French Toast Flip

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Cocktail History

The French Toast Flip is a sherry, Scotch, and brandy cocktail that was created by Erick Castro while at Polite Provisions in San Diego, California. First found in Winter Drinks: 70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails by the editors of PUNCH, this variation of the recipe adds a symphony of brunch flavors to a classic flip template featuring a spirit, sugar, and egg.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Oloroso Sherry: This is one of the base spirits. The recipe calls for an Oloroso sherry because it lends a pleasant nuttiness to the drink, but if you can’t find one of those, you can also substitute it for an Amontillado sherry.

Scotch: This is another base spirit. It adds the whisky’s distinct smokiness to balance the sweeter ingredients. We used Tomatin 12-Year Scotch because it’s a smooth single malt whisky with a classic flavorful profile.

Apple Brandy: This is the other base spirit. It adds a hint of brandy spice and fruitiness. We used Calvados because it’s one of the highest quality apple brandies on the market and features notes of not only apple but also pear, apricot, and baking spices.

Maple Syrup: This adds all of the drink’s maple flavor. We used a locally made maple syrup from our grocer.

Allspice Syrup: This adds a hint of allspice flavor. We made ours on the stovetop and will share a recipe for it soon.

Whole Egg: This adds thickness and body. When a recipe calls for whole egg, it means the egg white and yolk. Most cocktail recipes only call for egg white, and that’s what makes flips unique.

Orange Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with orange and botanicals. They add citrus flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Crude Bitters Sycophant Orange & Fig Bitters for their classic citrus taste with notes of fig, earthiness, and vanilla.

Ground Cinnamon: This is the garnish. It adds the aroma and the taste of cinnamon.

Tasting Notes

The French Toast Flip starts with the enticing aroma of cinnamon and has a thick, heady flavor that combines apple and maple with the slight woodsiness of Scotch, all of which goes down with the sweet aftertaste of sherry, orange, and maple.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We have yet to meet a flip we didn’t enjoy somewhat, but this one immediately shot to the top of our list of favorites. And since its ingredients are so common, we hope you’ll treat yourself to one as soon as you can too. 

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I’m not usually one for sweeter drinks, but this one was honestly very tasty. We’re pretty sure it was a typo, but the original specs in the book called for four (yes, four!) full ounces of maple syrup, but we ended up using just one. That paired with the Tomatin 12-Year Scotch and Calvados made this drink absolutely delightful. It was all at once aromatic, sweet, boozy, heavy, and delicious. Definitely worthy of its name, with flavors of a classic nostalgic breakfast.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I don’t typically care for egg in my cocktails, but my god, this is such a good cocktail! It’s sweet but not so much that those who don’t usually enjoy dessert drinks would take one sip and nope out of finishing the rest right away. I would definitely describe it as brunch in a cocktail, so the name is fitting. Give this a try next time you want to make drinks at breakfast but are interested in something other than a Mimosa.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Drinks: 70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails by the editors of PUNCH.

AuthorWinter DrinksPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Oloroso Sherry
 ¾ oz Scotch
 ¾ oz Apple Brandy
 ½ oz Maple Syrup
 ¼ oz Homemade Allspice Syrup
 1 Egg
 2 dashes Crude Bitters Orange & Fig Bitters
 Ground Cinnamon

Method
1

Add sherry, Scotch, apple brandy, maple syrup, allspice syrup, egg yolk, egg white, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Remove ice from shaker.

4

Dry shake for 5-10 more seconds to emulsify egg.

5

Strain into a goblet or cocktail glass.

6

Garnish with ground cinnamon.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Oloroso Sherry
 ¾ oz Scotch
 ¾ oz Apple Brandy
 ½ oz Maple Syrup
 ¼ oz Homemade Allspice Syrup
 1 Egg
 2 dashes Crude Bitters Orange & Fig Bitters
 Ground Cinnamon

Directions

Method
1

Add sherry, Scotch, apple brandy, maple syrup, allspice syrup, egg yolk, egg white, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Remove ice from shaker.

4

Dry shake for 5-10 more seconds to emulsify egg.

5

Strain into a goblet or cocktail glass.

6

Garnish with ground cinnamon.

French Toast Flip

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More Brunch Cocktails

If you like this brunch cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Nucleus Mimosa: A sparkling wine cocktail made with orange juice, cranberry juice, and a lime slice

Wisconsin Bloody Mary: A bacon vodka cocktail made with Worcestershire sauce, Bloody Mary mix, a celery stick, a meat stick, a cheddar cheese curd, a pickle spear, a green olive, and Tajín

Garibaldi: A low-proof cocktail made with orange juice, Campari, and an orange slice

Mocha Rum Toddy: A rum cocktail made with coffee, dark crème de cacao, simple syrup, whipped cream, and cocoa powder

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