Every now and then, a modern cocktail comes along that’s an instant classic. Maybe it’s fate or maybe just good luck, but the aptly named Naked and Famous is one such cocktail. It’s been described as the ‘bastard love child’ of the equally famous Last Word and Paper Plane cocktails. It’s intensely flavored yet incredibly balanced, and it’s the perfect drink for your next dinner party.
Use a smoky mezcal that can stand up to the bold flavors of liqueurs.
Chill your coupé glasses in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Once opened, store your Aperol in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake for 30 seconds to chill then strain into a chilled coupé glass and serve
History of the Naked & Famous cocktail
The cocktail was created by New York bartender Joaquín Simó during his time at the famed Death & Co. It follows the equal-parts formula of its parent cocktails, but the twist lies in the smoky mezcal. Each ingredient has a powerful flavor, but when shaken together, they create a one-of-a-kind drink that’s the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and smoky. It’s a modern classic that has the honor of being on the International Bartender’s Association list of official cocktails.
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There are many ways to tinker with the Naked and Famous recipe. The classic recipe calls for an intensely smoky mezcal, but you can dial it back a few notches to suit your taste. You can also replace the yellow chartreuse with green. The yellow is milder and sweeter with linger herbal notes, while the green is more assertive, herbal, and medicinal. Just remember, the key to a good Naked and Famous cocktail is balancing all the flavors. If you want to taste the two cocktails that spawn the Naked and Famous, try the rousing Last Word and rounded Paper Plane.
When to serve
The Naked and Famous cocktail feels like a special drink, so it’ll fit right in at any special occasion. Serve it up at dinner parties, weddings, birthday parties, or just a casual night in with friends. It comes together in a flash but be warned. The Naked and Famous has enough kick to make its name your reality, so sip responsibly.