Up until now I have sidelined my attempt to get into bitter drinks. But I have bought a couple of amari recently, to try and expand my horizons and steer my taste buds towards those bitter flavours. I now really enjoy sipping on both Averna and Italian vermouth over ice. I still cannot deal with Campari though.
This was invented by Sam Ross for the Violet Hour bar in Chicago, USA. It was named as it was created while he was listening to MIA’s song “Paper Planes.”
- 3/4 oz Bourbon
- 3/4 oz Aperol
- 3/4 oz Amaro Nonino
- 3/4 oz Lemon juice
Shake all the ingredients with ice then fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
It is bitter, but only mildly so. It stops short of going over the edge into pucker-mouth territory. It’s very complex, but also surprisingly light, which isn’t a quality I associate with Bourbon.
There are several variations of this, which sub Nonino for other amari.