Yuletide Flip

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Cocktail History

The Yuletide Flip is Christmas-inspired gin variation of a flip that was included in Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club. Like other flips, the recipe features a whole egg (the white and the yolk) shaken with wine or liquor and sugar. The result is a thick, rich, and indulgent drink, this version of which is especially unique with its tasty combination of gin, citrus, and sweetness.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

London Dry Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. 

Triple Sec: This adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other dry ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Irish Cream Liqueur: This adds creaminess and a hint of Irish whiskey flavor. We used Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur for its exceptional creaminess and flavor.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

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 Angostura Orange Bitters because they pair well with their aromatic bitters.

Whole Egg: This adds more 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 Twist: This is the garnish. It adds a hint of citrus aroma.

Tasting Notes

This Yuletide Flip begins with aromas of citrus, features bright orange notes that blend beautifully with the vanilla and cocoa in the Irish cream, and finishes with Broker’s Gin botanical notes on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Once we tweaked the original recipe by adding simple syrup and orange bitters to enhance the existing flavors, this drink was creamy and delicious. We can see ourselves making these to order for friends and family at Christmas gatherings, especially when we don’t feel like making an entire batch of eggnog.

Alex’s Take: “This flip originally called for no simple syrup or orange bitters, and we both found it to be way too dry for our palates without those two ingredients. The syrup brought forward all of the sweetness that was lacking, and it helped the flavors of the liqueurs to come out a bit more. The orange bitters also brought a lot more citrus to the mix, but it wasn’t overbearing. With those tweaks, this became a cocktail I really enjoyed.”

Kendall’s Take: “We’ve shared a lot of chocolate cocktails this Christmas season, so this gin recipe was a nice break from those. Its flavor almost reminded me of cookie batter with a hint of citrus, which is a very unique flavor combination. Again, I can’t quite get past there being egg in this one though; I probably wouldn’t request it again for that reason, but it’s definitely worth trying, especially with Broker’s Gin so the other flavors shine. Any other gin that is more botanical or flavored just wouldn’t work in this.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club.

AuthorGin O'ClockPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 ¾ oz London Dry Gin
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Irish Cream Liqueur
 ¼ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Whole Egg
 1 Orange Twist

Method
1

Add gin, triple sec, Irish cream liqueur, simple syrup, orange bitters, egg white, egg yolk, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a sour glass.

4

Garnish with orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ¾ oz London Dry Gin
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Irish Cream Liqueur
 ¼ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 1 dash Orange Bitters
 1 Whole Egg
 1 Orange Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, triple sec, Irish cream liqueur, simple syrup, orange bitters, egg white, egg yolk, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a sour glass.

4

Garnish with orange twist.

Yuletide Flip

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More Christmas Cocktails

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

Cousin Eddie’s Irish Eggnog: A whiskey cocktail made with eggnog, vanilla extract, and grated nutmeg

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

Chocolate Blood Orange-tini: A blood orange gin cocktail made with heavy cream, dark crème de cacao, white crème de cacao, triple sec, cocoa bitters, simple syrup, grated dark chocolate, and an orange twist

Sugar Cookie Cocktail: A vanilla vodka cocktail made with amaretto, Irish cream liqueur, heavy cream, simple syrup, and sprinkles

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