If you like a classic Last Word cocktail, this Paper Plane cocktail might just become your new favorite.
We came across this drink on liquor.com when searching for drinks that can be made with Amaro after a bottle was sent to us by Ramazzotti to try. After a few minutes scratching our heads wondering what to make with it, we found the Paper Plane.
This is a cocktail that was invented in 2008 by award-winning bartender, Sam Ross. You can read the whole story on liquor.com. It’s a modern twist on the Last Word that uses equal amounts of gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and freshly pressed lime juice.
You might be wondering how bourbon, Aperol, amaro, and lemon juice make a similar drink, but you’ll understand once you try it. The strong, bitter, herbal profile shines in this drink, much like in the Last Word.
Two things to note that Ross recommends is not to over shake the cocktail. It should be shaken until chilled, but not so it becomes watered down. He also recommends to use a slightly higher proof Bourbon, in the 43%-46% ABV range, suggested on liquor.com.
Give it a try. You might just fall in love with it, like so many others have. If you’re a fan of Bourbon and bitter, this is definitely one you’ll be interested in.
What is Amaro?
If you’ve never heard of Amaro, that’s okay. It’s an Italian herbal liqueur that is often consumed as an after dinner digestif. It has a bitter and sweet profile. In fact, the word amaro in Italian means bitter.
Amaro is made with a blend of different herbs, roots, bark, and citrus according to the maker’s preferences. These are infused in alcohol, typically a neutral spirit, and then mixed with sugar to sweeten it. The alcohol is then aged in casks or bottles.
You’ll find Amaro from a many different brands. We like the one from Ramazzotti, which you can find easily. It’s great when served neat with a citrus peel, or mixed into a cocktail or served with tonic.
>> Looking for another Amaro cocktail to try? You might also like to try the Black Manhattan.
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This Paper Plane cocktail, invented by bartender Sam Ross, features bourbon, Amaro, aperol and lemon juice.
- 1 1/2 oz Amaro
- 1 1/2 oz Aperol
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon
- 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold.
- Strain into 2 coupe glasses.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g
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Laura is the founder and editor of the travel blogs Savored Sips and Savored Journeys. She is dedicated to sharing the best information about drinks found around the world.