Nothing starts a good meal like a solid pre-dinner tipple and the Paper Plane is our go-to. Created by Sam Ross, a bartender at New York’s Attaboy, it is incredibly easy to make and has the missing acidity which is perfect to whet your appetite.
In general, whiskey cocktails can be classified into built (mint juleps), shaken (whisky sours), and stirred cocktails (Manhattans and Old Fashioneds). There is a simple beauty in the layers of flavour and the textures in all these cocktails, imparted not only by the liquors but by the whiskey choice of the bartender.
Each of these cocktails have a perfect time for consumption.
The Mint Juleps is a joy to behold on a hot day and is perfect when looking for something light, refreshing and easy to drink. The Whisky Sour is the perfect dessert in a drink. Its versatility coupled with its creamy texture makes it a great liquid ending, akin to a lemon sorbet dessert to any whisky aficionado. Nothing beats the classic Manhattan or Old Fashioned as a final nightcap.
That leaves a void just before dinner. Negronis, and the later conceived Boulevardier typically fill this space with their bittersweet notes.
So why the Paper Plane above the rest?
The Paper Plane has a lighter body than a classic Negroni. The acidity from the lemon lends a brightness to the drink, while the bitter notes from the Amaro and the Aperol and the sweetness of the bourbon is evident throughout each sip. We were blown away when we first tasted this and it has now replaces the Negroni as our go to pre-dinner aperitif. Negronis will always have a special place in our hearts but the Paper Plane has really won us over.
¾ Bourbon (we recommend Makers’ Mark)
¾ Amaro Nonino^
¾ Lemon Juice
Shaken and double strained into a coupe.
^Amaro Nonino can be hard to find in Singapore but RedMart stocks Amaro Ramazzotti, which has orange notes that pairs superbly with the Aperol
For our version, we threw the drink and served it in an Old-Fashioned glass. Try it and tell us which one you prefer. We hope this cocktail is as appealing to you as it is to us. Leave us a comment if you make one at home.
May our glasses never be empty, cheers and talk soon!