The Paper Plane Recipe

A little sweet, a little bitter, a little fresh, and a little too easy drinking.

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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Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

Rate & Comment


  • 3/4 ounce bourbon, such as Weller 7-Year or Eagle Rare

  • 3/4 ounce Aperol

  • 3/4 ounce Amaro Nonino

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice


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

Special Equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
192 Calories
0g Fat
21g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 192
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 32mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)