Classic
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Bourbon • Bitter
Paper Plane

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A riff on the Last Word, this modern classic was created by New York bartender Sam Ross. Mimicking the Last Word’s elegant balance between sourness, bitterness and herbaceousness, the Paper Plane is one of Ross’ greatest contributions to the cocktail canon. A mix of equal parts bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino (a grappa-based digestif made in Friuli, Italy) and fresh lemon juice, the cocktail tastes like a tarter, bolder, more complex Manhattan. Best of all, with its vibrant sourness, this bourbon cocktail is sippable year round.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Aperol
Amaro Nonino
Shaker
Strainer
The Details

Ingredients

0.75 oz Bourbon
0.75 oz Aperol
0.75 oz Amaro Nonino
0.75 oz fresh Lemon Juice
Lemon twist, for garnish

Method

  • In a shaker tin with ice, add the bourbon, Aperol, amaro and fresh lemon juice. Shake.
  • Using a Hawthorne strainer, strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.
intermediate
Strength:
Gin Sweet Easy
Twentieth Century

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