Paper plane is a cocktail made with equal parts bourbon, Amaro Nonino, Aperol, and lemon juice. It has a bittersweet and citrusy flavor that is perfect for whiskey lovers.
Paper plane recipe
- 30 ml Bourbon whiskey
- 30 ml Amaro Nonino
- 30 ml Aperol
- 30 ml fresh lemon juice
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker, shake well with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.
Directions for how to make the Paper plane
- Take a cocktail shaker and add ice to it.
- Measure and pour 30 ml of Bourbon whiskey into the shaker.
- Add 30 ml of Amaro Nonino to the shaker.
- Measure and pour 30 ml of Aperol into the shaker.
- Add 30 ml of fresh lemon juice to the shaker.
- Cover the shaker with a lid and shake well for a few seconds until the ingredients are well mixed and cold.
- Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Serve and enjoy your Paper plane drink!
Tips for how to make the perfect Paper plane
- Use a high-quality, clear spirit such as vodka or gin as the base of the drink.
- Balancing the sour and sweet flavours is key to creating the perfect Paper Plane. Use fresh lemon juice and a high-quality Amaro for optimal taste.
- Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice for at least 10 seconds to ensure a well-mixed, frothy cocktail.
- Strain the contents into a coupe glass for an elegant presentation.
- Garnish with a lemon twist or peel for an extra burst of flavour and beautiful aesthetic.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Paper plane
One alcohol-free alternative to the Paper Plane cocktail could be a mocktail made with ingredients such as fresh-squeezed lemon juice, Aperol or another bitter citrus liqueur, non-alcoholic Vermouth, and simple syrup. A dash of bitters can also be added for added complexity. This mocktail can be served over ice and garnished with lemon wedges or orange peel for a refreshing, citrusy flavor without the boozy kick. Another alternative could be a virgin version of Mojito, made with sparkling water, fresh mint, lime juice, and sugar. This drink is also refreshing, light, and perfect for summer days.
Paper plane fun facts
- The Paper Plane cocktail was named after a song with the same title by M.I.A.
- This drink was invented by Sam Ross in 2007, who also created the popular cocktail Penicillin.
- The Paper Plane contains equal parts of four different ingredients - bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, and lemon juice.
- It is served best chilled, and is often garnished with a twist of lemon or an orange peel.
- The Paper Plane is a relatively new addition to the cocktail scene, but has quickly gained popularity for its unique flavor profile and accessibility.