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A Bourbon-y Modern Classic from Sam Ross

Today’s Happy Hour: Paper Plane

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When it comes to cocktails named for winged vessels constructed from thin sheets of wood pulp, you really can’t beat the Paper Plane.

Legendary NYC barman Sam Ross created this drink while listening to that M.I.A. song “Paper Planes.” Thusly inspired, he riffed on the Last Word, starting with bourbon instead of gin. It’s a different recipe entirely, but it’s got that familiar template of four ingredients in equal parts. It’s a little bitter, a little sour and very, very drinkable. The latter being an important component when considering drinks.

Paper Plane

3/4 oz bourbon
3/4 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Amaro Nonino
3/4 oz lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

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