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  • Writer's pictureThomas D. Williams

The James Joyce

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

The James Joyce

Like many excellent cocktails, the James Joyce is a variation on a theme, an Irish version of the Detroit-based Last Word. Where the Last Word used gin and lime juice, the James Joyce substitutes in Irish whisky and lemon juice. The result is a complex, integrated drink with warmth and a twinkle in the eye.

This drink is very simple to make, so it’s a natural for budding bartenders. The only thing complicated is the list of ingredients, since not everyone has green Chartreuse or Luxardo in their liquor cabinet. The nice thing is, however, that if you invest in them, you will find they are good for a bunch of other fun cocktails as well, such as… The Last Word!

This cocktail is perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day parties, making a sophisticated and much more enjoyable replacement for green beer! Even with its Irish whisky base, it retains a distinct green color, thanks to the Chartreuse.



- 1 part Irish whisky (Jameson is fine)

- 1 part green Chartreuse

- 1 part Luxardo maraschino liquor

- 1 part fresh lemon juice

Directions :

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and serve in a coupe.

Optional garnish: two cherries on a cocktail skewer.

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