The Wildcrafted Word

Inspired by elderflowers blooming on the trail, here’s a wildcrafted spin on the classic cocktail The Last Word.

Dec 16 2015, 4:06pm

Photo by Clarissa Wei.

Servings: 1


6 young curly dock leaves

6 felt leaved yerba santa leaves, roughly torn into pieces

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

3/4 ounce green Chartreuse

3/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

3/4 ounce gin

sprigs of California sagebrush and fresh elderflowers for garnish (avoid the leaves)


Muddled curly dock (Rumex crispus) provides a sour flavor; you can also substitute French sorrel (Rumex acetosa) or increase the lime juice to 3/4 ounce. The felt-leaved yerba santa (Eriodictyon crassifolium) lends a wonderful aromatic and sweet note. If you don't have any, you can omit it and perhaps experiment with another fresh herb from your trail, garden, or market.

1. Muddle the curly dock, yerba santa, and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the green Chartreuse, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, gin, and ice, and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

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