Cocktail of the Week: The Paper Plane

Cocktail of the Week: The Paper Plane

Welcome back, cocktail enthusiasts! It's time to dive into another exciting recipe for our coveted "Cocktail of the Week." This time, we're featuring a modern classic that has been captivating taste buds around the world—the delightful "Paper Plane." This cocktail is a symphony of flavors, combining the sweetness of Amaro Nonino, the tartness of lemon juice, the bitterness of Aperol, and the herbal notes of bourbon. So, let's roll up our sleeves and master the art of mixing the Paper Plane!

Ingredients: To create the perfect Paper Plane cocktail, you will need the following ingredients:

  • ¾ ounce (22 ml) of bourbon
  • ¾ ounce (22 ml) of Aperol
  • ¾ ounce (22 ml) of Amaro Nonino
  • ¾ ounce (22 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon twist or orange peel (for garnish)


  1. Prepare your tools and gather all the necessary ingredients.

  2. Fill a mixing glass or shaker with ice to chill your cocktail.

  3. Measure and pour ¾ ounce (22 ml) of bourbon into the mixing glass.

  4. Follow up with ¾ ounce (22 ml) of Aperol, adding a touch of delightful bitterness to the mix.

  5. Add ¾ ounce (22 ml) of Amaro Nonino to bring in the distinct herbal flavors.

  6. Finally, pour ¾ ounce (22 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon juice for a tangy twist.

  7. Securely cap the mixing glass or shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This step ensures that all the ingredients blend harmoniously.

  8. Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful aroma that wafts from your creation.

  9. Strain the contents of the mixing glass into a chilled coupe glass, using a Hawthorne strainer or a fine-mesh strainer.

  10. Finish off your Paper Plane cocktail with a garnish of a lemon twist or a strip of orange peel. Express the oils from the twist over the drink to enhance its aromatic profile.

  11. Voila! Your Paper Plane cocktail is now ready to be savored.


  • Experiment with different types of bourbons to find the one that suits your taste preferences.
  • Don't forget to use fresh lemon juice for the perfect balance of tartness.
  • Play around with the garnish by using a lemon twist or orange peel, or even add a Luxardo cherry for an extra touch of elegance.

Conclusion: The Paper Plane cocktail is a true testament to the art of mixology, combining a symphony of flavors that captivate the senses. With its perfect balance of sweetness, tartness, bitterness, and herbal notes, this modern classic is sure to impress your guests and leave them craving for more. So, why not invite your friends over, shake up a round of Paper Planes, and raise a glass to the beauty of mixology? Cheers!

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