Gaelic Flip

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Cocktail History

The Gaelic Flip is a modern cocktail that was created by Charles Joly in Chicago, Illinois. It adds an Irish-inspired twist to the iconic Flip template, which pairs a spirit and sweeteners with both the white and the yolk of an egg, by calling for Irish whiskey in place of sherry. It then balances the spiciness of the whiskey and thickness of the egg with sweet fortified wine, simple syrup, allspice liqueur, and a aromatic dusting of nutmeg on top.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Irish Whiskey: This is a type of whiskey made in Ireland made with unmalted or malted barley, cereal grains, spices, and water. We used The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey because its rich and flavorful with subtle oak notes. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Spiritless Kentucky 74 Non-Alcoholic Bourbon Whiskey in place of the Irish whiskey.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine made with grapes, sugar, botanicals, herbs, sugar, and alcohol. We used Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth because it’s a high quality vermouth with dark notes of herbs, figs, licorice, cinnamon, and cocoa. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Apéritif Rosso in place of the sweet vermouth.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Allspice Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with allspice berries, spices, sugar, and rum. We used St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram. For a mocktail version of this drink, try homemade allspice Demerara syrup in place of the allspice liqueur.

Egg White & Yolk: This is both the clear liquid and yellow portion in an egg. We used fresh egg white and yolk because they add a rich, silky smooth texture.

Grated Nutmeg: This is a spice made from the seed of a nutmeg tree. We used whole nutmeg from the bulk section at our local grocery store.

Bartending Tools

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

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Grater: This is used to grate spices or citrus peel. We used the OXO Good Grips Grater.

Tasting Notes

The Gaelic Flip starts with pleasant aromas of nutmeg followed by a fairly straightforwardly dry taste that is comprised of strong Irish whiskey and backed by sweetness from the vermouth, and it finishes with a sweet and spicy swallow alongside a whiskey aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Neither of us has met many Flips we didn’t like, and this one follows suit with its deliciously creamy, full-bodied flavors. In fact, it just might land near the top of our list of favorite Flips.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I really enjoyed this version of the Flip as I have most others. The Irish whiskey is a great partner to this drink because its maltiness lends very well to the heavy egg and sugar, while the vermouth backs it all up with a flavorful sweetness. Plus, the addition of Allspice Dram gives plenty of complex spices and flavors to the finish, and it all makes for what’s overall a very delicious cocktail.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Since I have yet to try one that unseats the French Toast Flip, I have to say this is my second favorite variation of the Flip template that we’ve tried thus far. Although pretty simple, the Irish whiskey, vermouth, allspice, and nutmeg are a yummy combination of flavors. It has a nutty and slightly sweet taste that sets is apart from other bland versions we’ve tasted. I would make this again!”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Liquor.com, an online beverage publication.

AuthorLiquor.com

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 1 ¼ oz Irish Whiskey
 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
 1 tsp Allspice Liqueur
 1 Egg
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Add whiskey, sweet vermouth, simple syrup, allspice liqueur, egg white, egg yolk, and cubed 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 an Irish coffee mug.

6

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ¼ oz Irish Whiskey
 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
 1 tsp Allspice Liqueur
 1 Egg
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Add whiskey, sweet vermouth, simple syrup, allspice liqueur, egg white, egg yolk, and cubed 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 an Irish coffee mug.

6

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Gaelic Flip

Make It a Mocktail: Use Spiritless Kentucky 74 Non-Alcoholic Bourbon Whiskey in place of the Irish whiskey, Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Apéritif Rosso in place of the sweet vermouth, and homemade allspice Demerara syrup in place of the allspice liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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