Lost Plane Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Lost Plane cocktail is a modern twist on classic bitter cocktails. It's designed for those who appreciate the depth and complexity that comes from the blend of dark rum, Aperol, and Montenegro Amaro. The cocktail is believed to have been created by a seasoned mixologist who wanted to capture the essence of adventure and the unknown in a glass.

  • Ideal for those who crave a journey of flavors
  • Perfect for a reflective evening or a sophisticated gathering
  • Often enjoyed by connoisseurs of craft cocktails

How Lost Plane Tastes?

The Lost Plane offers a harmonious balance of sweet and bitter, with the dark rum providing a rich, caramel-like undertone. The Aperol adds a touch of herbal bitterness, while the Montenegro Amaro brings a complex, botanical profile. The fresh lemon juice cuts through with a bright acidity, making the cocktail both refreshing and robust.

Interesting facts about Lost Plane

  • The Lost Plane cocktail is often associated with the golden age of travel and exploration.
  • Its name evokes a sense of mystery and adventure, much like the fabled 'lost planes' in adventure tales.
  • The cocktail's balance of ingredients makes it a versatile choice for various occasions, from casual meet-ups to formal events.


Dark Rum

Dark Rum adds a sweet, molasses-like depth that is the backbone of the Lost Plane. Its rich flavors provide warmth and tropical notes—a hint of mystery for the adventurous palate. If we used less, the cocktail might be too bitter; more, and it might overpower the other ingredients. Without it, the cocktail would lose its depth. A substitute? Go for bourbon if you're out of rum. It's like choosing a log cabin over a beach hut—still cozy, a bit smoky, but a different scene altogether.

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Aperol, with its bright orange color and unique bitter-sweet profile, gives the cocktail its charismatic edge. It makes the drink more approachable than if you'd used a stronger bitter like Campari. If you skip Aperol, you rob the drink of its playful bitterness and vibrant hue. Go lighter, and the drink is less complex; heavier, and it's like a bitter slap on the palate. Want to mix things up? Try Cappelletti—the cousin with a slightly spicier kick.

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Montenegro Amaro

What Montenegro Amaro brings to the party is herbal complexity and sweet, botanical-infused sophistication. It makes you feel like you're sipping your cocktail in an Italian garden. Using too little might end up with a simpler, less engaging drink; too much, and you’re in herbal overload. Take it away, and you're taking the soul out of the Lost Plane. As an alternative, Amaro Nonino also works well and presents a lighter, more citrus-forward profile.

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Fresh Lemon Juice

Now, the Fresh Lemon Juice—it's the zing, the zesty sidekick that cuts through all the flavors with a citrusy high note. Not enough, and the cocktail may be too sweet; too much, and well, pucker up for a sour ride. No lemon juice means a flat, lifeless affair. A nice pivot would be to use lime juice for a touch of tropical tartness, making it a twist in its own right.

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Lemon Twist

Finally, the garnish—Lemon Twist not only looks snazzy but also adds an aromatic welcome as you take each sip. It's like saying 'hello' with a zesty smile. Leaving it out is like forgetting a handshake—it's just not as friendly. If you don’t have a lemon, a strip of orange peel could lend a warmer, sweeter introduction to the drink.

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Recipe. How to make Lost Plane Drink

  1. Combine 0.75 oz of dark rum, 0.75 oz of Aperol, 0.75 oz of Montenegro Amaro, and 0.75 oz of fresh lemon juice into your cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake the mixture with ice vigorously.
  3. Strain the concoction into a chilled stemmed cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a twist of lemon, expressing the oils over the drink and placing it on the rim.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lemon juice for the brightest flavor.
  • Chill the cocktail glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • When garnishing, twist the lemon peel over the glass to release the essential oils before adding it to the drink.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Plate

Pair the Lost Plane cocktail with an array of cheeses, especially those with a bit of age and nuttiness to them like Gouda or Manchego. The complexity of the Amaro and the bitterness of the Aperol will cut through the cheese's richness and complement their flavors.


Salty and cured meats will go nicely with the herbal and bitter elements of the cocktail. Think about prosciutto or soppressata; their savory goodness will be a match made in heaven with the Lost Plane.


A dish like grilled shrimp or seared scallops with a citrus glaze would complement the citrusy notes of the lemon juice in the cocktail, making for a refreshing and balanced pairing.

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What you could change in Lost Plane

  • Dark Rum: Can be substituted with a similarly aged rum or a bourbon for a different twist.
  • Aperol: Campari can be used for a stronger bitter note.
  • Montenegro Amaro: Other amari like Averna or Nonino can be used, though they will slightly alter the flavor profile.

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Spiced Plane

  • Substitute the dark rum with spiced rum.
  • Follow the original Lost Plane recipe using spiced rum. This version will take your senses on a spicier journey. The spices in the rum will add an extra layer of warmth, perfect for a chilly evening when adventure calls.

Herbal Takeoff

  • Replace Aperol with Strega or Chartreuse.
  • Use the original recipe with the chosen herbal liqueur. The result will be a more herbaceous, almost medicinal concoction. Perfect for those who appreciate a walk in the woods or a deep conversation by the fireplace.

Citrus Horizon

  • Use equal parts of lemon and lime juice.
  • Add a dash of orange bitters. This twist sails closer to tropical shores, accentuating the citrus notes and bringing a brighter profile to the Lost Plane. Promise of a sunny escapade even on the cloudiest of days.

In case you forgot basics how to make Lost Plane

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Lost Plane

What type of glass is recommended for serving the Lost Plane cocktail?

A chilled stemmed cocktail glass, such as a coupe or a Nick & Nora glass, is recommended for the best presentation and to maintain the temperature of the drink.

Can I make the Lost Plane cocktail in large batches for a party?

While the Lost Plane is traditionally made per serving, it is possible to pre-mix large batches without the ice. Remember to shake or stir with ice before serving to ensure proper dilution and chill.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Lost Plane cocktail?

Yes! You can create a mocktail version by using non-alcoholic dark rum alternatives, a non-alcoholic aperitif instead of Aperol, and an herbal or botanical syrup in place of Montenegro Amaro.

How can I achieve the best balance of flavors in the Lost Plane cocktail?

Measuring each ingredient precisely and using high-quality spirits will help maintain the intended flavor balance. Also, be sure not to over-shake, as this can dilute the drink too much.

What is the significance of the cocktail's name 'Lost Plane'?

The name 'Lost Plane' is likely a nod to the sense of mystery and adventure elicited by the cocktail's complex flavor profile, inspiring thoughts of exotic travels and undiscovered territories.

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