Paper Plane


|Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023

Considering the drink’s ubiquity among bartenders and at cocktail bars, one might imagine that the Paper Plane was a storied classic. However, it was only invented in 2008. The inventor: Sam Ross, an award-winning bartender and the co-owner of Attaboy and Diamond Reef in New York City.

The Paper Plane is a modern variation on the Last Word, a classic, equal-parts drink composed of gin, lime, maraschino liqueur and green Chartreuse. At first glance, the bourbon-spiked Paper Plane might not seem too similar. But it follows the same template and consists of equal parts bourbon, Amaro Nonino, Aperol and lemon juice. Both drinks strike a beautiful balance between bitter, sour and herbal notes.

What You'll Need

  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz Amaro
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey


  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, preferably a solid cube and shake vigorously until nicely chilled.

  • Pour into a coup or cocktail glass. The world tells us you're supposed to pour this drink neat, but we like a big ass piece of ice in ours.

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