Paper Plane

Bright and balanced with just a kiss of bitterness from the Amaro and Aperol® liqueurs, this elegant riff on the whisky sour sails to delicious, new heights.


  • 1 part Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1 part Aperol®
  • 1 part Amaro Nonino Quintessentia®
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon zest or twist for garnish
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Pro Tips
Double straining, or fine straining, is exactly as it sounds. Once you're done shaking your drink, place your Hawthorne strainer over the mouth of the shaker. Hold your mesh strainer over your serving glass, pour the cocktail out of the tin and through the mesh. This will ensure your drink’s consistency.
“1 part” is the basis for how cocktail ingredients are measured. For this cocktail, all measurements are equal – or one part each. A “1/2 part” would mean dividing by 2. “2 parts” would mean multiplying by 2. And so on.
Coupe glasses make an elegant statement when serving drinks like sours, Martinis and sparkling wine cocktails. Created in the 1660s for Champagne, they were not, as legend would have it, designed around the shape of Marie Antoinette’s bosom.
If you can’t find Amaro Nonino Quintessentia®, its Sicilian cousin, Averna, is a nice sub for your amaro cocktails. You may already know Aperol and its stronger counterpart, Campari. Other interesting Amari have a cola-esque profile, while some are more herbal. Like Fernet-Branca and Cynar, which is made with artichoke.

How to

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake for 15 to 20 seconds.
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon zest or a twist.

FIRST IN FLIGHT History of the Paper Plane

The Paper Plane cocktail may get its name from its remarkable balance – like a paper airplane that has been folded just right. This bourbon cocktail has quickly ascended to “classic” status in the nearly 20 years since its creation. Piloted in the early 2000s by New York bartender Sam Ross, the cocktail originally called for Campari instead of Aperol. The Aperol version (popularized by acclaimed bartender Toby Maloney) has become canonical. The less bitter, lower-proof Aperol brightens things up, bringing touches of citrus and the signature Maker’s® caramel notes forward.

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