In this variation of the Last Word I substitute house-made lime cordial for the traditional Green Chartreuse. The effect is delightfully limey with a sharp kick from the Maraschino. Ford’s gin provides a great backdrop for these flavors without overpowering the drink with juniper or heavy botanicals. A splash of soda turns it into a long drink for the warmer months, although this combination could just as well be served up.
Ford’s Final Say
1.5 oz Ford’s gin
.5 oz Luxardo Maraschino
.5 oz lime cordial (see below)
.5 oz lime
Shaken and poured over ice into a Collins glass. Top with soda and garnish with a lime wedge.
Lime cordial is essentially a combination of equal parts lime juice and sugar that’s been “seasoned” with lime zest. For a 16oz batch zest 8 limes into a bowl with 8oz of sugar. Stir the mixture and let sit for about 30 minutes to allow the sugar to absorb the lime oil. Then add 8oz of lime juice (roughly the yield of 8 limes). Stir or shake in a jar until the sugar is fully dissolved. For best results allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator. Strain out the pulp. This should keep for two to three weeks in the fridge.