Unforgettable Naked and Famous Cocktail 

Published July 25, 2022
Boozy Red Naked and Famous Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1 ounce yellow chartreuse
  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Aperol, yellow chartreuse, mezcal, and lime juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.

Variations on the Naked and Famous Cocktail

The naked and famous is a set recipe with a list of specific ingredients, but you can craft your own riff.

  • Instead of one-ounce proportions, use a half or three-quarters of an ounce.
  • Swap your yellow chartreuse for green chartreuse.
  • Cut your mezcal with silver tequila if the smoky flavor is overwhelming.
  • For a tarter, more herbaceous cocktail, use a splash of Campari with the Aperol.

Naked and Famous Drink Garnishes

You'll notice that some naked and famous recipes don't call for a garnish. That doesn't mean yours needs to go naked, though.

  • Add a lime wedge, wheel, or slice. Alternatively, you can use an orange or lemon.
  • Keep the citrus touch lighter using a lime, orange, lemon peel, twist, or ribbon.
  • The cocktail looks extravagant when you clip a small pineapple leaf to the glass.
  • Sprinkle edible gold over the top of the drink or attach it to the rim.

About the Naked and Famous Cocktail

The parent cocktail of the naked and famous may not be obvious, but it sure is one that's a little more famous: the last word cocktail. Like the last word, the naked and famous also uses ingredients with equal parts, although they only share lime juice and chartreuse for ingredients. Where the last word calls for gin, the naked and famous uses smokey mezcal and yellow chartreuse instead of green. Its parent cocktail may have burst onto the scene in 1915, but the naked and famous wouldn't start to make a name for itself until its inception in 2011.

A Clothing-Optional Cocktail

At first glance, the ingredients of a naked and famous definitely don't add up, but this is one drink where you need to trust the process. Like the Negroni, jungle bird, or the blood and sand, it's a drink that knocks your sock off that you'll return to time after time.

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