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Paper Plane

Paper Plane 1.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; Food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Spirits Oct 16, 2016

Bartender Sam Ross made the Paper Plane for the Chicago’s new Violet Hour in 2007. He’d recently tasted Amaro Nonino for the first time, and loved it. “My idea was to create an equal parts riff on the Last Word cocktail,” he says. “I feel that this cocktail became so popular because it requires no special ingredients and it's very easy to remember. [It] requires three relatively easy-to-source bottles of booze and a lemon.”

Where to Buy: We found Amaro Nonino Quintessentia at Ace and at Batch 13, both stores in the District.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 3/4 ounce bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce Amaro Nonino Quintessentia (see headnote)
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice


Chill a coupe glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the bourbon, Nonino, Aperol and lemon juice; seal and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into the chilled coupe.

Recipe Source

Adapted from Robert Simonson’s “A Proper Drink” (Ten Speed Press, 2016); created by mixologist Sam Ross for the Violet Hour in Chicago.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 210

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 18g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 17g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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