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How to Make a Paper Plane Cocktail Recipe

The paper plane cocktail is a boosey offshoot of the last word cocktail, invented by bartender Sam Ross in 2007. It is allegedly inspired by and named after the hit song Paper planes by M.I.A. Cheers

Here’s What You’re Going to Need

Here is the equipment you will need to make a paper plane cocktail:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Chilled cocktail glass
Barman pouring fresh Paper Plane cocktail from shaker into a decorated glass on the bar counter

For the cocktail:

  • 3/4 oz Bourbon whisky
  • 3/4 oz Montenegro
  • 3/4 oz Aperol
  • 3/4 oz Lemon juice
  • ice cubes

For the garnish:

  • 1 lemon twist

Paper Plane Cocktail Recipe

Paper Plane Cocktail

delicious drink recipe for a paper plane cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paper plane cocktail, paper plane cocktail recipe, paper plane drink recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 103kcal
Cost: $5


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Chilled cocktail glass



  • 3/4 oz Bourbon whisky
  • 3/4 oz Montenegro
  • 3/4 oz Aperol
  • 3/4 oz Lemon juice
  • ice cubes


  • 1 lemon twist


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
    a bartender is pouring ice into a shaker over top of a table
  • Combine all of the cocktail ingredients in the cocktail shaker.
  • Shake well for 20-30 seconds.
    bartender mixing a cocktail using a shaker over top of a prep table
  • strain into a chilled cocktail glass & garnish with a twist of lemon



Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 8mg
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History of The Paper Plane Cocktail

The paper plane cocktail was created by Australian bartender Sam Ross. The cocktail got its name because Sam was listening to the song paper planes by M.I.A as he created the cocktail.

Elegant cocktail glass filled with tasty and sweet summer drink decorated with pink flower and powder and bottle of orange liquor

This cocktail has become widely popular in the Toronto area and has drawn comparables to the whisky sour.

Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s

I don’t have Montenegro is there a different type of liquor I can use?

Any of the liquors in the Amaro family will be just fine, in fact its all about preferance. The original recipe calls for Amaro Ninino. Montenegro still gives a wonderful taste, is more affordable and is more readily availible.

I don’t have a cocktail shaker what should I do?

An easy soloution is to take two different size glasses that taper outwards towards the top that both have a perfectly round opening, mix your ingredients in the larger of the two glasses, then invert the smaller glass and place it into the larger one. Press and hold the two together firmly and shake.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many millilitres you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total and the calculator will do the rest.

Some Other Ways This Drink is Made

This recipe is the original paper plane by Sam Ross. Some key differences include 1-ounce lemon juice instead of 3/4 oz, 1oz Amaro Nonino instead of 3/4oz Montenegro, 1 oz Aperol instead of 3/4 oz, 1oz bourbon instead of 3/4oz, and lastly no lemon juice.

The key difference with this recipe is the use of 2/3 oz equal parts instead of 3/4 oz.

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