Bourbon Flip Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bourbon Flip is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It is a variation of the traditional Flip cocktail, which was originally made with beer, rum, and sugar. The Bourbon Flip replaces the rum with bourbon, giving it a distinctly American twist.

  • The Bourbon Flip became popular during the Prohibition era, as bourbon was one of the most widely available spirits at the time.
  • This cocktail is often enjoyed as a dessert drink or a nightcap, due to its rich and creamy texture.
  • The Bourbon Flip is a favorite among whiskey lovers who appreciate its smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

How Bourbon Flip Tastes?

The Bourbon Flip has a rich, creamy, and smooth taste with a hint of sweetness from the simple syrup. The bourbon adds a warm, oaky, and slightly spicy flavor, while the egg gives the drink a frothy and velvety texture.

Interesting facts about Bourbon Flip

  • The Bourbon Flip is sometimes called a 'breakfast cocktail' due to its use of an egg.
  • In the past, Flips were often heated with a red-hot poker, giving them a warm and slightly caramelized flavor.
  • The use of a whole egg in this cocktail is what distinguishes it from other whiskey-based drinks like the Whiskey Sour, which uses only egg whites.



Bourbon is the soul of this cocktail, providing a deep, amber warmth. Using 2oz is just enough to assert its presence without overpowering the other ingredients. Go easy though, unless you want this Flip to 'flip' you out!

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Whole egg

The whole egg is the key to the Flip's trademark creaminess and frothy top. Skipping it would be like going to a party and forgetting to wear your pants—just embarrassingly incomplete!

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Simple syrup

A little sweetness from 0.5oz simple syrup goes a long way. It's the peacemaker between the bold bourbon and the mellow egg. Too much syrup and you might as well be sipping on sugar cane!

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Heavy cream

0.5oz ensures this cocktail stays lush without becoming a dessert. Without it, the drink loses its velvety allure, and that would be cream-inal!

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Just a pinch! Nutmeg is like that one friend who knows exactly when to pitch in with a joke—perfect timing. It's the finishing touch that catapults the Flip into the flavor stratosphere. No nutmeg would be like leaving that friend at home, and nobody wants a lonely cocktail party.

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Recipe. How to make Bourbon Flip Drink

  1. Combine the bourbon, whole egg, simple syrup, and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Dry shake (without ice) for about 10 seconds to emulsify the egg.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for about 15 seconds, until well chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg on top.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh eggs for a smoother texture.
  • Shake well to ensure the egg is fully emulsified.
  • Grate the nutmeg fresh for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Board: A selection of cured meats and rich cheeses balances the creamy and robust flavor of the Bourbon Flip.
  • Stuffed Mushrooms: The savory and earthy flavors complement the nuttiness of the freshly grated nutmeg.


  • Pecan Pie: The sweetness of the pie pairs beautifully with the richness of the cocktail.
  • Dark Chocolate: A square of bitter dark chocolate alongside the Bourbon Flip can create a delightful contrast.


  • Espresso: A strong shot of espresso can be a great non-alcoholic pairing, as the bitterness can cut through the creaminess of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Bourbon Flip

  • Bourbon: Can be replaced with any other whiskey.
  • Whole egg: If you're concerned about raw eggs, you can use pasteurized egg whites.
  • Simple syrup: Can be replaced with honey or agave syrup.
  • Heavy cream: Can be replaced with half-and-half or milk, but the cocktail will be less creamy.

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Maple Bourbon Flip

  • Ingredients: Replace simple syrup with maple syrup, add a dash of cinnamon.
  • Recipe: Substitute syrup and add cinnamon with other ingredients. Dry shake, then shake with ice, and strain.
  • Taste: This twist offers a more autumnal flavor, with the maple lending a woodsy note.

Chocolate Bourbon Flip

  • Ingredients: Add 0.5oz of chocolate liqueur, use chocolate shavings for garnish.
  • Recipe: Include the chocolate liqueur during the shake. Garnish with chocolate shavings instead of nutmeg.
  • Taste: A treat for chocoholics, it's like dessert in a cup with a chocolatey twist.

Spiced Pumpkin Flip

  • Ingredients: Add 2 teaspoons of pumpkin puree, a dash of pumpkin spice.
  • Recipe: Mix the puree and spice in with the other ingredients for shaking.
  • Taste: It screams fall festivity, with a nod to everyone’s favorite pumpkin delights.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bourbon Flip

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bourbon Flip

What type of glass is best suited for a Bourbon Flip?

Typically, a Bourbon Flip is served in a coupe glass or a cocktail glass.

Is there a preferred brand of bourbon for making a Bourbon Flip?

The choice of bourbon is largely a matter of personal preference. However, higher quality bourbon will obviously improve the taste of the cocktail.

Can I flavour the Bourbon Flip with additional spices?

Although the traditional recipe calls for nutmeg, you could certainly experiment with other spices such as cinnamon or star anise to give the drink a unique flavor.

What is the best time to enjoy a Bourbon Flip?

Bourbon Flips can be enjoyed any time of day, but due to its rich and creamy texture, it is often enjoyed as an after-dinner drink or nightcap.

Is the Bourbon Flip a popular cocktail?

The popularity of the Bourbon Flip may vary depending on location and personal preference. However, it is often featured on the menus of cocktail bars, especially those specializing in classic and craft cocktails.

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