A few weeks back, I was perusing cocktail blogs looking for an interesting drink to try and I stumbled across the Paper Plane Cocktail on the Treats + Eats Blog (thanks, Maya!). The drink, apparently, comes from the Little Branch Bar in the West Village of NYC.
When I first looked at the recipe, which includes Amaro, Aperol and Lemon, my mouth puckered instinctively. Wow, bitter and sour. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out. The Bourbon, as the lead ingredient in the drink seemed somewhat redeeming, but since all the ingredients are in equal quantities, I guessed that it wouldn’t matter. I forged ahead anyway and I’m so glad I did. This is a terrific drink that’s very easy to make and even easier to consume.
Paper Plane Cocktail Recipe
- 3/4 oz Bourbon (I used Bulleit)
- 3/4 oz Aperol
- 3/4 oz Amaro (I used Averna)
- 3/4 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Lemon Peel for Garnish
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake until cold. Dispense into a coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.
Why You’ll Like the Paper Plane Cocktail
The drink is well balanced and very complex. The sweet taste of the Bourbon in combination with the sweeter side of the Amaro balances out the bitter from the Amaro/Aperol combination and the sour from the lemon. Every sip of this cocktail is a new and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend it.