luxardo maraschino liqueur

Milk Washed Last Word ("A Mother's Word")

Awhile back I decided to play around with freezing edible flowers under ice. You've probably seen this on the web and Instagram, but I had never done this myself.  I created my floral ice balls by placing edible flowers in an ice ball mold, then filling the mold with water. The results were so beautiful I couldn't wait to add my flower ice ball to a cocktail. But what cocktail?

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Every cocktail I thought of didn't do the flower ice ball justice. I finally decided to make one of my favorite cocktails, the "Last Word".  Equal parts Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, and Lime, the last word is a bright and sweet cocktail perfect for spring. There was only one problem. The traditional recipe made for a cloudy cocktail. If the star was the flower ice ball, I needed to reduce the drink's cloudiness. The solution? Milk washing.

Milk washing is the process of adding milk to an acidic base. The resulting curdled milk is strained off to produce a "clear" and smooth drink removed of harsh flavors.

I had never milk washed a cocktail before so I was super nervous. In addition to making a clear cocktail, I hoped that my milk wash would result in a cocktail that still tasted like a Last Word but less acidic. 

Milk Washed Last Word

I couldn't have been more pleased with the results. The harsh acidity of the limes was muted while still maintaining that bright lime flavor. While the herbs of the chartreuse were still present, they didn't stand out over the other ingredients. Overall the beverage was sweet and smooth. Almost a little too sweet. So I decided to add more gin at the end in hopes of adding some dryness.

Milk Washed Last Word

The only downside to the process was the tedious straining. I had to stop and change the cheesecloth a few times due to the build-up of milk solids. Still, I would be willing to try this process again with other cocktail recipes. There's something nice about relaxing with a bottled cocktail knowing that all the work has been done.



4 ounces Dry Gin

1.5 ounces Dry Gin (to be added at the time of bottling.)

4 ounces Green Chartreuse

4 ounces Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

5 ounces Lime Juice

4 ounces Whole Milk



  1. Combine alcohol and juice. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot, warm whole milk. Remove from heat before boiling. 
  3. In a separate container, stir alcohol and juice mix into milk. (adding the milk to the alcohol and juice mix will result in an instant curdle.)
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Strain the curdled liquid through a chinois or mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. 
  6. Add 1.5 ounces dry gin.
  7. Refrigerate. Strain again if desired. 
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Whiskey and I are on a Break

This post is sponsored by Bacardi Añejo Cuatro. The thoughts and recipe are my own.

I’ve always thought of myself as a whiskey girl. I've never been shy about it. But I feel that it's time for me to start seeing other spirits. And I’m starting with Rum.

I admit that I've never truly given rum a chance. In the past, whenever I’ve thought to make a rum cocktail my mind immediately went to a mojito or daiquiri. But I’ve decided that if I’m going to truly accept Rum into my life, I need to break with tradition. 

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I was recently given a chance to sample Bacardi Añejo Cuatro, a blend of rums aged in American Oak for a minimum of 4 years. Just in time for my booze renaissance. I decided to approach this aged rum as I would any whiskey.

The Añejo Cuatro greets you with a golden brown hue and medium body. First taste is full of deep cherry and fruit flavors with a long woody finish. I decided to play on those fruit flavors and pair the Añejo Cuatro with Luxardo Maraschino liqueur.

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2 ounces Bacardi Añejo Cuatro

3/4 ounce Honey Syrup

1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

Bar spoon of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 

2 dashes Hibiscus Bitters

Egg White


Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker.

Shake until well chilled.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.



I'm excited to see where my journey to explore other spirits takes me. So far, I think I'm off to a good start. For more rum cocktails, check out my FANCY RUM COCKTAIL featuring Bacardi Añejo Cuatro and sparkling wine.

The Staggering Physician

I try to be a "to each his own" type of person. I try not to judge what others are drinking. I try.  But I fail miserably.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a booze snob. And lately I've been judging my hubby's drink of choice; Dr. Pepper with brandy, maraschino liqueur and a Luxardo cherry. He created this drink after discovering that brandy was the only spirit left on our bar. While he enjoys it, I argue that he can't appreciate the maraschino liqueur when it's drowning in soda. And does he have to use my cocktail cherries. Those babies are like $20 a jar! 

A healthy marriage is one built on compromise. So as a compromise, I decided to elevate his drink.

My thought was that I could reduce the Dr. Pepper into a syrup. To my surprise, after an hour of simmering, the soda did reduce but not to the syrupy, sugary liquid I had pictured. I allowed 2 cups of Dr. Pepper to simmer down to 1 cup. This resulted in a thin "syrup" (if I can call it that) with an herbal flavor and a faint sweetness.

I kept all the same ingredients as hubby's drink with a touch of lemon. Without the carbonation I can appreciate why hubby likes the combination. The maraschino liqueur compliments the Dr. Pepper well. And, somehow, I don't have a problem adding one of my sacred Luxardo cherries to this cocktail. Since hubby came up with the original recipe, I thought it'd be fitting that he got to name it.

The Staggering Physician by Cocktail Crafty

The Staggering Physician

1.5 oz Brandy

.75 oz Dr. Pepper Reduction

.5 oz Maraschino Liqueur

.25 oz Lemon Juice

Stir with ice.

Garnish with cherry and lemon twist.

Dr. Pepper Reduction

2 cups Dr. Pepper

Allow to simmer on medium heat for 45-60 minutes.


The next time hubby introduces me to one of his improvisations I won't judge. Instead I'll look at it as an opportunity for us to create something wonderful together. Kind of like our marriage.


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