adding just the right amount of sea salt to a chocolate chip cookie, it just makes it all come together to taste…well, perfect.
Now enjoy the cocktail, while enjoying some gorgeous shots from Ms. Aimee Wenske herself (below) – a talented photographer that I’m also proud to have a part of Citygram.
Aimee has a seemingly effortless way of framing and composing a shot to make things look interesting and irresistibly delicious.
Or better yet, put one of the beautiful books she photographed in your kitchen…
Thanks Josh and Aimee!