Fernet 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 16, 2024


The Fernet Flip is a cocktail that combines the herbal bitterness of Fernet with the richness of a whole egg and the sweetness of simple syrup to create a balanced and intriguing drink. The 'flip' category of cocktails dates back to the 17th century, originally made with beer, sugar, and a whole egg, heated with a hot iron. Over time, flips evolved to include spirits, and the Fernet Flip is a modern take on this historical category.

  • Who Would Like It?
    • Fans of bitter and complex flavors
    • Adventurers in the cocktail world
    • Those who appreciate classic cocktail twists

How Fernet Flip Tastes?

The Fernet Flip has a bold and complex flavor profile. It's herbaceous, slightly bitter, and earthy from the Fernet, with a creamy and velvety texture from the egg. The simple syrup adds a touch of sweetness to balance the bitterness, making it a rich and indulgent experience.

Interesting facts about Fernet Flip

  • Fernet is an Italian type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit.
  • Flips are one of the oldest categories of mixed drinks.
  • The Fernet Flip is particularly popular in regions where Fernet is a beloved digestif, such as Argentina and Italy.


  • Fernet: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Egg: 1 whole
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Nutmeg: 1 pinch (for garnish)


Fernet is the star, bringing a bitter, herbal, and spicy blast to our cocktail. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to pack a punch without knocking your socks off. If you use less, you'll be waving goodbye to the boldness; more, and you might as well be sipping on a bottle of bitters. An alternative could be a different amaro, which would change the bold profile to something a little milder, yet still intriguing.

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Eggs are not just for breakfast anymore—they're a cocktail shaker's best friend, giving the Flip that silky smooth and luxurious texture. Skipping the egg would be like going to the opera in flip-flops—you just don't do it. It emulsifies, folks. As for alternatives, some daredevils use aquafaba for a vegan flip, which also does a decent job at thickening.

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Simple Syrup

Call it the peacekeeper of flavors—simple syrup brings sweetness to mediate the bitter-warrior Fernet. 0.5 oz ensures a truce without a sugar rush. Veer off course with the amount and you're in a tangle of too sweet or too grim. For a twist, try honey or maple syrup, but be ready for a more complex and richer taste.

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Oh, the humble nutmeg—a pinch of this and you've got a cocktail wearing a top hat. It's the garnish that whispers 'sophistication' and adds a warm spiciness to each sip. Forget the nutmeg, and the whole experience becomes less... elevated. Alternative? Cinnamon could pinch hit, lending a different but equally warming spice.

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Recipe. How to make Fernet Flip Drink

  1. Add 1.5 oz of Fernet, 1 whole egg, and 0.5 oz of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Dry shake (shake without ice) vigorously to emulsify the egg.
  3. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Grate a pinch of fresh nutmeg over the top as garnish.

Pro Tips

  • Use a fresh egg for the best flavor and texture.
  • A fine-mesh strainer can help ensure a smooth texture by removing any bits of egg.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled octopus: The bold flavors of Fernet stand up well against the smokiness of grilled octopus, complementing each other in complexity.
  • Dark Chocolate: A piece of dark chocolate can enhance the herbal notes in Fernet while the sweet syrup balances its bitterness.

Main Courses

  • Braised beef: Rich and flavorful dishes like braised beef work well with the intensity of a Fernet Flip, which cleanses the palate between bites.
  • Wild mushroom risotto: The earthy elements of wild mushrooms pair nicely with the herbal qualities of Fernet.


  • Tiramisu: Coffee-flavored desserts like Tiramisu can match the bitter notes in Fernet while the creamy texture of the dessert complements the silky smoothness of the flip.
  • Spiced pecan pie: The nutmeg garnish on the flip echoes the spices in a pecan pie, creating a harmonious dessert pairing.

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What you could change in Fernet Flip

  • Fernet: If Fernet Branca is not available, you can use another brand of Fernet or a different type of amaro for a variation in flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: Maple syrup or honey syrup can be used for a different sweetness profile.

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Espresso Fernet Flip

Add 0.5 oz of chilled espresso to the mix before shaking. This will imbue the cocktail with a deep coffee flavor, creating a more complex and robust beverage, perfect for coffee lovers. The bitter coffee will complement the Fernet and give you a rich kickoff.

Fernet Flip Royale

Top the strained cocktail with a splash of champagne. The effervescence of champagne will lift the heaviness out of the Flip, giving it a bubbly personality and adding a festive twist suitable for special occasions. The flip will feel more celebratory, sparkling with each sip.

Maple Fernet Flip

Substitute the simple syrup with high-quality maple syrup. This substitute will offer a more autumnal sweetness with smoky undertones, making the cocktail feel like a forest party in your mouth. The Fernet's herbal notes will pair delightfully with the rich maple flavor.

In case you forgot basics how to make Fernet 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 Fernet Flip

What type of glass is best suited for serving a Fernet Flip?

A chilled coupe glass is recommended for serving a Fernet Flip to enhance the presentation and retain the chill of the cocktail.

Is it safe to consume cocktails that contain raw eggs?

While raw eggs carry a risk of salmonella, using fresh, properly handled, and refrigerated eggs can minimize the risk. It is always advisable to use pasteurized eggs in cocktails to ensure safety.

Can 'Flip' cocktails be made without alcohol?

Yes, non-alcoholic versions, also known as 'virgin flips,' can be made by omitting the alcoholic ingredients and using non-alcoholic substitutions to mimic the flavors.

What are some common techniques used to garnish Flip cocktails?

Typical garnishes for Flip cocktails include a freshly grated spice such as nutmeg or cinnamon, and sometimes a twist of citrus peel to add an aromatic element to the drink.

How can I adjust the sweetness level in a Fernet Flip?

The sweetness can be adjusted by altering the amount of simple syrup to your preference or by using different sweeteners like honey or agave nectar for a subtle flavor variation.

What is the origin of the term 'Flip' in cocktail names?

The term 'Flip' comes from the older practice of 'flipping' (mixing) a cocktail ingredients together, especially with the inclusion of a whole egg, creating a characteristic frothy texture.

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