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Paper plane cocktail with aperol and bourbon
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5 from 12 votes

Paper Plane Cocktail Recipe

A light refreshing cocktail make from bourbon, aperol, amaro nonino, and fresh lemon juice, the paper plane is a classic and well loved drink you'll make again and again!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amaro nonino, aperol, bourbon cocktail, how to make a paper plane, paper plane drink
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 210kcal
Author: ari | well seasoned


  • Cocktail shaker


  • 1 ½ oz bourbon such as Four Roses
  • 1 ½ oz aperol
  • 1 ½ oz amaro nonino
  • 1 ½ oz fresh lemon juice about 1 lemon


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in all ingredients. Secure the lid on top, then shake vigorously for 15 - 20 seconds.
  • Strain and pour cocktail into a coupe glass. Enjoy!


Original recipe for a Paper Plane cocktail was developed by Aussie bartender Sam Ross in 2007. I owe this man everything!!
  • You can double the recipe to make 2 cocktails, but any more than that will likely not fit into a cocktail shaker. 
  • For variations on the paper plane drink, try substituting other forms of fresh citrus, such as orange (sweeter) or grapefruit (likely to be much more bitter overall!).

For more cocktail recipes we think you'll love, check out the following drinks:

French 75
Classic no-fail margaritas
Bloody Mary bar
Blood orange paper plane


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Sugar: 17g
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