This drink is essentially a Manhattan with Fernet Branca for an herbal note.
A nice, refreshing drink for both a hot day or just relaxing in a cocktail bar.
The Dark and Stormy is the national drink of Bermuda, and is therefore typically made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum, which hails from the island.
It’s always a surprise when big, herbal liqueurs like Green Chartreuse meld so well with citrus ingredients, but the Last Word is just a terrific cocktail.
The lesson to take from this drink is that you can basically mix gin with a small amount of any sweet or semi-sweet liqueur, and your odds of having a quality drink at the end of it are pretty good.
This variation is a salty dog married with a martini to add some complexity to an otherwise one-note drink.
The key is the orange peel: you need a hefty chunk of it, it needs to be as pith-free as possible, and you need to muddle the heck out of it to really get those essential oils out and into the drink.
The real key is the pastis/absinthe rinse, which brings depth and nuance to the cocktail.
Make sure not to leave out the bitters; they really make a huge difference in the final drink.