Naked Lady Cocktail

Naked Lady Cocktail With Bacardi Rum

 The Spruce 

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

All of the elements of a great tasting cocktail are inside the naked lady cocktail from Bacardi Rum. It's a delicious cocktail that will turn heads and is a great choice for a small dinner party.

This rum cocktail uses Bacardi's standard white rum, mixing it with the sweetness of apricot brandy and grenadine. The taste finds balance with the help of sweet vermouth and lemon juice. To finish it off, a lemon twist adds an elegant touch that makes it stand out.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces rum (Bacardi Superior)
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth (Noilly Prat Rouge)
  • 1/3 ounce apricot brandy
  • 1/3 ounce grenadine
  • 1/3 ounce lemon juice (fresh)
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice

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  3. Shake until the outside of the shaker gets very cold.

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  5. Garnish with the lemon twist.

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  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Tips

  • Adjust the sweet and sour elements to suit your personal taste.
  • The biggest consideration with sweet vermouth is freshness. Unlike liquors, the fortified wine will go stale after the bottle is open, so it has a shelf life of just a few months. If you haven't been making many Manhattans or perfect martinis lately, it may be time to replace that bottle in your bar.
  • Apricot brandy comes in two varieties. One is a true brandy (eau-de-vie) distilled from the actual fruit juices and the other is a sweetened brandy-based liqueur. Either will work in this drink, though the liqueur will produce a slightly sweeter cocktail.
  • Squeezing the juice from a single lemon wedge should produce the perfect amount of juice.

Recipe Variations

  • Give this cocktail a little more depth by pouring a different style of rum. Gold and aged rums would be great choices and if you want to stay true to the brand, Bacardi makes both. Black and spiced rums are going to compete too much with the other ingredients, so are not recommended.
  • For a similar cocktail with a slightly different profile, try el presidente. That recipe pairs light rum with dry vermouth and grenadine, opting for orange curaçao rather than apricot brandy.
  • Or, you can go simple and old-school with the classic Jean Harlow cocktail. It's nothing more than a sweet rum martini and you only need rum and sweet vermouth.

How Strong Is a Naked Lady Cocktail?

Similar in strength to the majority of martini-style drinks, the naked lady cocktail is not the lightest drink you can mix up. Its alcohol content should fall in the 21 percent ABV (42 proof) range, so it's like drinking a shaken rum daiquiri, only this drink offers a more complex flavor.