Orange Flip Cocktail Recipe

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Orange Flip Nutrition Facts


Fat:5 g

Protein:7 g

Carbohydrates:24 g


Created by

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 Orange Flip is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It is a variation of the traditional flip, which was a popular drink among sailors and travelers. The Orange Flip was created to add a citrus twist to the original recipe, making it more refreshing and appealing to a wider audience.

  • The flip was originally made with beer, rum, and sugar, and was served hot
  • The addition of citrus to the flip created a more refreshing and versatile drink
  • The Orange Flip became popular in the United States during the Prohibition era, as it was easy to make and masked the taste of low-quality alcohol

How Orange Flip Tastes?

The Orange Flip has a creamy, smooth texture with a balanced sweetness and a hint of tartness from the orange. It is a rich, velvety drink with a frothy finish and a subtle warmth from the alcohol.

Interesting facts about Orange Flip

  • The Orange Flip is sometimes called a 'breakfast cocktail' due to its use of egg and orange juice
  • The use of a whole egg in the Orange Flip gives it a rich, creamy texture, and also provides a source of protein
  • The Orange Flip can be made with a variety of spirits, including brandy, rum, or bourbon


  • Orange juice: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Brandy: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Egg: 1
  • Orange slice: 1
  • Maraschino cherry: 1

Orange Juice

Using 2 oz strikes a balance between providing a strong citrus base without overpowering the other ingredients. Less could make the drink too boozy, while more could turn it into a glorified juice. It's your stage, brandy and egg need a good supporting actor, not a screen hogger!

Mary Mitkina


Here comes the 1 oz of warmth and depth. Brandy rounds out the cocktail with its rich flavor. Without it, the Orange Flip would be a virgin on a prom night - terribly dull. Substitute with Cognac for a more refined touch, or bourbon for a bolder twist.

Mary Mitkina

Simple Syrup

0.5 oz adds just enough sweetness to complement, not smother, the natural sugar in the orange juice. An over-sweet cocktail is like a bad comedian, trying too hard to be liked. If it's too less, the drink could become The Pledge of a magic trick without The Turn.

Alex Green


A whole egg for that luxurious texture and a touch of richness. It's what separates the flip from your everyday shake. Skipping it is like going to a pool party and not getting in the water - why bother? Use a pasteurized egg if salmonella is your mortal enemy.

Mary Mitkina

Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry

The garnish is the cherry on top - literally. It's all about the aesthetic, darling, plus a hint of extra flavor and zesty aroma. The drink would still taste great without them, but eating with your eyes is the first course.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Orange Flip Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the orange juice, brandy, simple syrup, and whole egg
  2. Shake vigorously without ice to emulsify the egg
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until well chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe or martini glass
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh orange juice for a brighter, fresher flavor
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to fully emulsify the egg and create a frothy texture
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters: The creaminess of cheeses pairs well with the acidity and sweetness of the Orange Flip.
  • Bruschetta: The tanginess of tomatoes complements the orange flavor of the drink.
  • Sushi Rolls: Especially those with a bit of sweetness, like a mango roll, would accompany the citrus notes nicely.


  • Vanilla or citrus flavored desserts: The sweet and citrus profile of the cocktail complements these desserts perfectly.
  • Crème brûlée: The creamy richness balances the Orange Flip's zestiness.


  • Almonds and nuts: Their earthy flavors and the creamy texture create a nice contrast with the Orange Flip's brightness.

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What you could change in Orange Flip

  • Brandy can be substituted with rum or bourbon
  • Simple syrup can be replaced with honey or agave syrup
  • If you're allergic to eggs, you can use a vegan egg substitute

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And of course - twists🍹

Chocolate Orange Flip

  • Add a 1/2 oz of chocolate liqueur
  • Follow the original recipe, adding chocolate liqueur along with the other ingredients.
  • The chocolate will bring a decadent twist, merging with the citrus to remind you of those fancy chocolate oranges you get at holidays.

Spiced Orange Flip

  • Include 1/2 oz of spiced rum in place of brandy.
  • Follow the standard Orange Flip recipe but substitute the brandy.
  • Spiced rum will conjure up a pirate's dream, with notes of vanilla and caramel dancing a jig with the orange.

Bourbon Orange Flip

  • Use 1 oz of bourbon instead of brandy.
  • Follow the original Orange Flip recipe, swapping the spirits.
  • The bourbon drives this twist onto a Kentucky backroad, adding a smoky backdrop to the sweet, citrus highway.

In case you forgot basics how to make Orange 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 Orange Flip

Can I make Orange Flip without alcohol?

Yes, you can skip the alcohol ingredient (like brandy, rum, or bourbon) and continue with other ingredients for a non-alcoholic version.

Is there a special type of glass recommended for serving Orange Flip?

While the Orange Flip can be served in any glass, traditionally it is served in a coupe or martini glass to better display the frothy texture and vibrant color.

Is the Orange Flip considered a dessert cocktail?

The Orange Flip can indeed be considered a dessert cocktail due to its creamy texture and balanced sweetness.

Is the Orange Flip a good cocktail for beginners to try at home?

Yes, it's a fairly simple cocktail to make at home with common ingredients, making it a good choice for beginners.

Can I use bottled orange juice for the Orange Flip?

For the best results, it's recommended to use fresh orange juice. However, if that's not available, bottled juice can be used as a substitute.

What other types of fruit can I use in an Orange Flip?

While the Orange Flip typically uses orange juice, you could also try replacing the orange with other citrus fruits like grapefruit or lemon for a different flavor profile.

Is the egg in Orange Flip safe to consume?

Yes, as with any cocktail containing raw egg, ensure you use fresh, high-quality eggs. In many countries, it’s considered safe to consume raw eggs if they’re pasteurized.

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