Paper Plane

The origins of the Paper Plane date back to 2008, when it was invented by NYC bartender Sam Ross. It's might not be a long history, but it's since become a staple on many cocktail menus. So naturally, we created our own variation using The Glenlivet's 12 Year Old scotch. Combining herbal liqueur, Aperol and whisky with a squeeze of fresh lemon, Paper Plane is a bittersweet cocktail you'll enjoy again and again.



ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
25 ml
25 ml
25 ml
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
25 ml


  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with Cubed Ice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Double Strain into a chilled Coupe.
  4. Garnish with Orange Zest.
  5. Serve.

Paper Plane cocktail garnishes

The Paper Plane cocktail is traditionally garnished with a orange peel twist to accentuate the fresh citrus flavours. Plus an optional sugar rim for sweetness. But we also love a literal garnish. Fold edible rice paper into a small plane to float atop your drink, or peg a non-edible alternative to the side for a fun nod to the name. You could even write a secret message to the recipient.

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Paper Plane cocktail variations

The Paper Plane might be relatively new to the cocktail scene but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own. The whisky, Aperol and bitters trio is easy to put a spin on.

Mix up the fruity flavour by swapping lemon juice for oranges, strawberries or cherry. Add a pour of soda to get a longer-lasting highball. Or pour in Prosecco for a sparkling serve.

The cocktail history of the Paper Plane

The Paper Plane’s origin story takes us back to 2008 New York. It was here that award-winning bartender Sam Ross experimented with a modern take on the Last Word, a pre-Prohibition cocktail with a similar sprit to liqueur and citrus ratio. The Paper Plane came about after Ross was asked by a friend to invent a new drink for The Violet Hour in Chicago. Served in a couple glass, the cocktail is named after M.I.A.’s hit summer song ‘Paper Planes’.