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  • Barrell Craft Spirits



Looking for a cocktail that’s super-flavorful, but not too strong for a sunny afternoon? Enter the Paper Plane, a bourbon and amaro-based cocktail with the same laid-back, breezy spirit as a perfectly lofted paper plane.

While it tastes like a classic, the Paper Plane was actually invented in 2007 by New York bartender Sam Ross. (He’s also responsible for another modern classic, the Penicillin.) In addition to being delicious, it’s also an easy cocktail recipe to remember, since each of its four major ingredients—whiskey, Amaro Nonino, Aperol, and lemon juice—are used in equal parts.

Our riff on this refreshing yet complex cocktail features Barrell Armida, our blend of bourbons finished in pear brandy, rum, and Sicilian amaro casks. The grapefruit and lemon riff on the whiskey’s fruity tones contributed by the pear brandy casks, while the gently bitter, citrusy flavors of Amaro Nonino and Aperol pair beautifully with the spicy notes of the bourbon, rum, and Sicilian amaro.


Recipe by mixologist Nic Christiansen, Single Barrel Program Manager and Assistant Blender at Barrell Craft Spirits

● ¾ oz Barrell Armida

● ¾ oz Amaro Nonino

● ¾ oz Aperol

● ¾ oz fresh lemon juice

● Strip of grapefruit zest, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a grapefruit peel.


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