Friday, January 11, 2013

paper trail

1 1/2 oz Bourbon (Four Roses)
1 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Salers Gentiane Liqueur

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Two Friday's ago, I was flipping through the January/February issue of Imbibe Magazine and spotted the Paper Trail. The recipe was created by Colin Shearn who recently left the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Philadelphia to help open St. Charles Exchange, the Franklin's sister establishment in Louisville. With Bourbon and Aperol in the mix, I could not help but wonder if the Paper Trail was influenced by Sam Ross' Paper Plane; however, the Paper Trail uses Salers Gentiane Liqueur in place of the Paper Plane's Amaro Nonino and lemon as well as different proportions.
paper trail imbibe magazine
The Paper Trail offered up a grapefruit oil and Aperol aroma. A malty sip shared Aperol's orange-rhubarb flavors, and the swallow presented the Bourbon and the Salers' bitter gentian softened by the Aperol. The grapefruit twist was indeed a good choice for the Salers and the Aperol synthesized a grapefruit-like impression.

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