Sherry 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 Sherry 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 in colonial America. The Sherry Flip is a sophisticated and elegant drink that has been enjoyed by many, including literary figures such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

  • Originated in the 19th century
  • Variation of the traditional flip
  • Enjoyed by famous literary figures

How Sherry Flip Tastes?

The Sherry Flip has a rich, creamy, and velvety texture with a delicate balance of sweetness and nuttiness from the sherry. It is a smooth and warming drink with a hint of spice from the nutmeg.

Interesting facts about Sherry Flip

  • Sherry is a fortified wine from the Jerez region in Spain
  • The Sherry Flip was traditionally made with raw egg, but modern versions often use egg white or cream
  • The drink is sometimes served in a wine glass to showcase its beautiful color and texture


  • Sherry: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Egg: 1
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Nutmeg: 1pinch


The star of the show! Sherry adds depth with its nutty and slightly sweet profile. Using 2oz hits the sweet spot - too much and you'd overpower the delicate balance; too little, and you might as well be drinking a creamy egg.

Alex Green


Eggs-actly what you need for that frothy texture! The whole egg emulsifies, giving the cocktail body and richness. If you skip it, you lose the ‘flip’ part of your Sherry Flip, and we can’t have that, can we?

Emma Rose

Simple Syrup

Sweet simplicity. This touch of sweetness balances the dryness of sherry and richness of the egg. A 0.5oz drizzle does the job. More may lead to a sugar rush, and less could leave your palate hanging in a savory limbo.

Mary Mitkina


Nutmeg is like that friend who always knows what to say. A pinch brings warmth and spiciness, finishing the drink with flair. Without it, your cocktail might just blend into the crowd – and that’s no fun.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Sherry Flip Drink

  1. Combine ingredients
    • In a cocktail shaker, add 2oz of sherry, 1 whole egg, and 0.5oz of simple syrup
  2. Dry shake
    • Shake the mixture without ice to emulsify the egg and create a frothy texture
  3. Add ice
    • Fill the shaker with ice and shake again to chill the drink
  4. Strain
    • Double strain the mixture into a chilled coupe or wine glass
  5. Garnish
    • Grate a pinch of fresh nutmeg over the top of the drink

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh eggs
    • The fresher the egg, the better the froth
  • Double strain
    • This will ensure a smooth texture, free of any egg bits
  • Freshly grate the nutmeg
    • This will give a more intense flavor

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Pairing

Manchego or Comté: The nutty flavors of these hard, aged cheeses complement the rich and nutty taste of the Sherry Flip.


Prosciutto or Serrano Ham: The saltiness of these cured meats cuts through the creaminess of the egg and balances the sweetness of the syrup.


Almond biscotti: A crunchy, nutty almond biscotti serves as a perfect vessel to accentuate the hints of nutmeg and the complexity of sherry.

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What you could change in Sherry Flip

  • Sherry - Can be substituted with a rich, sweet vermouth
  • Egg - Can be substituted with 1oz of cream for a non-alcoholic version
  • Simple syrup - Can be substituted with agave syrup or honey

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Amontillado & Fig Flip

Change the sherry to an Amontillado and add a teaspoon of fig syrup. This will bring a different nutty complexity with a hint of dark fruit, offering a more robust and autumnal flavor to your Flip.

Chocolate Sherry Flip

Introduce 1/2oz of dark crème de cacao along with a chocolate swirl in the glass before pouring. Chocolate and sherry are a couple made in heaven, adding a decadent twist perfect for dessert.

Bourbon Sherry Flip

Who says you can't mix it up? Swap 1oz of sherry for 1oz of bourbon for a bolder, American twist. The vanilla notes of bourbon will dance with the sherry, creating a fusion of old-world charm and new-world confidence.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sherry 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 Sherry Flip

What types of sherry work best in a Sherry Flip?

A cream or Pedro Ximénez sherry gives the cocktail a rich, sweet flavor that balances well with the other ingredients.

How do you know when the cocktail has been shaken enough?

When the shaker becomes frosty and too cold to hold comfortably, it's usually an indication that the cocktail is sufficiently chilled and well mixed.

What type of glass is best to serve a Sherry Flip?

Typically, a coupe or wine glass is used to serve this cocktail to highlight its rich, creamy texture and color. However, the choice of glassware can depend on personal preference.

Are there other garnishes that work well with a Sherry Flip?

While nutmeg is the traditional garnish, cinnamon or a twist of lemon or orange peel can also add a nice touch and a burst of additional flavor.

How does the taste of Sherry Flip change with different substitutions?

Switching to a different fortified wine or substituting the egg with cream or egg white will subtly alter the drink's texture and taste, creating a unique flavor profile.

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