Ladies and Gentlemen, A Man and His Martini and Bhaskar have returned. I’ve told too many people about this blog at parties, work functions, and two truths and a lie that the writing and cultivation of cocktails must return. I haven’t stopped drinking (other then dry January) so might as well make it productive.

To ease back into the process and acclimate to making new cocktails I am going with a modern-classic, the Paper Plane. A bourbon based cocktail that is smooth, refreshing, and colorful. If you are curious, I’d recommend looking up the origins of the Paper Plane – it is a plane’s view into how cocktails in the modern area are crafted. I had a dear friend and bourbon aficionado initially recommend this cocktail but it wasn’t till a year after that I initially tried it at a bar. Fast forward another few years and the first time making this modern classic was last week. One of the critical ingredients, Amaro Nonino can be hard to purchase in PA because it’s a specialty Nonino but down in DC I found a liquor store that carried it and instantly knew what the return cocktail would be.

The Paper Plane includes 4 ingredients and is easy to make because it is an equal part drink so the ratio is 1:1:1:1. This makes it incredibly easy to scale whether one wants to make a small night cap or pitcher. Three of the four ingredients are easily found and should be on everyone’s bar cart!

Let’s get to it~   

The Paper Plane


  • 1 part Bourbon Higher Proof adds some spice / weight to the drink and is recommended
  • 1 part Aperol
  • 1 part Amaro Nonino
  • 1 part Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice
  • Shake, Shake, and Shake for 10 seconds
  • Pour into a chill cocktail glass

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