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The Paper Plane with Amaro and Bourbon

The Paper Plane with Amaro and Bourbon

A dry, well-balanced, and not-too-sweet cocktail made with bourbon and amaro.

The Paper Plane with Amaro and Bourbon

The Paper Plane Cocktail (named after the M.I.A. song) was created by Sam Ross from the Little Branch bar in NYC.  It’s a tasty combination of Bourbon, Aperol, Amaro, and lemon juice.
Technically you should use Nonino Quintessentia Amaro, but I don’t have that at home so I used Amaro Lucano.  It worked really well, but I’d say use any amaro you may have at home and it will still be delicious.
The flavors all work really nicely together and create a really well-balanced slightly dry cocktail. I’ve enjoyed the Paper Plane at a couple of cocktail bars and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to recreate at home. I was a little worried that it might taste too strong or need a sweetener, but it really didn’t. Give it a try and celebrate with me!

  • Author: Maya Dutta-Linn
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktail


  • ¾ ounce Bourbon
  • ¾ ounce Aperol
  • ¾ ounce Amaro liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and enjoy.

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