That’s right. Flips. You see, I figure this would be a great time to strategically use all this combined creative and crafty brainpower to build up a list of recipes to keep me loaded up on flips the entire year. They are, after all, a favorite of mine. I’ve heard some say that it’s a fall/winter drink only. I disagree apologetically. The flip is one of those cocktails that so successfully defies the seasons. When it’s cold and the icy chill is tearing it’s way through to our bones, the heated flip opens it’s arms and embraces us like a warm blanket. When it’s hot, the cool flip lowers the heat and can bring back that spring day memory of a creamy shake enjoyed on a front porch. There’s never a bad time or temperature to enjoy the frothy glory that is the flip. And that, my friends, is our challenge this month.I toyed with the idea of trying a hot flip, but since my only previous experience making one was cold (my Breakfast of Champions flip back for the MxMo Dizzy Dairy), I decided to first stick with what I knew. I then ran out of time and didn't try a hot flip; perhaps I will get inspired soon, but mostly seems like I would end up making a mess. Here is what I made:
Onaboat FlipDon Sangria, so decided to start there, since I've seen flips before that used both a spirit and a fortified wine such as port as their base. I went with Mole bitters for garnish in lieu of the more traditional grated nutmeg, and they played a similar role in that they lent a nice aroma upon first sipping the drink. The whole egg does a remarkable job of tempering both alcohol and sweetness, but with ¾ oz cinnamon syrup the drink is still pretty sweet and as such would be well suited for a nightcap. I had actually intended to use only ½ oz of the syrup, but didn't consult my scribbled plan and didn't notice until after I tasted it; after trying I think it worked, but I would consider dialing it back to ½ oz depending on mood. The tequila hangs in the background and adds some depth and it most apparent as a hint of flavor in the finish.
Dry shake, shake with ice, and double strain; top foam with a couple dashes of the Mole bitters
- 1½ oz reposado tequila
- ¾ oz fino sherry
- ¾ oz cinnamon syrup (or ½ oz for slightly drier flip)
- 2 dashes Rhubarb Bitters
- whole egg
- Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters to dash on foam
As for the name, the only things that occurred to me were the many "flip" references in the lyrics to "I'm on a Boat":
I got my swim trunksBetween that and the brininess I find in the fino, and lacking any better ideas, I dubbed the drink the Onaboat Flip. So there you have it. Plus, it gives me an excuse to embed it here:
And my flippie-floppies
I'm flipping burgers, you at Kinko's
Straight flipping copies
I'm riding on a dolphin, doing flips and shit...
UPDATE: Josh has posted the roundup, head over there to check out all the flips for the month.