Paper Plane Cocktail – Simple Recipe, Tips, Variations & Related Drinks

Paper Plane Cocktail

Paper Plane cocktail doesn’t have a name anywhere you would relate it to a Cocktail, right?

At the least, it would remind you of your childhood memories.

So, what led to naming this cocktail? And who invented it? As most of us would think, this is not a classic cocktail, as the award-winning bartender Sam Ross invented it very recently in 2007. And he named this after the M.I.A track that kept repeatedly playing during the summer when this drink was created by him.

So, what exactly is a Paper Plane? If you all know what a Last Word cocktail is, then this Paper Plane isn’t going to be difficult. It is a twist to the Last Word.

Let us find out how!

Paper Plane Cocktail Recipe

Paper Plane Cocktail Recipe

The Whiskey Land MascotBoozer Man
A modern take on the classical Last Word, Paper Plane cocktail is the right balance between bitterness and sour drinks!
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktail
Servings 1
Calories 150 kcal


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini Glasses
  • Jiggers


  • ¾ oz (45 ml) Bourbon
  • ¾ oz (45 ml) Aperol
  • ¾ oz (45 ml) Amaro Nonino
  • ¾ oz (45 ml) Fresh Lemon Juice


  • In a Cocktail shaker, add ice and add the ingredients Bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino & Freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Shake the drink well.
  • Strain the drink into the Martini Glasses.
  • Serve and Enjoy the drink!



Flavor: Bitter
Strength: Medium
ABV: 15%


Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 2.2gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1g
Keyword paper plane cocktail
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Tips To Make Paper Plane Cocktail

Amaro Nonino is usually preferred but you can use any Amaro that you find. Amaro is there to provide that bitter taste.

Aperol is also bitter but with citrus hints to it. 

Pre-chill the martini glasses before you strain the cocktail into it.

As always, use freshly squeezed lemon juice for better results.

Variation Of Paper Plane Cocktail

No variations found on this – but Sam Ross used to include Campari earlier before he settled with Aperol. So, you can try Campari but the result would not be as satisfying as this.

Related Drinks


Paper Plane Cocktail is a great way to start off your whiskey journey because this one has the nice balance between the usually unfavorable tastes like the bitterness and sourness.

Add to that the sweeter Bourbon, you get a nice blend that you will find it exhilarating after quite a few times.

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