Detroit has always been an enterprising city; Motown, the Big Three, Faygo, Better Maid, and Sanders Bake Shops are quintessential self-started staples of the city. Of the things Detroit is known for, there is one forgotten treasure.
During Prohibition, speakeasies and hidden bars thrived in Detroit. Amongst the music, dance, and cigar smoke, there lingered a drink that would see a day when it wasn’t illegal to speak its name, “The Last Word.”
Created by a Vaudeville director at the Detroit Athletic Club during Prohibition, “The Last Word” was essentially forgotten until recent years. It consists of a seamless blend of gin, lime juice, green chartreuse, and maraschino liqueur. Makers of the masterpiece are told to shake well with ice, shut up, and drink.
Cliff Bell’s is the only place you can imbibe the drink. So the next time you’re, out check out Detroit’s very own “The Last Word” and, as the bartenders of old used to say, shut up and drink – because no matter the era, Detroit always has its final say.
Watch the video: How to make a “Last Word.”