Paper Plane
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Paper Plane
Cocktail recipe

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The Paper Plane cocktail is a refreshing and balanced blend of Aperol, Amaro, Bourbon, and lemon juice, served in a cocktail glass. Created by bartender Sam Ross in 2007, this ... more The Paper Plane cocktail is a refreshing and balanced blend of Aperol, Amaro, Bourbon, and lemon juice, served in a cocktail glass. Created by bartender Sam Ross in 2007, this modern classic has a unique flavor profile that combines the herbal bitterness of Amaro and Aperol with the sweet, rich notes of Bourbon and the sharp, tangy essence of lemon juice. Its intriguing mix of flavors makes it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts looking for something distinctively smooth yet daring. The Paper Plane offers a harmonious taste adventure, perfect for those who appreciate a cocktail with depth and sophistication.
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Aperol
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19% | 1.75 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Paper Plane is a marvel of balance and complexity, perfectly intertwining the bitter herbal notes of Aperol and Amaro with the smooth sweetness of bourbon, accentuated by a zesty punch of lemon juice. This cocktail is a true testament to sophistication, offering a layered taste experience that evolves with each sip, appealing to those who cherish depth and a modern twist in their drink selection.

Method
How to make a Paper Plane

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by adding all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Vigorously shake the mixture for about 10 to 15 seconds, or until you notice the shaker's exterior has frosted over; this ensures your drink is well-chilled
Once shaken, use a fine strainer to pour the mixture into a glass that's been pre-chilled, catching any unwanted ice chips or herb bits
This method gives your cocktail a smooth texture
Enjoy your perfectly chilled beverage right away for the best taste

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin story of the Paper Plane cocktail?

The Paper Plane cocktail was created by bartender Sam Ross in 2007 at the Little Branch bar in New York City. It was inspired by the song 'Paper Planes' by M.I.A. The cocktail quickly gained popularity for its balanced flavor profile and unique combination of ingredients.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Paper Plane compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 19%, the Paper Plane falls into the moderate strength category of cocktails. It is stronger than light, fruit-based cocktails but not as strong as cocktails like the Martini or Manhattan, which can have alcohol contents upwards of 30%. Its balanced alcohol content makes it a pleasant choice for those looking for a drink that is neither too strong nor too weak.

FAQ

What kind of Bourbon works best in a Paper Plane?

For a Paper Plane, a medium-bodied Bourbon with a slightly sweet and spicy profile works best. This balances well with the bitterness of the Aperol and the complexity of the Amaro. Bourbons that are not overly oaky or high in proof are preferred to ensure the cocktail remains well-balanced.

FAQ

Can the ingredients of a Paper Plane be modified for a variation?

Yes, variations of the Paper Plane can be created by modifying the ingredients slightly, though the original balance of the cocktail might be altered. For example, substituting Aperol with another bitter like Campari will create a different taste profile, potentially making it more bitter. Adjusting ingredient proportions or adding new elements should be done with care to maintain the cocktail's harmony.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion to serve a Paper Plane cocktail?

The Paper Plane is versatile and can suit many occasions. Its balanced, refreshing taste makes it perfect for summer parties or as a pre-dinner apéritif. The elegance of the cocktail also makes it a great choice for more formal gatherings or special occasions like anniversaries or celebratory toasts.

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