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
Add liquid ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.
Strain mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish the finished cocktail with lemon peel.
Year of Origin
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.
Make this classic at home.