3rd #cocktail of #FridayNightCocktails on 9th February: Safe Word

Our third and final cocktail is the Safe Word. A variant of the Last Word, created by Matt Lofink at Cure in New Orleans, USA, in 2022, which replaces maraschino cherry liqueur with white creme de cacao.

Safe Word

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time2 mins

A variant of the Last Word, created by Matt Lofink at Cure in New Orleans, USA, in 2022, which replaces maraschino cherry liqueur with white creme de cacao.

 45 ml (1½ oz) London Dry Gin
 15 ml (½ oz) Green Chartreuse
 15 ml (½ oz) white creme de cacao
 15 ml (½ oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice
 Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

1

Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2

Add all ingredients and shake until well-chilled.

3

Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.

4

Dust with freshly grated nutmeg.

AI generated anecdote for article length

It was a Saturday evening, and Michael was excited to host a gathering of his closest friends in his stylishly appointed apartment. Eager to impress his guests with his mixology skills, he decided to showcase a unique cocktail he had recently discovered – the intriguingly named "Safe Word." This captivating libation boasted a complex blend of London Dry Gin, Green Chartreuse, white creme de cacao, and freshly squeezed lemon juice, promising to tantalize the taste buds with its balance of flavors and textures.

As Michael's friends arrived, they were greeted by the inviting aroma of freshly cut citrus and the promise of an evening filled with laughter and camaraderie. Michael led them to the sleek bar area in his living room, where gleaming bottles of spirits and liqueurs awaited their transformation into liquid magic. The stage was set for an evening of indulgence and delight.

With a confident smile, Michael began to assemble the ingredients for the Safe Word cocktail. He measured out the London Dry Gin, its crisp and clean profile setting the stage for the flavors to come. Next came the Green Chartreuse, a bold and herbal liqueur that added depth and complexity to the mix. The white creme de cacao followed, its creamy sweetness providing a luxurious counterpoint to the other ingredients.

With precision, Michael squeezed fresh lemon juice into the mixture, adding a bright and tangy freshness that would balance the richness of the other ingredients. As he shook the concoction with ice, his friends watched in anticipation, eager to experience the magic of his creation.

The ice clinked against the shaker, creating a melodic rhythm that filled the room with anticipation. With a flourish, Michael strained the mixture into chilled coupe glasses, the liquid shimmering like liquid gold in the soft glow of the room.

A final touch awaited – a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg, delicately sprinkled over the surface of each cocktail. With a smile, Michael presented the Safe Word cocktails to his friends, their eyes lighting up with excitement at the sight of the beautifully garnished drinks.

The first sip was met with a chorus of approval – the Safe Word was a revelation, a harmonious blend of flavors that danced on the palate with grace and sophistication. Michael's friends marveled at the complexity of the cocktail, each sip revealing new layers of flavor and nuance.

As the evening unfolded, the Safe Word cocktails became the centerpiece of the gathering, a symbol of Michael's hospitality and his passion for mixology. His friends savored each sip, their laughter mingling with the heady aroma of the cocktail.

Conversations flowed effortlessly, punctuated by exclamations of delight as they discovered new nuances in the Safe Word with each sip. As the night drew to a close, and the last drops of the cocktail were savored, Michael couldn't help but feel a sense of contentment wash over him.

The evening had been a resounding success, a testament to the power of friendship and the magic of a well-crafted cocktail. As his friends bid farewell, their hearts full and their spirits lifted, Michael knew that the memory of the Safe Word would linger long after the night had ended – a reminder of the joy of shared moments and the beauty of simple pleasures.

Ingredients

 45 ml (1½ oz) London Dry Gin
 15 ml (½ oz) Green Chartreuse
 15 ml (½ oz) white creme de cacao
 15 ml (½ oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice
 Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Directions

1

Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2

Add all ingredients and shake until well-chilled.

3

Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.

4

Dust with freshly grated nutmeg.

Safe Word

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