The Naked and Famous cocktail is a modern classic that emerged in the early 21st century, credited to bartender Joaquín Simó of Death & Co. in New York City. This concoction gained popularity for its intriguing blend of smoky, tart, and herbal flavors. Created as a tribute to the famous four-ingredient cocktail “Last Word,” (which is one of our favorite cocktails and uses green Chartreuse instead of yellow in this cocktail!) The Naked and Famous substitutes gin with mezcal and maraschino liqueur with Aperol, resulting in a unique and vibrant profile. The drink is characterized by its bold smokiness from the mezcal, balanced by the citrusy brightness of Aperol, and rounded out with the herbal notes of yellow Chartreuse. The Naked and Famous has become a beloved choice among cocktail enthusiasts, offering a delightful and unexpected twist on traditional flavor combinations.
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe and enjoy! Cin Cin!
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Yellow and Green Chartreuse are often hard to find at your local stores. Even the big players like Total Wine and Bevmo rarely ever have either of these herbal legends. Luckily, they both have decent substitutes that come somewhat close to their flavor profile. First, if you would like to learn more about the Chartreuse lineup we recommend visiting their website to find out what makes it so special.
For the naked and famous, if you can’t find yellow Chartreuse then we recommend using Liqoure Strega which brings the same color profile and the same herbal punch you need for this classic cocktail.
And if you ever need a substitute for green Chartreuse we recommend Dolin Genepy Des Alpes. Happy mixing and we hope you enjoy the naked and famous!
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