Rum & Raisin Flip

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Cocktail History

The Rum & Raisin Flip is a holiday cocktail that was created by author Jassy Davis and was first published in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. It uses the classic flip template that calls for a spirit shaken with egg yolk and egg white; this version, however, uses a split base of spicy aged rum and sherry and pairs them with cream and maple syrup, resulting in a true dessert drink fit for after Christmas dinner.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Dark Rum: This is one of the base spirits. It’s a type of rum made with sugarcane and spices that has been barrel aged for a long period of time. We used Bumbu Rum Company Original Dark Rum because it has a unique spicy flavor. For a low-proof version of this drink, try Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the rum.

Manzanilla Sherry: This is the other base spirit. It’s a dry white wine made from palomino grapes and aged under a layer of yeasts that is similar to fino sherry but can only be produced in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, an area in southern Spain. We used Lustau Solera Reserva Light Manzanilla Sherry.

Heavy Cream: This is a thick, high-fat milk product. We prefer to use half & half instead of heavy cream because it’s lower in calories.

Maple Syrup: This is a syrup made with the sap from maple trees. We used a local maple syrup.

Whole Egg: This adds more thickness and body. When a recipe calls for whole egg, it means the egg white and yolk.

Grated Nutmeg: This is the garnish. It adds nutmeg aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Rum & Raisin Flip starts with aromas of nutmeg and cream that is followed by a rich, thick, creamy taste that highlights rum’s sweeter side along with a slight stone fruit note from the sherry, and it ends with a sweet maple finish.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Even with the tweaks, Kendall just wasn’t a fan of this cocktail mostly because she doesn’t care all that much for sherry and found it too prominent. On the other hand, this cocktail’s complexity and sweetness was a hit with Alex; he mentioned wanting to try it again with different types of sherry and maybe even some bitters to see what kinds of flavor profiles he could create.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“We tried two versions this drink, the first one being a more classic version that featured equal parts rum and sherry along with cream and egg. The lack of a sweetener didn’t do it any favors, and I felt the recipe was lacking in character in a lot of ways. This version from YouTube by bartender Grant Murray raises the bar by adding a bit of syrup, tweaking the ingredients, and using a lot less cream, and it all works to great effect. This drink has a lot of character, and though it borders on being too sweet for my palate, it does offer a good variety of flavors and lives up to its name.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐
“The recipe we found in the book for this drink just wasn’t very tasty when we tried it, and by that I mean, it kind of tasted like nothing, at least to me. It was very, very bland and almost had me thinking I might’ve lost my sense of taste. A few sips later, Alex agreed and said we should just find another version, with which I absolutely agreed. This variation he found online is much better than the original, but to be honest, I still didn’t love it. It mostly tastes like thick, milky sherry with a hint of rum spice and nutmeg. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the flavor combination; there are just a lot of other cream-based drinks I like much more than this one.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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AuthorWinter Warmers

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Dark Rum
 1 oz Manzanilla Sherry
 1 oz Heavy Cream
 ¼ oz Maple Syrup
 Egg
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Add rum, sherry, heavy cream, maple syrup, egg white, egg yolk, 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 grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Dark Rum
 1 oz Manzanilla Sherry
 1 oz Heavy Cream
 ¼ oz Maple Syrup
 Egg
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, sherry, heavy cream, maple syrup, egg white, egg yolk, 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 grated nutmeg.

Rum & Raisin Flip

Make It a Mocktail: Use Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the rum to try a low-proof version of this drink.

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More Christmas Cocktails

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

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Candy Cane Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry Cobbler: A sherry cocktail made with cranberry syrup, orange slices, an orange wedge, mint, and cranberries

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