The Paper Plane Recipe

The Paper Plane Recipe

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

This equal-parts drink was created by Sam Ross of New York's Little Branch. It got its name from M.I.A.'s song, which Ross was listening to when the drink was created. Bourbon, Aperol, Nonino, and fresh lemon juice come together in equal proportions for a drink that's a little sweet, a little bitter, a little fresh, and a little too easy drinking for a deceptively strong drink.

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  • Yield:serves 1
  • Active time: 2 minutes
  • Total time:2 minutes


  • 3/4 ounce bourbon, such as Weller 7-year or Eagle Rare
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 3/4 ounces Amaro Nonino
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice


  1. 1.

    Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass. Serve.