Winter is here, friends so it’s time for some rich and comforting cocktails. This whiskey flip cocktail is like having someone give you a warm, boozy hug. It is frothy, creamy, and perfect for sipping in front of the fireplace.
What is a Flip?
After doing some digging in Wikipedia, I found out that the term “flip” dates all the way back to the 1600s when someone had the crazy idea of mixing rum, beer, and sugar and heating it up with a hot iron.
The sudden influx of heat made the drink frothy. In time, people replaced the beer with eggs and did away with the hot iron. Nowadays, the frothiness in flips comes from shaking the eggs rather than playing around with dangerous hot objects.
Unlike traditional flips, this whiskey flip cocktail combines two different types of bitters, cardamon and cocoa, to add a more complex and comforting mix of flavors. I’ve also chosen to use an orange liqueur and a bit of sherry to add brightness, sweetness, and balance to the cocktail.
But Aren’t Raw Eggs Supposed to be Evil?
The truth about consuming raw eggs is a little bit more nuanced that mainstream media will have you believe.
People are usually told not to consume raw eggs because of the risk of contracting a type of salmonella. This bacteria can get into eggs from infected chickens but, in reality, the likelihood of this happening is extremely small.
Salmonella might also be present in eggs with cracked shells, so a good rule of thumb is to throw those out.
I also recommend using the freshest eggs you can find and keeping them refrigerated. It’s always a plus if you can get them from a local farm because there’s a better chance that they’ll be fresh.
So, to summarize: raw eggs are not necessarily evil as long as you choose them carefully and store them well. Still, if you find the idea of putting a raw egg in your cocktail yucky, this might not be the cocktail for you.
Some Tips for Making a Delicious Whiskey Flip
- Shake the cocktail “dry” and then shake it wet. One of the reasons flips don’t turn out right is because people tend to shake the cocktail over ice. Moisture is frothiness’ number 1 enemy, so flips are traditionally shaken twice: once without adding ice (a “dry” shake), and a second time over ice.
- Shake it and then shake it some more. Making flips should be a bit of a workout. On average, you should shake this cocktail for 1-2 minutes each time, and your arm should be tired by the time the cocktail is ready.
- Serve this cocktail immediately. This is not a cocktail to make for a crowd because it has to be made to order. Once you get it all nice a frothy, you need to serve it immediately to make sure that the egg won’t deflate.
- Garnish with bitters. Once the egg molecules make contact with the air, they oxidize rather quickly, which can give this cocktail a faint “eggy” smell. A clever bartender somewhere solved this problem by garnishing this drink with aromatic Angostura bitters. As the name implies, they give out a wonderful aroma that will mask even the slightest hint of egginess. Plus it looks pretty.
Rich & Creamy Whiskey Flip Cocktail
This delicious whiskey flip is the cocktail you want on a cold winter night. It's made with a whole egg, bourbon, sherry, orange liqueur, and bitters, and it is guaranteed to warm you up.
- 1 whole egg
- 1/4 oz Gran Gala orange liqueur
- 3/4 oz cream sherry
- 1 ½ oz bourbon (I used Maker's Mark)
- 2 dashes of cardamom bitters
- 2 dashes of cacao bitters
- Angostura bitters to garnish
- Step 1 Put all the ingredients for the cocktail except for the ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 1-2 min.
- Step 2 Add one large cube of ice or three small ones to the shaker and shake for another 1-2 min.
- Step 3 Strain over a coupe glass and garnish with the Angostura bitters.
- Step 4 To garnish, carefully pour 4 dots of the bitters on top of the cocktail. Use a toothpick to connect the four dots (optional).
- Step 5 Serve immediately.
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