The Next Negroni

October 29, 2015

The temperature’s dropping, the coats are coming out, tea, fireplaces—fa la la blah blah. You’re probably still ordering Negronis like it’s Summer 2015 (and 2014). We are, too. But not without curiosity about what else is out there.

For the times when you want the citrus, bitter, and deep-hued lure of a Negroni—but you don’t want yet another one—there’s the Paper Plane. Amaro and Aperol bring the bitter (Aperol also a moody red hue), a squeeze of lemon the citrus zing. It’s even tailored for the winter months, as bourbon is swapped in for gin at a time when it feels that clear liquors are like the color white: unacceptable after Labor Day.

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Shake it in a shaker with ice and pour this one into a coupe or a rocks glass—or a mug, if you’re really ready to move on from Summer 2015.

The Paper Plane Cocktail

Make 1

3/4 ounces bourbon
3/4 ounces Amaro Nonino

3/4 ounces Aperol
3/4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice

See the recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photo by James Ransom

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tom June 10, 2016
Boulevardier is my winter Negroni.
juliunruly December 28, 2015
This is a good cocktail, but I find it more cumbersome to make what with the lemon and the shaking. I'm lazy. I prefer to give things a low-key stir with a barspoon and call it a night.
Conrad B. November 5, 2015
No! I thought we all agreed the next Negroni is the Boulevardier.
Susannalhm November 2, 2015
A Boulevardier is my winter Negroni!
Jim B. October 30, 2015
Try a negroni but sub in rye. Been told it goes by many names, Al Capone, Old Pal, etc. But so good.
Catherine L. October 30, 2015
I mean I'm still a Negroni girl but I will give this a go. Cause change is good.