Naked and Famous Cocktail
The Naked and Famous was created at Death & Company, NYC by Joaquin Simo. He famously called it the bastard love-child of a long-time classic and a new modern favorite. He added it was conceived in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Oaxaca where they make earthy, smoky mezcal.
Death & Company is still pouring drinks in the original East Village location, but has plans for expansion. With popular outposts in Denver and Los Angeles, they are well on their way to world domination. Their success is driven by constantly changing, inventive liquid creations in a speakeasy and craft cocktail setting.
Conception of a Love-Child
Joaquin’s description begs the question, who are the parents of the Naked and Famous? Evidence points to a union of The Last Word and a Paper Plane. All use a four equal part recipe, but with different base spirits.
The Naked and Famous inherits aperol from the paper plane and both lime juice and chartreuse from the last word. However, the chartreuse is yellow for a sweeter and softer herbal signature, but that’s close enough.
Each of the three has it’s signature base liquor. The naked and famous uses mezcal to balance herbal chartreuse, while gin powers the last word and bourbon fuels the paper plane.
- 3/4 oz smoky mezcal
- 3/4 oz yellow chartreuse
- 3/4 oz aperol
- 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 carved lime peel – garnish
- Peel and carve your lime for the garnish
- Squeeze the fresh lime juice and reserve
- Combine all the ingredients in an ice filled mixing glass and stir for 15 seconds until very cold
- Strain and pour into a chilled coupe glass
- Garnish with the carved lime peel