Cherry 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 Cherry Flip is a variation of the classic flip cocktail, which dates back to the colonial era. Flips originally were a mixture of beer, rum, and sugar, heated with a hot iron. Over time, they evolved into a category of their own, often including a whole egg and omitting the beer.

  • Who Would Enjoy It: This cocktail is a hit among those who appreciate creamy, dessert-like drinks with a hint of fruitiness. It's particularly popular in colder months due to its rich texture and warming spices.

How Cherry Flip Tastes?

The Cherry Flip offers a creamy, velvety texture with a sweet and slightly tart cherry flavor. The nutmeg adds a warm, spicy undertone, making the drink rich and complex.

Interesting facts about Cherry Flip

  • The 'flip' in the name refers to the action of flipping or shaking the ingredients together with ice.
  • Cherry Brandy is the star of this cocktail, providing a deep red hue and fruity notes.
  • The inclusion of a whole egg is what classically defines a flip cocktail, giving it a distinctive frothy texture.


  • Cherry brandy: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Egg: 1 whole
  • Powdered sugar: 1 tsp
  • Light cream: 2 tsp
  • Nutmeg: 0.75 oz(23ml)

Cherry Brandy

Cherry Brandy is the star of the show here, delivering a deep fruity flavor that grounds the cocktail. 1.5 oz is just the right amount to provide warmth and sweetness without overpowering the other ingredients. Without it, you'd lose the signature cherry quality of this flip. Alternatives could include raspberry or blackberry brandy, resulting in a similar but distinctively berry-flavored flip.

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One whole egg adds a luxurious texture to the drink, giving it that classic 'flip' characteristic. Skimping on the egg would result in a less frothy, thinner cocktail, while overdoing it could make the drink too thick and eggy. Foregoing the egg altogether would significantly detract from the texture and body of the drink. As a vegan alternative, aquafaba can be used to mimic the frothy texture, though the richness would be lesser.

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Powdered Sugar

Sugar is for that sweet spot! The 1 tsp contributes to a slight sweetness that compliments the cherry and cream. Too little and the drink could be too tart; too much, and it'll be cloying. If powdered sugar is not handy, simple syrup could be a substitute, though it may slightly alter the texture.

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Light Cream

These 2 tsp of light cream add a silky mouthfeel and tone down the intensity of the brandy. Omitting the cream could result in a harsher, more alcoholic drink, while too much can make the drink too creamy and overshadow the other flavors. For those lactose intolerant, almond or coconut milk could work, but be prepared for an altered flavor profile.

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We're not going nuts here; 0.75 oz may seem like a hefty amount of nutmeg, but it's actually a misprint. You just want a pinch or about 1/8 tsp grated on top as a garnish. The aromatic spice accents the cherry and cream beautifully. Missing out on the nutmeg would mean losing that warm, spiced edge. Cinnamon could be a stand-in, introducing a different but equally warming spice note.

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Recipe. How to make Cherry Flip Drink

  1. Combine the cherry brandy, whole egg, powdered sugar, and light cream in a shaker.
  2. Dry shake (without ice) vigorously to emulsify the egg.
  3. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Grate fresh nutmeg on top as garnish.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh eggs to ensure the best flavor and safety.
  • A dry shake is essential for creating the perfect froth.
  • Serve immediately after shaking to enjoy the froth at its peak.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate Fondues: The rich cherry and creamy elements of the Cherry Flip pair wonderfully with the bittersweet notes of dark chocolate, creating a harmonious balance between the cocktail and the dessert.
  • Almond Biscotti: The nutty flavors merge well with the nutmeg garnish and the sweetness from the cherry brandy.
  • Cheesecakes: A classic New York-style cheesecake with its subtle sweetness and dense texture can be uplifted by the effervescence of the Cherry Flip.

Savory Snacks

  • Charcuterie Boards: A selection of cured meats, cheeses, and fruits would provide the perfect contrast for the Cherry Flip's sweet and creamy goodness.
  • Roasted Nuts: Especially almonds or pecans will complement the nutmeg while contrasting the sweetness of the drink.

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What you could change in Cherry Flip

  • Cherry Brandy: You can substitute with kirsch if you prefer a drier, less sweet cherry flavor.
  • Light Cream: Half-and-half or even whole milk can be used if light cream is not available.

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Caramel Cherry Flip

Add 1/2 oz of caramel syrup along with the powdered sugar. This will give the cocktail a richer sweetness with a buttery backdrop. The caramel flavor with cherry will evoke memories of indulgent desserts and add a layer of complexity to each sip.

Chocolate Cherry Flip

Infuse the light cream with chocolate by melting 1 square of dark chocolate into the cream before mixing. This Chocolate Cherry Flip will be like a liquid Black Forest cake, creating a decadent experience for the chocolate lovers out there.

Sparkling Cherry Flip

Top the finished cocktail with a splash of chilled club soda. This little twist will introduce a bubbly texture, lightening the drink and making it more refreshing, especially for those who enjoy a fizz in their cocktails.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cherry Flip

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 Cherry Flip

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Cherry Flip?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Cherry Flip by replacing the Cherry Brandy with a non-alcoholic cherry syrup or juice. Adjust the sweetness as needed.

Is there a special technique to achieving the perfect froth for a flip cocktail?

The key to a good froth is to start with a dry shake (shaking the egg with other ingredients without ice) to emulsify the egg. Then add ice and shake vigorously once more. Using a fresh, high-quality egg also helps.

What's the difference between a flip and a fizz cocktail?

A flip cocktail contains a whole egg and is characterized by its creamy texture, while a fizz typically includes only egg white and is carbonated, resulting in a lighter, foam-topped drink.

Can I use a different type of brandy for the Cherry Flip?

While Cherry Brandy is traditional, you can experiment with other fruit-infused brandies. Just keep in mind that different brandies will change the flavor profile of the cocktail.

Is the Cherry Flip suitable for pairing with food?

The Cherry Flip can be paired with desserts or rich, creamy dishes as its sweetness and creaminess can complement the flavors well.

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