A flip is a type of cocktail made from a whole egg – yolks and whites. The Brandy Flip is almost certainly one of the oldest flips, harkening back at least as far as the American colonial period.
Flips have a lot in common with egg nogs; the main difference is that nogs (usually) have cream and flips don’t. The Brandy Flip has a pleasing noggy character, without the thick texture normally associated with that holiday treat.
We often treat nutmeg as an optional garnish, but it’s a necessary ingredient that brings that must-have holiday spice flavor.
Break the egg in your shaker and stir it up a little to help break up the yolk. Add the other ingredients (except the nutmeg), and ice, and shake violently for a long time to ensure that the egg is fully emulsified.
Double-strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe, and garnish with the nutmeg.
- Brandy Flip at PUNCH