Bourbon Flip Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Flip

Want a standout cocktail? This Bourbon Flip recipe is your answer! It’s an enjoyable drink, simple to make using rich ingredients.

Bourbon Flip Recipe

Treat yourself to this uncomplicated Bourbon Flip recipe! It's the ultimate winter cocktail with Bourbon, sugar syrup, a whole egg, and a touch of nutmeg.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

232 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 whole egg
  • Nutmeg, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a coupe glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Prep Shaker: Crack 1 whole egg into your cocktail shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice. Close it well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Dry shake: Open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid in the other tin and discard the ice. Close the shaker again and shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time.
  • Strain: Discard the ice inside the coupe glass. Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Grate some nutmeg over the top for garnish and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have Bourbon on hand, rye whiskey or brandy can work as substitutes. They both offer a robust flavor profile that stands well in this cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you run out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, honey or agave nectar can be used for a different sweetness profile.
  • Egg: Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) is a common alternative to egg white, as they are often used in cocktails to create a frothy texture. In the case of the Flip, the egg yolk is also involved and its flavor can be hard to recreate. We suggest a few options in the section below, “Making it Vegan”.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of regular Bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg Substitute: As mentioned above, aquafaba is an excellent vegan substitute for eggs in cocktails. It's also readily available if you eat chickpeas regularly. You can use a mix of aquafaba and pumpkin purée (approx. 2 tsp for 1 egg yolk) as a vegan alternative, but keep in mind that this will change the flavor of the drink greatly as the Bourbon Flip cocktail relies a lot on both the egg texture and taste.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use aquafaba and/or pumpkin purée instead of the egg, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan Bourbon Flip.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
232
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Sodium
 
71
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
71
mg
2
%
Cholesterol
 
164
mg
55
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Vitamin A
 
238
IU
5
%
Calcium
 
26
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Bourbon Flip Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Flip Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Treat yourself to this uncomplicated Bourbon Flip recipe! It's the ultimate winter cocktail with Bourbon, sugar syrup, a whole egg, and a touch of nutmeg.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 232

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 whole egg
  • Nutmeg - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a coupe glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Prep Shaker: Crack 1 whole egg into your cocktail shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice. Close it well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Dry shake: Open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid in the other tin and discard the ice. Close the shaker again and shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time.
  • Strain: Discard the ice inside the coupe glass. Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Grate some nutmeg over the top for garnish and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have Bourbon on hand, rye whiskey or brandy can work as substitutes. They both offer a robust flavor profile that stands well in this cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you run out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, honey or agave nectar can be used for a different sweetness profile.
  • Egg: Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) is a common alternative to egg white, as they are often used in cocktails to create a frothy texture. In the case of the Flip, the egg yolk is also involved and its flavor can be hard to recreate. We suggest a few options in the section below, “Making it Vegan”.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of regular Bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg Substitute: As mentioned above, aquafaba is an excellent vegan substitute for eggs in cocktails. It's also readily available if you eat chickpeas regularly. You can use a mix of aquafaba and pumpkin purée (approx. 2 tsp for 1 egg yolk) as a vegan alternative, but keep in mind that this will change the flavor of the drink greatly as the Bourbon Flip cocktail relies a lot on both the egg texture and taste.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use aquafaba and/or pumpkin purée instead of the egg, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan Bourbon Flip.

What is a Bourbon Flip?

A Bourbon Flip is a whiskey-based cocktail made of Bourbon, simple syrup, and a whole egg. This drink can be challenging to prepare due to the inclusion of an entire raw egg, which requires careful handling and mixing with other ingredients to perfectly incorporate it and get just the right texture. . The Bourbon Flip is a variant of the classic “flip” cocktails that have been around since the 19th century; these drinks are known for their creamy texture achieved by incorporating an entire egg into the mix. An exciting aspect of this particular cocktail is its versatility – it can be served either cold or warm depending on personal preference or weather conditions.

A side shot of a Bourbon Flip cocktail in a cocktail glass on a yellow tray placed on a red surface, in front of a green background

What is a Bourbon Flip made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to create a Bourbon Flip:

  • Bourbon: This is the cocktail’s base spirit, providing a rich, full-bodied flavor with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Whole Egg: Adds a creamy texture and frothy top to the cocktail. It also helps to balance out the strong flavors of the Bourbon.
  • Simple Syrup: This sweetener balances Bourbon’s strong, potent taste and makes the cocktail more palatable.
  • Nutmeg: Used as a garnish, it adds a hint of warm, spicy flavor that complements the cocktail’s sweetness. It also cuts down the “eggy” smell of the cocktail, which some people can find a bit unpleasant.

Bourbon, simple syrup, egg, and sugar cubes laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bourbon Flip?

Our stepwise instructions make it easy for you to craft a Bourbon Flip:

1
<p>Start by filling a coupe glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside. This will allow your glass to cool down while you’re preparing the cocktail and ensure it’s served at the perfect temperature.</p>

Start by filling a coupe glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside. This will allow your glass to cool down while you’re preparing the cocktail and ensure it’s served at the perfect temperature.

2
<p>Take your cocktail shaker and crack a whole egg inside.</p>

Take your cocktail shaker and crack a whole egg inside.

3
<p>Now, add ½ ounce of simple syrup to the shaker. Simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves and then cooled. It adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the strong flavor of the Bourbon.</p>

Now, add ½ ounce of simple syrup to the shaker. Simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves and then cooled. It adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the strong flavor of the Bourbon.

4
<p>Finally, add two ounces of Bourbon to the shaker. Any bourbon you choose will work, but a higher quality bourbon will result in a smoother, more flavorful drink.</p>

Finally, add two ounces of Bourbon to the shaker. Any bourbon you choose will work, but a higher quality bourbon will result in a smoother, more flavorful drink.

5
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Now that your ingredients are in the shaker, it's time to shake. Put the lid on and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This not only mixes the ingredients but also helps to emulsify the egg yolk, giving the drink a creamy, frothy texture.</p>

Now that your ingredients are in the shaker, it's time to shake. Put the lid on and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This not only mixes the ingredients but also helps to emulsify the egg yolk, giving the drink a creamy, frothy texture.

7
<p>Once you’re done shaking, open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid in the other tin and discard the ice. </p>

Once you’re done shaking, open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid in the other tin and discard the ice.

8
<p>Close the shaker again</p>

Close the shaker again

9
<p>Shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time. This is called a “dry shake” and is used in order to aerate the cocktail and emulsify the egg.</p>

Shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time. This is called a “dry shake” and is used in order to aerate the cocktail and emulsify the egg.

10
<p>Discard the ice inside the coupe glass. Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass. This will ensure no residual shards of ice go into your drink, protecting both the texture and level of dilution.</p>

Discard the ice inside the coupe glass. Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass. This will ensure no residual shards of ice go into your drink, protecting both the texture and level of dilution.

11
<p>Finally, garnish the drink with some grated nutmeg. This adds an extra burst of flavor, gives your drink a pleasant smell and a finished, professional look.</p>

Finally, garnish the drink with some grated nutmeg. This adds an extra burst of flavor, gives your drink a pleasant smell and a finished, professional look.

History and Origin

The Bourbon Flip is a twist on the classic Rum Flip. The origins of the Flip cocktails trace back to colonial times. Historically, “flip” referred to a blend of beer, rum, and sugar heated with a hot iron poker. This process would cause the mixture to foam or “flip,” which likely led to its name. Over time, the beer component gradually disappeared from the recipe.

As the years passed, the drink underwent further transformation. By the 19th century, cold versions of the flip began to appear with the evolution of the bar scene and cocktail culture. The beer was no longer a staple ingredient, and the focus shifted more towards the creamy, frothy texture achieved by shaking the ingredients together, especially when eggs were involved.

A Bourbon Flip cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, simple syrup, egg, and sugar cubes

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FAQ

How many calories does a Bourbon Flip contain?
A standard Bourbon Flip cocktail contains approximately 200-250 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Bourbon Flip cocktail?
The strength of a Bourbon Flip cocktail typically ranges from 20-22% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to about 40-44 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bourbon Flip?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol used in a Bourbon Flip is bourbon whiskey. The quality and flavor profile of the Bourbon can significantly influence the overall taste of the drink.
In what kind of glass is a Bourbon Flip served?
Traditionally, a Bourbon Flip is served in a coupe or goblet glass. These glasses are ideal for showcasing the rich, creamy texture of the drink.
What does a Bourbon Flip taste like?
A Bourbon Flip offers a unique blend of flavors. It's rich and creamy with a hint of sweetness from the Bourbon and sugar, while the egg gives it a smooth, velvety texture. The nutmeg garnish adds a touch of warmth and spice to the finish.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bourbon Flip?
The typical ratio for a Bourbon Flip is 1 part bourbon to ¼ part simple syrup and 1 whole egg per drink. This creates a balanced flavor profile that could be more sweet and strong.
How is a Bourbon Flip served with ice?
A Bourbon Flip is usually served 'up,' meaning without ice, after being shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker to chill it. This method ensures that the drink remains creamy and frothy without being diluted by melting ice.
Is it safe to consume raw egg in a Bourbon Flip?
While consuming raw eggs does carry a small risk of foodborne illness, using fresh, high-quality eggs and proper handling techniques can minimize this risk. If you're still concerned, you can use pasteurized egg products instead or make a vegan version of the cocktail using aquafaba and pumpkin purée.

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