Cocktail Spotlight: Paper Plane


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If there is one go to cocktail for me personally it is the Paper Plane, a creation by mixologist Sam Ross.  It received its name because he was jamming out to Paper Planes by M.I.A. while mixing this up.

I’m amazed that there aren’t more bartenders in the Tampa Bay area that know about this amazing concoction and stash in their back pocket.  Too often I go to a nice restaurant only to find that three-quarters of their cocktail menu is composed of vodka-based drinks.  Vodka is the Chili’s of the cocktail world, it simply has no soul.  There are so many other spirits that have bountiful character and backbone.  If you want clear stuff, go with a nice gin for God’s sake.

The Paper Plane is so easy to remember as it is a quattro-proportioned drink and has such a great balance of sweet, sour (citrus), and bitterness.  I dare you to fill a coupe glass with this magic and find someone who doesn’t enjoy sipping on this fresh reboot.  Anyway, being a bourbon drinker is so much cooler than being a vodka drinker.  Cheers!

♥For Paper Plane:

The Amaro Nonino is the most expensive and difficult liquor to find out of this lot, but is well worth grabbing a bottle.

  • 3/4 ounce bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 3/4 ounces Amaro Nonino
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice

To Make The Paper Plane:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass. Serve.

For your listening pleasure, Paper Planes by M.I.A.

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