While it may not feel like it, it is St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re looking for a good alternative to green beer, you’ve come to the right place. We’re featuring a cocktail originally created by the late John Lermayer of Miami’s Sweet Liberty Bar – a delicious “Irish” drink featuring Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and … a whole egg?
Ready to celebrate? Click here for this yummy recipe.
How to Make the Irish Flip
So What Exactly is a Flip?
A flip is a cocktail family that uses a whole egg (yes, you read that correctly), resulting in a thick, creamy cocktail. It’s much less common to use a whole egg in drinks (vs just egg whites) but it is not unheard of. In fact, traditional egg nog is made with whole eggs and could arguably be considered a “Flip” too!
Let’s Celebrate with an Irish Flip!
This drink was created by the late, great John Lermayer, so let’s hope we do him proud. Substituting cream for the creaminess of Guinness, this cocktail incorporates Licor 43 for sweetness, which also adds a vanilla-orange element (and the vanilla really does come through). With the frothiness from the egg and a dash of chocolate bitters that works perfectly with the Guinness, this kind of comes out like a milkshake because it’s so creamy!
With fresh ground nutmeg on top, the effect is super aromatic.
I know we’re celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in March, but this drink seriously tastes and smells like Christmas. You can definitely tell there’s an egg in there (not in a bad way!), and the Irish Flip offers a round mouthfeel with lots of beautiful cream on top from the Guinness and egg.
Making It Your Own
This is the part where we normally make a bunch of suggestions for substitutions if you don’t have the exact ingredients on hand, but honestly I’m struggling with this one. This cocktail depends so heavily on the Guinness beer for creaminess, I wouldn’t change the beer. And Licor 43 could maaaaybe be substituted with a vanilla simple syrup, but as Chris said, “the sum of the parts are so much better than each individual ingredient”. I definitely agree. Try to stick with the original ingredients (and whatever you do, don’t make this green!)
Let us know what you’re serving for St. Paddy’s Day! Whether it’s green or not, we’d love to see your favorite cocktails for this holiday. Also, stay tuned for the rest of beer month for other unique beer cocktails we’ll be sharing, and don’t forget to join all the awesome discussions in our Facebook group. And don’t forget that our awesome Japanese jigger is 15% off all month!`
- 1 oz Irish Whiskey
- 1 oz Licor 43
- 2.5 oz Guinness stout
- 1 Dash Chocolate Bitters
- 1 Each Whole Egg
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and give it a hard shake for about 30 seconds.
- Strain into a coupe and serve.
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