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Despite the vast difference in ingredients, there are two things that make the Paper Plane similar to the Last Word: the consistent ingredient ratio (1:1:1:1) between both cocktails, and the trademark bitter, herbal flavor — this time from a mix of earthy Luxardo Aperitivo, full-bodied bourbon, Amaro, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.


¾ oz. Luxardo Aperitivo

¾ oz. Luxardo Amaro Abano 

¾ oz. Bourbon whiskey

¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon peel for garnish


Step 1

Add liquid ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. 

Step 2

Strain mixture into a chilled coupe glass.

Step 3

Garnish the finished cocktail with lemon peel.


Year of Origin

Paper plane

Coupe glass, meet first class — we’re taking the Last Word to new heights.

       n 2007, M.I.A’s “Paper Planes” blared on  

       airwaves across the world — and award-winning 

       NYC bartenders Sasha Petraske and Sam Ross were duly inspired to create their now-famous cocktail of the exact same name.


The resulting Paper Plane was then handed off to colleague Toby Maloney for his new bar, The Violet Hour, before becoming a menu item back at Petraske and Ross’s bar, Milk and Honey.  The lofty mix of Luxardo Aperitivo, Amaro, bourbon and fresh lemon juice quickly became a hit among bar patrons in New York — and soon took off to become a globally regarded variation of its predecessor, the Last Word.


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