Hop, Skip and Go Naked

Hop, Skip and Go Naked cocktail So today I have another super fun cocktail recipe to share with all of you.  It’s called the Hop, Skip, and Go Naked.  This is a more sophisticated version of a college classic.  Traditionally, Hop, Skip and Go Naked is made with a case of cheap beer, a fifth of bottom shelf vodka, lemon-lime soda, and lemonade or limeade frozen concentrate.  Many  years ago, this drink would have easily satisfied my pre-requisites for getting drunk:  cheap, easy to drink, and simple to prepare.  Nowadays, I no longer drink to get drunk.  Instead, I like to sip on an ice cold cocktail to enjoy it’s flavor, aroma, color and (sometimes) curious subtleties.  Something a little more like this version of Hop, Skip and Go Naked made with IPA, grapefruit juice, lemon vodka, and homemade lemon-lime syrup.  It’s crisp, colorful, and wonderfully bitter.  Plus,  you won’t get a killer hangover after kicking back a few of these!  Continue reading for the recipe!

Citrus Ingredients

Hop, Skip and Go Naked
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • For the Lemon Lime Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • Zest of 1 lemon (in strips)
  • Zest of 1 lime (in strips)

  • For the Cocktail:

  • 1 fluid ounce (30ml) lemon vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce (30ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) lemon-lime simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 2 fluid ounces (60ml) cold IPA
  • Ice
  • 1 long strip of grapefruit zest
  1. Start by making the Lemon Lime Simple Syrup. Combine sugar, water, lemon zest, and lime zest in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved into the water. Bring the mixture to a boil, let bubble for 1 minute, then take the saucepan off the heat. Cover and let infuse for 30 minutes. Strain the syrup into a clean jar, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  2. To make the cocktail, add citrus vodka, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup to a Collins glass filled with ice. Stir until well combined and chilled. Add IPA and gently stir just to combine.
  3. Taste a bit of the cocktail for balance. If it is too bitter, add more simple syrup. If it is too sweet, add more grapefruit juice.
  4. To garnish, submerge the strip of grapefruit zest into the cocktail.


  1. says

    Hahahaa… I had your post open as a tab on my internet browser at work, and a colleague came in and said, ‘…uh, go naked?’!! I was pleased to reveal to him that it was a cocktail! 😉 But anyway, love the name and love the sound of this cocktail. It’s 4.20pm on Friday afternoon and I completely intend to leave work, make one, sit on my couch and sip away for a blissful half hour or so!! Great Friday wind-down. Thanks Brandon!

  2. Mindy Swan says

    I confess, I was attracted to the name but the beverage lives up to it and then some! Read about it n the Gettysburg Magazine- THANKS! Mindy class of ’89


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