Paper plane cocktail

The perfect blend of sour, bitter, and earthy notes, This Paper Plane Cocktail is a modern classic that’s been in existence since 2007. Create this beautiful aperitivo cocktail with a gorgeous sunset hue by yourself with just four ingredients and five minutes. One sip, and you’ll feel like one of the coolest people in the neighborhood!


Although it has taken the world of bartending by storm, the story of this amaro-infused drink is relatively small. It actually did not debut in 2007! An original recipe developed by bartender award-winning Sam Ross for the swanky Chicago Wicker Park speakeasy – The Violet Hour – the Paper Plane, a bourbon cocktail, was created as a fresh take on The Last Word cocktail and named in honor of the M.I.A. song that became an instant success!

The uplifting Last Word was made from equal amounts of gin, green Chartreuse maraschino liqueur, and lime juice. The Paper Plane drink is an Amaro lemony cocktail made with bourbon.

At first sight, these two could appear like two different drinks because they’re made using other spirits, but when you sip them side-by-side, you’ll be able to notice the similarity. Both are “equal parts cocktails” made with the same recipe consisting of 1:1:1:1 ratio ingredients, using a single base spirit that is accompanied by bittersweet liqueurs and bright, fresh citrus.


With a vibrant, cheerful color and a mature flavor profile of earthy, bittersweet, and sour flavors, You’ll want to keep the Paper Plane delicious cocktail recipe on your cocktail menu for happy hour. It’s also the easiest to make because of the measurement to make it. Equal parts of each element make it easy to mix to your heart’s content.

Are you looking for other Italian Amaro cocktail recipes to test? Try this Amaro Spitz, Aperol Negroni Sour Cocktail, and Rye with Cynar Cocktail!


Making mixologist-quality cocktails at home isn’t a big challenge, but it does require the appropriate ingredients. Be sure to get top-quality bottles and fresh fruits to create these Paper Airplane drinks that really sing and taste as you would order from the local bar!

Amaro Noninoone, one of the many Italian Amaris that is bittersweet and golden-hued liqueur, is created from the grappa base, which is then laced with botanicals, citrus peel, and herbs available in many liquor stores.

Aperol – Although the bitter aperitif is created using a variety of ingredients, it is mostly flavored with gentian root as well as Rhubarb, which has a vibrant orange hue. Also, it has a high amount of sugar and an extremely low A.B.V. of 11%, which makes it more accessible to those who are a bit new to bitter cocktail culture, and also popular for its Aperol spray.

Bourbon Whiskey – Ross, who is the author of The First Paper Plane recipe, suggests that you use a heavier Bourbon with an alcohol percentage of 43-46 percent to add body.

Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice If you really would like to recreate the flavor of a cocktail bar, be sure to follow the most basic rule that you only use freshly squeezed orange juice. The juice that is packaged is flavored with essential oils that give them a bitter, ruddy flavor rather than the vibrant acidity and citrus taste that we want.


There’s nothing you need to prepare this fancy Paper Plane drinks recipe from scratch. What you’ll need:

Cocktail Shaker: If you don’t have the right one, use mason jars that have an easy-to-fit lid.

Cocktail StrainerSome models of cocktail shakers come with integrated filters. In the event that they don’t, you may change out the mesh filter from your kitchen.

Cocktail Glasses for AperitivoThis alcohol drink, bourbon-based, is extremely potent and must be enjoyed. Serve it in a suitable glass (e.g., miniature martini glasses or even sherry glass) to enjoy the ultimate extravagant effect.


It’s really easy to make this modern classic drink at home. Here’s how you can prepare one of my most-loved drinks:

Step 1: Shake. Mix equal quantities of all ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, then shake it vigorously for 30 to 45 minutes.

Step 2. Strain into the glass of a chilled cocktail.

Step 3: Garnish & Serve. A large strip of lemon or orange zest, lemon twist, or small, folded aircraft-shaped paper garnish. Cheers!


After you’ve tried the drink Paper Plane, you’ll understand the reason it’s regarded as an iconic modern drink. However, there are some variations you should consider, based upon what’s available on the bar cart

paper Kamikaze – Substitute dark rum in lieu of the bourbon.

Extra Bitter Paper Plane – Swap in Campari for the Aperol. Actually, this is the method Ross employed for his initial Paper Plane and then realized that Aperol offered a better balance.

Cheap Version – Add Grand Marnier and a few teaspoons of bitters from Angostura for Amaro Nonino. Amaro Nonino.


It would be best if you shook the bottle vigorously so that you air out; however, be cautious not to overdo it. It should take about 45 seconds of intense shaking prior to straining.

Utilize high-end ingredients. Make use of fresh lemon juice and the finest bourbon and amaro brands that you can afford.

Make use of the Jigger to measure the same. For this recipe, you’ll need 3/4 ounces of Aperol and 3/4 ounces of bourbon. One ounce juice of the lemon and 3/4 ounce nonino amaro prior to shaking!

What is A Paper Plane Cocktail?

The taste of this drink suggests it’s been around since the beginning of time due to its simplicity as well as its complex flavors and herbal properties. The truth is, Paper Plane Cocktail was created in 2008! Paper Plane Cocktail was built in the year 2008! This recipe was developed by a bartender who won awards, Sam Ross.

Ross named the drink after his song “Paper Planes” (by M.I.A.), which was a song at the time. The cocktail was served in Milk and Honey (his own N.Y.C. restaurant) with a small Paper Plane garnish.

It makes me smile on my face knowing that cocktails such as this one are being created. Sure, I love the taste of a daiquiri with fruit or a fancy cocktail at times, but I also love easy drinks like this. This drink perfectly highlights the four basic ingredients: Bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Recipe Ingredients

Below are all the components you will need to prepare this drink at home.

Bourbon Choose a middle-to premium bourbon in this recipe, such as Bulliet, Knob Creek, or Buffalo Trace.

Aperol: A bitter, orange-red colored drink that is aperitif (a drink consumed before eating to increase appetite).

Amaro Nonino: Another bitter ingredient that has some sweetness.

Fresh Lemon JuiceAlways make sure to use freshly squeezed lemon juice!

What exactly is Italian Amaro?

Amaro Nonino (an Italian amaro) is digestif that is bitter and a little sweet. A digestif is generally intended to be consumed after an eating.

This digestif contains herbal and citrus-like qualities that other ingredients can’t duplicate. This is why I highly recommend this ingredient and not attempting to replace it!

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