The last flight cocktail is a sweet-tart bourbon cocktail and is a cross between the Paper Plane and the Last Word. Made with equal parts of four bar staples—this is an easy cocktail recipe to make time and time again.

Ingredients Needed

Bourbon: you can truly make this recipe with any whiskey you like, but we prefer bourbon for it’s smooth, sweetness.

Green chartreuse: this French liqueur is made from 130 different herbs and botanicals. It’s vibrant green in color and has a slightly sweet vegetal taste.

Aperol: this Italian apéritif is low in alcohol content and is both sweet and slightly bitter with notes of both orange and rhubarb. If you like your cocktails on the more bitter, less sweet side, use Campari instead. Not sure about buying aperol? Try it in our Aperol Margarita!

Lemon Juice: as we always say, fresh is best!

How to Make

The Last Flight cocktail is incredibly easy to make! All you have to remember is the ingredient list!

  1. Add half an ounce of each ingredient to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill.
  2. Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass or nick and nora glass. Garnish with a lemon twist peel and enjoy.

What is Green Chartreuse?

Green chartreuse is a French liqueur made from 130 different herbs and botanicals. It was first produced by in 1737 by monks using a recipe from 1605. Unlike most other liqueuers, green chartreuse actually gets better with age (a great reason to always have this on hand!).

The vibrant green color of this liqueur comes from naturally occuring chlorophyll. While green chartreuse cousin, yellow chartreuse, is sweeter and gets its color from saffron.)

What does green chartreuse taste like? It’s slightly sweet with a very distinct vegetal/herbal taste. We get a lot of coriander flavor from it.

More Bourbon Cocktails

We love bourbon cocktails around here and one of our favorites is the classic Bourbon Smash. Then try our Apple Bourbon Smash in the fall for a cozy, spiced take on the classic.

We’ve tested our Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe time and time again. We’re certain it is the absolute perfect old fashioned!

Our Fig-Infused Bourbon makes a great gift for the holidays.

Last Flight Cocktail Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Category Drinks / Cocktails


A cross between the Paper Plane cocktail and the Last Word cocktail—this boozy drink is easy to memorize and a great go-to cocktail when you want something citrusy yet full-flavored.


  • ½ ounce Bourbon
  • ½ ounce Green chartreuse
  • ½ ounce Aperol
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice


  • Add everything to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Secure lid and give it a shake until chilled.
  • Strain into a coupe or Nick & Nora glass and garlish with a lemon twist.



If you prefer a less-sweet cocktail, try swapping out the Aperol with Campari for a more bitter flavor.


Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 4.5gSodium: 3mgSugar: 2g
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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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