Final Ward
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Final Ward
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.65 / 5
This adaptation of the Last Word cocktail replaces the gin with rye whisky and switches up the citrus from lime to lemon. Created by Phil Ward at Death & Co. ... more This adaptation of the Last Word cocktail replaces the gin with rye whisky and switches up the citrus from lime to lemon. Created by Phil Ward at Death & Co. New York in 2007. He must have been happy with it as he put his name on it
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Base ingredient
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Green Chartreuse
Alcohol content
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27.5% | 2.53 units *

Method
How to make a Final Ward

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients to a chilled cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice
Shake well until the outside of the shaker is frosted
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin story of the Final Ward cocktail?

The Final Ward is a variation of the classic cocktail known as the Last Word. It was created by Phil Ward when he was at Death & Co., a well-known New York City cocktail bar. Phil Ward adapted the recipe by substituting the gin with rye whiskey and the lime juice with lemon juice, thus giving birth to the Final Ward. This twist on the classic reflects Ward's personal preference for whiskey over gin.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish would be best suited for the Final Ward cocktail?

Given the ingredients and flavor profile of the Final Ward, a good garnish would be a twist of lemon peel or a maraschino cherry. Both garnishes complement the drink's citrus and sweet notes, enhancing its overall presentation and adding an aromatic finish.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another whiskey for the rye in the Final Ward cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute another whiskey for the rye in the Final Ward, though it will slightly alter the flavor profile. Bourbon is a popular alternative, offering a sweeter and fuller flavor compared to the spicy character of rye. However, the essence of the cocktail will remain intact.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the importance of shaking the Final Ward cocktail?

Shaking the Final Ward is crucial for several reasons. It thoroughly mixes the diverse ingredients to achieve a uniform taste, introduces aeration which adds a pleasing texture, and ensures the cocktail is properly chilled. Given the inclusion of citrus juice, shaking also helps to emulsify the ingredients, creating a smooth, harmonious blend.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal serving temperature for a Final Ward cocktail?

The ideal serving temperature for a Final Ward cocktail is very cold. This is typically achieved by shaking the cocktail with ice until well chilled and then straining it into a chilled cocktail glass. Serving it cold enhances the crispness and refreshment factor of the drink, perfect for the balance of its citrus and spirit-forward flavors.

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