The Paper Plane is a simple cocktail of equal proportions created in 2007 by Sam Ross. Yep, we know this, and over the few intervening years, this play on a Last Word has become a modern classic. At the heart of it, it’s also a play on a whiskey sour.
Bourbon is the base of this drink, if an equal parts cocktail can have a base, and Ross leaves the door open to interpretation. He specifies no specific bourbon, and we’ve chosen James Oliver American Whiskey for our Paper Plane. However, that’s not the interesting part.
The interest comes from the Amaro Nonino Quintessentia, and Aperol. Aperol is a nice orange aperitivo, and, along with the amaro, adds a curious complexity not often found in a sour. One could experiment with other amari, however, we feel no calling to mess with it. In the end, it’s a cocktail without much of a story, which means it speaks for itself. Try one, and see what we mean.
3/4 oz James Oliver American Whiskey
3/4 oz Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
3/4 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Lemon juice
Shake and serve up. No garnish.
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