The Paper Plane cocktail is a light, refreshing grapefruit-tinged cocktail with the sophistication of a vintage flight.
History of the Paper Plane Cocktail Recipe
If you’ve heard of the Penicillin Cocktail, you might know the inventor of the Paper Plane Cocktail—Sam Ross. Ross is a very well-known bartender from the famed New York bar Milk & Honey, which is also where the Gold Rush Cocktail was invented.
A few years after Ross created the Penicillin Cocktail, he and Milk & Honey owner Sasha Petraske created the Paper Plane cocktail for the opening of a colleague’s Chicago-based bar named The Violet Hour.
This bourbon-based cocktail is named after “Paper Planes,” a popular M.I.A. song you may have heard in Slumdog Millionaire and Pineapple Express.
The Paper Plane and the Last Word
How are these two cocktails connected? To put it simply, the Paper Plane is a modern-day version of the Prohibition-era, gin-based Last Word cocktail.
The Paper Plane cocktail recipe replaces gin with bourbon, uses Green Chartreuse and Maraschino liqueur instead of Aperol and Amaro Nonino, and swaps lime juice with lemon juice, all in ¾ oz amounts each.
Paper Plane Cocktail Ingredients
So, what’s in a paper plane cocktail, anyway?
- Bourbon whiskey
- Amara Nonino Quintessentia
- Fresh lemon juice
How to Make a Paper Plane Cocktail
Today, we’re going to learn how to make this beautiful bourbon-based cocktail with just 4 ingredients.
First, add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice: bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino Quintessentia, and lemon juice.
Then, cover and shake until very well chilled.
Next, strain the drink mixture into a coupe glass, or a martini glass like I have. Add a garnish—like a mini paper plane or lemon twist—and enjoy!
How Many Calories in a Paper Plane?
One Paper Plane cocktail has approximately 181 calories in it.
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