Bourbon Flip

Bourbon Flip cocktail
The Bourbon Flip is a silky smooth bourbon-based cocktail. Like any flip cocktail, it is shaken with a whole egg and sweetened with sugar.
The dash of light/single cream and nutmeg add to the Bourbon Flip's festive popularity and create a warming aroma and flavour.
The Flip family of cocktails trace their roots to late 17th-century colonial America. The original recipe called for beer, sugar and spices to be mixed and heated with a red-hot poker. The surge of heat caused the drink to foam or flip over the tankard, with flip eventually becoming the drinks name.
As time passed the (dangerous) usage of heat became less common, a whole egg was introduced, and other spirits like rum or whiskey replaced the beer as the cocktail became more refined.
The flip now refers to any alcoholic drink mixed with sugar and whole egg, although the distinction between a flip and the popular eggnog became less clear. Typically though the eggnog cocktail contains more cream and uses more egg than the flip.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • coupe glass


  • 60 ml bourbon whisky
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp fine sugar
  • 15 ml light cream (optional)
  • 1 pinch grated nutmeg (to garnish)


  • Pour in all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until chilled and frothy (for about 2 minutes).
  • Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with some nutmeg.


Which of these is added to flip cocktails?

A flip cocktail is any spirit mixed with whole egg and sugar. In this Bourbon Flip recipe we use a dash of cream with the bourbon to make a very smooth, easy to drink festive cocktail.

What is flip glass?

The Flip cocktail was originally heated with a red-hot poker, so a study glass tankard was used. Over time as the Flip cocktail recipe was simplified (and made a little less dangerous!) a martini or coupe glass became common instead.

First flip drink was a mixture of beer, rum, and sugar, heated with a red-hot iron. It was also served hot.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.