This is The Paper Crane. It’s a pretty obvious Paper Plane knock off, but made with Mekhong in place of bourbon. This drink is funny because I started with the name, (Kuypers’ suggestion) and worked backwards. This was part of the Gwai Lo  pop-up menu and in the initial ideas for the Gwai Lo cocktail list we had planned on having a series of drinks that were obviously inspired by classics but with goofy names (Typhoon, Singapore Swizzle etc…). For this drink (which I now think I may have written about before) I use 3/4oz. measures of mekhong, lemon juice, aperol and amaro nonino. Shake the hell out of it and then serve it on rocks. It’s pretty tart and very refreshing with a little spice.

Photo: Jessica Blaine Smith