This weekend I'll be drinking a Last Word in honor of one of Seattle's great bartenders, Murray Stenson. Murray is living with a serious heart condition which is keeping him from serving up outstanding drinks. In order to get this man back on his feet, he needs invasive and expensive surgery. Like so many Americans, Murray does not have insurance. Thankfully, Murray is friends with internet savvy types like Paul Clarke, cocktail enthusiast, writer, and contributing editor at Imbibe. I learned about Murray and a plan to help him through Paul Clarke's site, The Cocktail Chronicles.
Murray has touched a lot of lives. In response, his friends have set up a donation site to cover the medical bills. Anyone can donate to MurrayAid. You can also "like" the MurrayAid Facebook page. They are trying to raise $50,000 and have already passed $28,000. It's heartening to see such an outpouring. If you would, send the cash equivalent of Friday's first round Murray's way. Maybe next time you're in Seattle, he'll be able to mix you up something special.
In any case, raise a toast to the man this weekend. Paul Clarke suggested we make ourselves a Last Word in his honor. I definitely will. I had to buy a bottle of Green Chartreuse to make it happen. Let me know what you think of the drink if you do the same.
3/4 oz. gin (I'll be using Plymouth)
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. marachino liqueur
3/4 oz. green chartreuse
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a cocktail glass.