Rum Flip Cocktail Drink

Rum Flip

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Warm up with this smooth Rum Flip recipe! This creamy cocktail is perfect for cozy evenings, made with dark rum, rich cream, and a hint of nutmeg.

Rum Flip Recipe

Sip away the evening with our Rum Flip recipe! Its rich blend of dark rum, luscious cream, and sweet syrup will be your new favorite treat.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

296 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Dark Rum
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 pinch nutmeg, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Nick & Nora or coupe glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Your Glass: Place your Nick & Nora glass in the freezer to chill.
  • Mix Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 whole egg, ½ oz simple syrup, 1 oz heavy cream, and 1½ oz Dark Rum.
  • Shake Well: Ice up, seal the shaker and give it a vigorous shake for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Strain & Pour: Fine strain the mixture into your chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: I sometimes use bourbon if I run out of dark rum. It has a different flavor profile but still complements the creamy texture of the Flip. Spiced rum can also be a delightful twist.
  • Heavy Cream: Half-and-half or whole milk will work if you're out of heavy cream. The drink will be a bit less creamy but still tasty. Almond milk or oat milk are my go-to dairy-free options.
  • Whole Egg: You can use just the yolk for a richer texture. If you're concerned about raw egg, pasteurized egg whites from the store work too, though the texture will slightly differ.

Making a Pitcher of Rum Flip:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, you'll need 12 oz of dark rum, 8 whole eggs, 8 oz of heavy cream, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large bowl or pitcher, combine all the ingredients and whisk them thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour into individual chilled Nick & Nora glasses, garnish with nutmeg, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic dark rum alternative. A few on the market mimic the molasses and caramel notes of rum.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the dark rum, follow the original steps, and savor a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg Substitute: Aquafaba (chickpea water) is a fantastic vegan alternative to egg in cocktails. Use 1 oz of aquafaba to replace the whole egg.
  • Cream Substitute: For the heavy cream, almond, soy, or oat creamer works wonders. They provide a creamy consistency without the dairy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
296
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Sodium
 
79
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
97
mg
3
%
Cholesterol
 
196
mg
65
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Vitamin A
 
654
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
0.2
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
45
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Rum Flip Cocktail Drink

Rum Flip Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Sip away the evening with our Rum Flip recipe! Its rich blend of dark rum, luscious cream, and sweet syrup will be your new favorite treat.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 296

Ingredients
 

  • oz Dark Rum
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 pinch nutmeg - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Nick & Nora or coupe glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Your Glass: Place your Nick & Nora glass in the freezer to chill.
  • Mix Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 whole egg, ½ oz simple syrup, 1 oz heavy cream, and 1½ oz Dark Rum.
  • Shake Well: Ice up, seal the shaker and give it a vigorous shake for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Strain & Pour: Fine strain the mixture into your chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: I sometimes use bourbon if I run out of dark rum. It has a different flavor profile but still complements the creamy texture of the Flip. Spiced rum can also be a delightful twist.
  • Heavy Cream: Half-and-half or whole milk will work if you're out of heavy cream. The drink will be a bit less creamy but still tasty. Almond milk or oat milk are my go-to dairy-free options.
  • Whole Egg: You can use just the yolk for a richer texture. If you're concerned about raw egg, pasteurized egg whites from the store work too, though the texture will slightly differ.

Making a Pitcher of Rum Flip:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, you'll need 12 oz of dark rum, 8 whole eggs, 8 oz of heavy cream, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large bowl or pitcher, combine all the ingredients and whisk them thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour into individual chilled Nick & Nora glasses, garnish with nutmeg, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rum Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic dark rum alternative. A few on the market mimic the molasses and caramel notes of rum.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the dark rum, follow the original steps, and savor a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg Substitute: Aquafaba (chickpea water) is a fantastic vegan alternative to egg in cocktails. Use 1 oz of aquafaba to replace the whole egg.
  • Cream Substitute: For the heavy cream, almond, soy, or oat creamer works wonders. They provide a creamy consistency without the dairy.

What is a Rum Flip?

Rum Flip is a cocktail that blends dark rum, whole eggs, and cream. Historians trace its roots back to colonial times, making it one of the earlier mixed drinks. The term “flip” historically referred to a category of mixed drinks involving ale, spirit, and sugar, which were heated with a hot iron.

A side shot of a Rum Flip cocktail in a coupe glass on a white cloth placed on a wooden table with four nutmegs and an egg around.

What is a Rum Flip made of – The ingredients

Prepare to make your Rum Flip by collecting these ingredients:

  • Dark Rum: The primary spirit that provides the rich and robust base for the cocktail.
  • Whole Egg: Adds a creamy texture and body to the drink.
  • Heavy Cream: Lends a velvety smoothness and enhances the luxurious feel of the cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: Brings in the desired sweetness to balance the flavors.
  • Nutmeg (optional for garnish): Offers a warm and aromatic touch to the drink’s finish.

Dark Rum, heavy cream, simple syrup, egg and nutmeg laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Rum Flip?

Our simple steps will help you to make a perfect Rum Flip:

1
<p>Start by chilling a Nick & Nora glass, setting it aside for the final pour.</p>

Start by chilling a Nick & Nora glass, setting it aside for the final pour.

2
<p>Drop the whole egg into the shaker.</p>

Drop the whole egg into the shaker.

3
<p>Add simple syrup to the cocktail shaker.</p>

Add simple syrup to the cocktail shaker.

4
<p>Add heavy cream to the mix.</p>

Add heavy cream to the mix.

5
<p>Pour the dark Rum into the shaker.</p>

Pour the dark Rum into the shaker.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Seal the shaker tightly and give it a rigorous shake for 15-20 seconds, ensuring the ingredients mix thoroughly and the egg integrates well.</p>

Seal the shaker tightly and give it a rigorous shake for 15-20 seconds, ensuring the ingredients mix thoroughly and the egg integrates well.

8
<p>Once shaken, remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.</p>

Once shaken, remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.

9
<p>Fine-strain the mixture into your chilled glass.</p>

Fine-strain the mixture into your chilled glass.

10
<p>For an aromatic finish, sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on top.</p>

For an aromatic finish, sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on top.

11
<p>Enjoy your Rum Flip cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Rum Flip cocktail!

What’s the difference between a Rum Flip and a Pirate Flip?

Rum Flip traditionally blends dark rum, an egg, sugar, and sometimes cream, garnished with nutmeg. On the other hand, the Pirate Flip incorporates a spiced rum, which introduces additional flavors like vanilla and various spices. The primary distinction lies in the choice of rum: while the Rum Flip uses a straightforward dark rum, the Pirate Flip opts for the complexity of spiced rum. This choice imparts a more intricate flavor profile to the Pirate Flip.

A Rum Flip cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a white cloth placed on a wooden table with three nutmegs around.

What’s a Jamaican Rum Flip?

The Jamaican Rum Flip takes inspiration from the classic Rum Flip but gives it a twist using Jamaican rum. Jamaican rums are known for their bold and robust flavors, often with rich, fruity, and funky notes. This distinct profile infuses the creamy texture of the traditional Rum Flip with deeper, tropical undertones. In essence, the Jamaican Rum Flip captures the spirit of the Caribbean, making it a unique take on the classic cocktail.

A side shot of a Rum Flip cocktail in a coupe glass on a white cloth placed on a wooden table with three nutmegs around.

History and Origin of the Rum Flip

The origins of the Rum Flip trace back to colonial times. The popularity of flips grew in the American colonies. Taverns often had their renditions, with the common thread being the use of a spirit, usually rum or brandy, combined with sugar, spices, and sometimes cream or eggs. A hot iron was plunged into the drink that both heated and provided a unique caramelized flavor due to the burning of the alcohol and sugars.

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.

As we know it, the modern Rum Flip leans more towards this later interpretation, emphasizing the rich and velvety combination of rum, cream, eggs, and nutmeg.

A Rum Flip cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a white marmol table surrounded by an egg, a nutmeg, a heavy cream, dark rum bottle and simple syrup bottle.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Rum Flip?
A standard serving contains approximately 250-300 calories, depending on the specific ingredients used.
How strong is a Rum Flip in terms of ABV and proof?
Depending on the rum used, a Rum Flip generally has an ABV of around 20-25%. This would translate to 40-50 proof because the proof is double the ABV.
What type of alcohol is used in a Rum Flip?
Dark rum serves as the primary spirit in a Rum Flip.
In which type of glass is a Rum Flip typically served?
The drink is traditionally served in a Nick & Nora glass.
What does a Rum Flip taste like?
A Rum Flip offers a creamy and rich texture, with a balanced sweetness from the rum and simple syrup and a hint of warmth from the nutmeg.
What's the typical ratio of ingredients in a Rum Flip?
The general ratio is 1 1/2  oz of rum, 1 oz of heavy cream, 1 egg and a touch of simple syrup.
How is a Rum Flip served with ice?
It is typically served without ice and often garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.

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