Today’s cocktail comes from New York City, from the Death & Company bar in New York’s East Village to be exact. It was invented by Joaquin Simó and gradually became known to a wider audience. The cocktail is – like so many recipes – a twist on a well-known classic. Although the result is rather different.
The old friend is no one less than the Last Word cocktail. While reading this, you may expect a variation that only substitutes one ingredient for another but in this case it’s 3 out of 4. Granted, on of them is very close to the other, but nonetheless it is a completely different drink we’re dealing with. So the Naked & Famous and the Last Word have two ingredients more or less in common: Chartreuse and lime juice. But in contradiction to the Last Word the Naked & Famous relies on the less strong yellow Chartreuse. In addition to that there a two new, but very interesting ingredients (as you can see below). Perhaps, the proportionality of the ingredients is also a reminiscence since the Last Word is also uses ingredients in the equal proportions.
But as stated at the beginning the Naked & Famous is quite different, especially when it comes to its flavor. It consists of Mezcal, lime juice, Chartreuse jaune and the Italian bitter liqueur Aperol. The whole thing is tasty a revelation: smoke, herbs, fruity and bitter notes along with fresh lime – absolutely marvelous. I don’t want to make more words about the drink because it can speak for itself. Don’t believe me? Convince yourself!
By the way: Why this drink bears the “interesting” name Naked & Famous I do not know.
2.5 cl mezcal (a smoky Joven mezcal is sufficient)
2.5 cl Chartreuse Jaune
2.5 cl lime juice
2.5 cl Aperol
Shake all ingredients vigorously on ice and strain into your pre-chilled glass.
Buying sources: Mezcal can be found in very few well-stocked supermarkets in Europe. Chartreuse and Aperol are a lot more common. If you’re not sure, visit a specialized liqueur shop.