How to make a Paper Plane Cocktail
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The Paper Plane

By Stephen Thompson

The Paper Plane is a modern Classic and an industry favourite created in 2008, It’s a carefully balanced sour featuring bourbon Italian aperitivo, amaro and lemon juice in equal parts.


20ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon

20ml Select Aperitivo

20ml Montenegro Amaro

½ Lemon, squeezed

Paper Aeroplane & Peg or Lemon Twist Garnish


Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 2 Minutes

Total: 4 Minutes


115 calories





Chill a martini glass or coupette in the freezer or by filling it with ice.

Using your jigger to measure, add your bourbon, Select Aperitivo and Montenegro Amaro to your Boston glass or shaker

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon Into the shaker

Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal

Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds

Remove your glass from the freezer or empty it of ice

Double strain your cocktail into your chilled martini glass or coupette

Garnish with a mini paper plane pegged to the glass or a lemon twist

Serve and enjoy!


Hawthorn Strainer
Fine Mesh Strainer
Elbow Press
Cubed Ice


The Paper Plane was created in 2007 by the team behind former World’s Best Bar, Milk & Honey for the opening of their former colleagues’ new Chicago bar, The Violet Hour.

The drink is a riff on a Last Word which itself is a riff on a Corpse Reviver No.2, each of these cocktails is composed of four ingredients in equal measure–a base spirit, two modifying liqueurs and a citrus juice. The Paper Plane is named after MIA’s 2007 single Paper Planes which was a guilty pleasure of the creators’.

Our version replaces the usual Aperol with Select Aperitivo. The original Venetian spritz liqueur, Select contains similar notes to the famous aperitivo but boasts a higher ABV and a slightly dryer more rounded flavour profile.