Porto 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 Porto Flip cocktail has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. It is believed to have originated in England and was popularized in the United States during the 1920s. This classic cocktail is a favorite among those who appreciate the unique combination of port wine, brandy, and egg.

  • The Porto Flip was first mentioned in Jerry Thomas' 1862 book, 'How to Mix Drinks'
  • It gained popularity during Prohibition, as port wine was easier to obtain than other spirits
  • The cocktail has experienced a resurgence in recent years, as mixologists rediscover classic recipes

How Porto Flip Tastes?

The Porto Flip is a rich, velvety, and slightly sweet cocktail with a hint of nuttiness. The flavors of the port wine and brandy blend beautifully, while the egg adds a creamy texture. The cocktail is well-balanced, with a warming finish.

Interesting facts about Porto Flip

  • The Porto Flip is sometimes called a 'Port Wine Flip'
  • The cocktail is traditionally made with ruby port, but tawny port can also be used for a slightly different flavor profile
  • The use of egg in cocktails dates back to the 17th century, when it was believed to have medicinal properties


Ruby Port

Ruby port gives the Porto Flip its distinctive rich, fruity base. The 1.5 oz measurement is just enough to ensure it shines through without overpowering the other ingredients. Less port might leave you with an unbalanced, too-boozy drink, while more might make it overly sweet.

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Brandy adds a touch of warmth and depth to the cocktail. 0.5 oz is the sweet spot; more could overpower the port, less might make the drink less complex. No brandy? Expect a less rounded flavor profile.

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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup sweetens the deal, rounding out the flavors. At 0.5 oz, it's the right quantity to balance sweetness with the strength of the alcohol. Less and the cocktail might taste too sharp; more could make it cloyingly sweet.

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Egg Yolk

The egg yolk here isn't just showing off; it adds a luxurious creaminess. Skipping it, you'd miss out on the signature texture of the Flip. Too much and you might as well call it a breakfast cocktail!

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A pinch of nutmeg is your aromatic secret weapon. It offers an exotic whisper of spice. Leave it out and the drink loses a layer of sophistication. Too much? Well, we're making a cocktail, not a spice cake!

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Ice is essential for chilling and diluting the cocktail to perfection. The shaking integrates the velvety egg yolk evenly. No ice means no chill. We're not just stirring the pot; we're crafting a blend that's cool and smooth.

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Recipe. How to make Porto Flip Drink

  1. Combine ruby port, brandy, simple syrup, and egg yolk in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass
  4. Garnish with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to ensure the egg yolk is fully incorporated
  • Use freshly grated nutmeg for the best flavor
  • Chill your glass in advance for a cooler cocktail

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

  • Cheeses: Choose rich and creamy cheeses like Brie, Camembert, or a mature Cheddar to complement the fruity and smooth textures of the Porto Flip cocktail.

Dark Chocolate

  • Treats: Indulge in dark chocolate truffles or bars that highlight the deep, fruity notes of the Ruby port.


  • Sweets: Pair with desserts that have caramel, vanilla, or nut-based profiles, such as tarte Tatin or pecan pie, enhancing the sweet complexity of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Porto Flip

  • Tawny port can be used instead of ruby port for a different flavor profile
  • Cognac can be substituted for brandy
  • Agave syrup can be used instead of simple syrup for a more natural sweetness

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Porto Flip with a Coffee Kick

Ingredients: Ruby port:1.5 oz, Coffee liqueur:0.5 oz, Simple syrup:0.25 oz, Egg yolk:1, Nutmeg:1 pinch, Espresso shot:1, Ice Recipe: Add the espresso shot to the original recipe. Shake and serve as usual. Taste: The added espresso and coffee liqueur give this version a caffeinated jolt, perfect for those after-dinner conversations.

Spiced Porto Flip

Ingredients: Ruby port:1.5 oz, Cognac:0.5 oz, Maple syrup:0.5 oz, Egg yolk:1, Cinnamon:1 pinch, Nutmeg:1 pinch, Ice Recipe: Use maple syrup instead of simple syrup and add a pinch of cinnamon. Shake and serve with a sprinkle of both spices. Taste: Cognac and maple bring a cozy, wintery vibe to this spiced-up twist—ideal for those chilly evenings by the fire.

Porto Flip 'N' Fruity

Ingredients: Ruby port:1.5 oz, Peach brandy:0.5 oz, Honey:0.5 oz, Egg yolk:1, Lemon zest:1 pinch, Nutmeg:1 pinch, Ice Recipe: Replace brandy with peach brandy and simple syrup with honey. Shake with lemon zest and serve. Taste: This twist takes you on a summery adventure with its bright notes of peach and honey—sunshine in a glass!

In case you forgot basics how to make Porto 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 Porto Flip

What type of glassware is ideal for serving the Porto Flip?

A chilled coupe or martini glass is typically used to serve a Porto Flip.

What is the alcohol content of the Porto Flip?

The alcohol content can vary based on the proportions of the ingredients, but it's usually around 15%.

Who was Jerry Thomas?

Jerry Thomas, often referred to as 'the father of American mixology', was a prominent American bartender in the 19th century. He wrote 'How to Mix Drinks', the first drink recipe book published in the United States.

What is the difference between Ruby Port and Tawny Port?

Ruby Port is a young style of Port, aged for a shorter period with a rich, fruity flavor and a deep red color. Tawny Port is aged longer and has a nuttier flavor with a caramel-colored hue.

Why is the drink called 'Porto Flip'?

The name 'Porto Flip' comes from the use of Ruby port, a fortified wine from Porto, Portugal, in the cocktail and the technique used in its preparation which involves 'flipping' or shaking the ingredients together.

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