Yes, it’s a strangely named naked lady cocktail. And yes, there is such a thing as a naked lady cocktail.
I assure you, I was not naked when I made this cocktail.
Well, as the saying goes, I was naked UNDER my clothes, but that was the extent of it.
You are probably wondering why I chose to make a cocktail with this funny name.
Because I can.
No, not really. It’s because I blog about a cocktail every Friday. Which means I end up having to make and post 52 cocktail recipes a year. And I’m going into my second year.
Where does the time go?
I launched this blog on August 15, 2015. At the time, I only published two food recipes a week. But since I’m known for my drinking, oops, I mean I’m known for my making cocktails, I thought, why not start blogging about them?
So, in October of 2105, I started my Friday cocktail series.
Why do I tell you these interesting and fun facts about my blogging experience?
To warn you. I plan to blog for a long time. (That’s not the warning.) Some of the cocktails are going to have funny names. They may even have racy names (as my grandmother was apt to say). So, forgive me if those names seem to cross a line at times. I’m just the cocktail messenger. You don’t shoot the messenger.
Yes, there are oodles of cocktails out there, but I like to pick either classics or interesting ones that have more than two ingredients, more than say, “the screwdriver”, which we all know is just vodka and orange juice.
Not very fun to blog about that drink. Though I do have some good stories about drinking the screwdriver cocktail. But I will save those for a different post.
On to the recipe!
The Ingredients for the strangely named naked lady cocktail and the mixing
Okay, front and center is the lemon, because it is a handsome looking lemon and a nice contrast to the other ingredients. We also have, rum, sweet vermouth, apricot brandy and Grenadine.
The recipe usually takes white rum but, the only rum I have left in my coffers is the Bacardi gold rum. I usually have both, but I had 20 peeps at my house the Friday before Christmas and I made rum swizzles.
I made bucket loads of that delish cocktail. THEN, the next day, which was Christmas eve, I made mai tais for the same people and those, my friends, have more rum than you can shake a swizzle stick at.
SO, white rum went bye bye into lots of bellies and I did not want to have to go to the store to get white rum for this cocktail when gold will do just as nicely.
The recipe calls for white rum because it makes the cocktail pink as opposed to red, like the one I made above. But, let me ask you, how many naked ladies have you seen that are pink? We are not taking in account the diversity of the world, so, I’m okay with the cocktail the color it is!
Back to the Naked Lady Cocktail
I start by filling my cocktail shaker half way with ice.
I measure out 1 and 3/4 ounces of gold rum.
I toss it into the cocktail shaker.
Time to measure 1 3/4 ounces of sweet vermouth.
Cocktail shaker, meet sweet vermouth. Sweet vermouth, meet cocktail shaker.
Now, I measure out 1/2 ounce of apricot brandy.
Into the shaker it goes.
I measure out 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice. While I’m handling the lemon, I cut a thin slice of lemon for the garnish.
Okay, now I get the Grenadine and pour out 1/4 ounce.
When I first bought the Grenadine, I never thought that I’d be using the whole bottle. I thought it would be gathering dust in the liquor cabinet only to be dragged out once in a while for a random cocktail.
Then the rum swizzle happened.
I pour the Grenadine in the shaker. Next, I cap it and shake it 10 times. I strain it in a martini glass and float the lemon wheel.
Here’s the vertical view.
And the aerial view.
I pick the glass up and sip it. Such a nice balanced cocktail. Perfect for sipping before a meal!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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A perfectly balanced cocktail perfect for sipping before a meal
- 1 3/4 ounces rum, I used gold
- 1 3/4 ounces sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounce apricot brandy
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Garnish and glassware
- Thinly sliced lemon wheel
- Martini glass
- Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice
- Add rum, vermouth, brandy and lemon juice
- Cap shaker and shake 10 times
- Strain into martini glass and float the lemon wheel on top
- Lift glass