A Naked & Famous Cocktail Recipe That's Bold & Bare

You'll love the naked ambition of this smoky, bittersweet cocktail.

Updated February 1, 2024
Boozy Red Naked and Famous Cocktail

We're all about a cocktail with a clever name... but we also want the flavor to back up the kitsch. And the naked and famous cocktail has flavor in spades. It's a brightly colored, smoky, bittersweet cocktail that just may become your new clothing-optional favorite. 

How to Make a Naked & Famous Cocktail

This peachy-colored cocktail is yummy to look at as it is to drink. 


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


  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 the 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 (it is clothing-optional, after all). 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.
Need to Know

Because the naked and famous is an equal-parts cocktail, it's super easy to remember how to make. Even if you can't measure, just add an equal amount of each ingredient. 

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.

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A Naked & Famous Cocktail Recipe That's Bold & Bare