A riff on the Last Word, this modern classic was created by New York bartender Sam Ross. Mimicking the Last Word’s elegant balance between sourness, bitterness and herbaceousness, the Paper Plane is one of Ross’ greatest contributions to the cocktail canon. A mix of equal parts bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino (a grappa-based digestif made in Friuli, Italy) and fresh lemon juice, the cocktail tastes like a tarter, bolder, more complex Manhattan. Best of all, with its vibrant sourness, this bourbon cocktail is sippable year round.
If you thought only modern day bartenders dared to mess with the Negroni, you’d be mistaken. Bartenders have been tweaking the pristine, three-ingredient cocktail for decades. This new classic, which swaps out sweet vermouth for Cointreau and adds a vibrant splash of fresh lemon juice to the mix, was created by Paul Harrington—bartender and aut...