Naked and Famous Cocktail

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The Naked & Famous cocktail is another four equal part drink descended from the Last Word.  It was invented by Joaquin Simó at Death & Co. in 2011.  He described it as the “bastard love child” of the Last Word and the Paper Plane.  The Naked and Famous recipe is as simple as either of those cocktails.

Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Aperol and lime juice bring together flavors of smoky, sweet, bitter and sour.  The IBA (International Bartenders Association) has given it an official listing.  That means its ingredient list has been “canonized” or made official.  That qualifies it as a modern classic.

The Naked & Famous cocktail carries the Mr. Potato Head concept to its logical conclusion.  As the bartender Phil Ward describes it, “That’s pretty much my theory on making cocktails, it’s Mr. Potato Head. My theory is that every template of a good drink is a blueprint for other good drinks so you just take it apart and put it back together.” Here we just substitute all the ingredients as opposed to one or two in the other recipes shown.

 

Naked & Famous

Naked & Famous

Created in 2011 by Joaquín Simó at Death & Co. in New York, the Naked & Famous is another riff on the classic Last Word cocktail. Rather than a simple subsitution of one ingredient, the Naked & Famous keeps only the lime juice and the concept of a four equal parts recipe. Extremely well balanced, the mezcal brings smoke to the table while lime, Aperol and Yellow Chartreuse bring sour, bitter and sweet.
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Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Nick and Nora or coupe glass

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ oz Mezcal
  • ¾ oz Aperol
  • ¾ oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • ¾ oz Fresh lime juice

Instructions
 

  • Add ingredients to your trusty cocktail shaker
  • Add ice and shake until frosty cold
  • Strain into chilled glass. And please, be civilized and double strain to avoid floating ice chips
  • Drink
  • Rinse and repeat
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