The Paper Plane Cocktail

A cross between a whiskey sour and a Last Word, the Paper Plane's skyrocketing popularity has landed it on cocktail menus around the world.
Illustration by Brian Clark

Courtesy Sam Ross, Attaboy, New York City

Milk & Honey alum and proprietor of Attaboy, Sam Ross, is the brain behind this modern classic. Bourbon-based and firmly in the whiskey sour category of cocktails, the herbal notes provided by the Amaro Nonino and equal-parts preparation of this drink also bring to mind the much-revered Last Word. In the 10 years since its creation, it has gained notoriety among a wide number of bartenders, and can now be found on cocktail menus worldwide.

Ingredients
  • ¾ ounce Bourbon
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce Aperol
  • ¾ ounce Amaro Nonino
Directions

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice. Shake well, and strain into a coupe glass. Ross insists that a garnish isn’t necessary, “but if one is preferred, then a grapefruit or orange slice will do.”

Published on September 11, 2017


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