Dark Door Spirits is a Tampa staple in the distillery scene. The distillery has been welcoming the community in for tours, cocktail classes, hot yoga, and all other kinds of fun events. Now, they have paired with Cigar City Brewery, a Tampa staple in the brewery scene, to produce a canned, ready to drink, Paper Plane cocktail.
It’s a collaboration that, on the surface, might seem odd at first. However, utilizing the resources of both of these companies has turned into something deliciously successful.
Shane Neukam, Dark Door’s master mixologist spent a significant portion of time on the formulation and testing of their new creation. And, as usual, anything Shane puts his name behind doesn’t disappoint.
What is a Paper Plane?
The paper plane is a younger cocktail, having only been invented in 2007. Though, its roots run deeper as it is a variation of a classic cocktail called “Last World.” The classic version was a simple mixture of equal parts:
- Green Chartreuse
- Lime juice
- Maraschino liqueur
The cocktail was invented by Sasha Petraske and Sam Ross. They were trying to invent a new cocktail for their friend’s bar, The Violet Lounge. Paper Plane was named after a song by British rapper M.I.A. that they were listening to while crafting their invention.
A Paper Plane combines bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, lemon juice.
However, Dark Door and Cigar City have created a direct to market, easy drinking, lower proof entry that could be enjoyed by beer and spirits enthusiasts alike.
How Do You Get One?
The first thing I would suggest doing is going to their release party.
They’re going to be slinging cocktails and partying it up Friday, August 20th from 6-9pm. It is your opportunity to go out, have fun, support a local business, and drink some awesome cocktails!
Local musician Sam Williams will be in attendance to play some tunes while you sip your cocktail.
What makes this bash even more sweet is that Florida recently passed a new article allowing distilleries to sell cocktails at their bars. Previously, distilleries were able to offer cocktails complimentary, but were unable to sell them to customers.
This is an incredible new opportunity for Dark Door Spirits to grow. They are a cool hangout spot, and now they can function as a bar during those events. This gives them the opportunity to craft new cocktails and keep the spirits flowing.
If you are in the Tampa Bay Area this Friday, you should come and meet the crew. It’ll be a great time to come and check some cocktails, as well as listen to some great local music!
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Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.