Cocktail College


The Last Word

Season 1, Ep. 45

Today’s deep-dive on a democratic, shaken classic sees us joined by Portland, Oregon-based bartender, beverage director, author, and editor Jim Meehan. He brings 25 years of experience and some of the most eloquent language we’ve enjoyed yet to this exploration of the Last Word. Listen on (or read below) to learn Meehan’s Last Word recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe!

Jim Meehan’s Last Word Recipe 


- 3/4 ounce gin, such as Tanqueray or Perry’s Tot Navy Strength 

- 3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse 

- 3/4 ounce Luxardo Marschino liqueur 

- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice 



1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with Kold-Draft ice. 

2. Shake until well chilled. 

3. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass. 

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El Diablo

Season 1, Ep. 51
Josue Gonzalez joins us for today's episode to discuss El Diablo, a classic tequila highball that sees the spirit mixed with lime, crème de cassis, and either ginger ale or ginger beer. Josue has more than a decade of experience in the industry, during which time he’s built up a clear passion for hospitality. These days, you’ll find him as a partner at Unfiltered Hospitality and occasionally working behind The Sylvester Bar, in Miami. Listen on (or read below) to discover Josue's El Diablo recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Bonus: VinePair has partnered with Remy Martin to host the annual Remy Martin Bartender Talent Academy Cocktail Competition. Submit your own riff on the classic cocktail, the Sidecar, by Friday, Sep 30, to win a trip to France on top of cash prizes. Head to to get all the details and submit your entry.  Josue Gonzalez’s El Diablo Recipe Ingredients ¾ ounce fresh lime juice 1 ¼ ounce blanco tequila ½ ounce crème de cassis 3 ounces ginger beer Garnish: lime wheel, candied ginger, and a Filthy cherry to garnish Directions Combine lime juice, crème de cassis, and tequila in a cocktail shaker with two ice cubes. (optional: substitute creme de cassis with strawberry syrup for a sweeter flavor) Shake until cold and strain into a highball glass. Top up with ginger beer and crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wheel, candied ginger, and skewered Filthy cherry.