The Witchs' Word

Origin: Apollo Interlude Original

Author Rio Coimbra


  • 3/4 oz Gin (a London Dry, such as Beefeater, is recommended)
  • 3/4 oz Strega
  • 3/4 oz Domaine de Canton
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice


  1. Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into a Coupe. Optionally garnish with a brandied cherry.


Flavor Notes

As a variation on the Last Word, Green Chartreuse is replaced with the Italian liqueur Strega, which provides a slightly sweeter and less in-your-face profile of chartreuse (both in herbal power as well as alcohol strength). Domaine de Canton brings a delightful ginger element to the mix.


This is an Apollo Interlude original, concocted by Rio Coimbra. This cocktail was first shaken up in late 2016, as a variation on the classic Last Word. When it later proved a hit at a dinner party, it was added to “the list”. In true variation fashion, the ratios of the original recipe are kept the same, and Green Chartreuse is replaced with the Italian liqueur Strega, while maraschino liqueur makes way to Domaine de Canton. The name derives from the Strega (which means witch in Italian) and honors the drink it is a variation of.

Notable Variations

  • Last Word – the cocktail that inspired The Witch’s Word.
  • Itself a variation, the reason this cocktail works is because it doesn’t mess too much with the base formula of The Last Word. A lemon version offers a sweeter alternative, or you could become extra adventurious by going for a liqueur choice different from Domaine de Canton.

Photo Credit: Rio Coimbra