How to Make Nomads' Paper Plane Cocktail

Take a flight in the Paper Plane at Nomads Coffee and Cocktails.

Nomads Coffee and Cocktails Kansas City



   A hint of adventure.

That’s what Andrew Park wanted to thread through 

   Nomads Coffee and Cocktails, which he opened in the former D.B. Cooper’s space on West 39th Street in late October. Park is an avid traveler, and photos that he’s snapped from his own trips to Alaska and Mount Everest line the walls at Nomads. A bookshelf stocks classic novels meant to inspire wanderlust. And, of course, there’s the cocktail list. 

   Cocktails at Nomads skew classic — part of Park’s desire to keep things simple. Whether you’re a neighborhood regular or just passing through on your way to the next adventure, there’s a drink with your name on it at Nomads. 


   We’d call the Paper Plane a modern classic. This beautiful and balanced cocktail was invented in 2007 by master mixologist Sam Ross, one of the most celebrated bartenders alive and the man behind New York’s acclaimed Attaboy. Today, bars across the world have incorporated the Paper Plane into their menus. It’s not hard to understand why: This cocktail tastes like a sun-kissed daydream.


   Nomads uses Old Forester bourbon, which, with more than 145 years behind it, is the longest-running bourbon on the market today. Old Forester has a spicy, rye quality to it. 
Aperol is an Italian aperitif with an orange citrus profile and a sweet finish. The Aperol is what gives the Paper Plane its attractive pink hue.

   Amaro Nonino is a sophisticated, silky digestif made in northern Italy. It’s grappa-based and aged for five years in oak barrels, which helps to round out the myriad herbs and spices — like gentian and saffron — that are infused. 

   Nomads Coffee and Cocktails, 1804 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO.

Paper Plane cocktail Nomads Kansas City



• 3/4 ounce bourbon

• 3/4 ounce Aperol

• 3/4 ounce Amaro Nonino

• 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice 

• Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe glass.