Thursday, July 26, 2012

paper schooner

3/4 oz Rittenhouse 100 Rye
3/4 oz Becherovka
3/4 oz Aperol
3/8 oz Lemon Juice
3/8 oz Simple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

As a follow up to the Green Harbor at Island Creek Oyster Bar, I ask bartender Vikram Hedge for the Paper Schooner that was subtitled "the next quad." Vik explained that they wanted to retired Sam Ross' Paper Plane from the menu and replace it with a drink inspired by it. Therefore, he and Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli set to work. While the recipe listed above has five parts, the two half parts, namely the lemon juice and simple syrup, were pre-mixed as a cordial.
The Paper Schooner offered up a fruity aroma that was a combination of the lemon and Aperol elements. The drink's nose prepared the mouth for the lemon juice and Aperol's orange flavors on the sip. Next, the rye's barrel notes began the swallow that ended with Becherovka's cinnamon and clove spice. As the drink warmed up a little, it got a bit sweeter and more clove driven; therefore, those that prefer drier drinks might opt for 2:1 lemon to simple in the cordial.

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