Why The Paper Plane Is The Quintessential Modern Cocktail

While some cocktail recipes date back to the 1800s, the Paper Plane was developed by Sasha Petraske and Sam Ross in the mid-2000s. This contemporary classic was named after the song "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. Its inherent simplicity helped it spread quickly from the midwestern restaurant scene to a staple of modern cocktail bars. It blends American and European spirits and is a mix of bitter and sweet flavors. Its harmonious marriage of bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, and fresh lemon juice is well-balanced, sophisticated, bold, and refreshing.

Paper Plane Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz Aperol
  • 3/4 oz Amaro Nonino
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Twist for garnish

How To Make A Paper Plane

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, and lemon juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist for a touch of citrus zest.

Choose a high-quality bourbon with a balanced flavor profile, such as our Buffalo Trace MFWYG barrel pick. This will enhance the overall taste of the Paper Plane, adding both complexity and depth.

Paper Plane Riff

Substitute strawberry liqueur for Amaro Nonino and garnish with a strawberry and you'll have what's known as an "Airport Bar" cocktail.



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