Today we’re playing around with two different things that are pretty unique on their own…a traditional flip cocktail, and the vanilla-flavored liqueur, Licor 43.
Licor 43 is a Spanish liqueur, named after the 43 different flavoring ingredients (not just vanilla, but citrus and other fruits, spices, etc). I was first introduced to it by a bartender in Chicago who made us coffee cocktails with it (delish!).
What is a flip cocktail?
So I’d actually had one before (in Scotland), and didn’t realize that it was a classification rather than what the bartender had named that particular cocktail. Today it’s a basically just a combination of spirit (or fortified wine), a form of sugar, and a whole egg shaken together with ice.
The much longer history is kind of weird, involving sailors, hot alcohol, ale, molasses, and egg…a heated iron rod, multiple pitchers, and…honestly, you have to read it yourself.
I’ll definitely take today’s version. Like eggnog without the cream (or my delicious milk punch minus the sweetened condensed milk), this is a rich and indulgent dairy-free creamy bourbon (in this case) cocktail.
With its vanilla flavor and warm spices, Licor 43 pairs nicely with whiskey and the rich “oomph” of a flip cocktail. It’s like a less thick version of eggnog, without the cream that deadens the flavor. It’s indulgent but not heavy.
The sweet aromatics in a good bourbon pair nicely with the vanilla and spices as well…this cocktail is definitely a winner.
In a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice, combine the bourbon, Licor 43, simple syrup, and the egg.
Shake all that up without ice to aerate it for at least 10 seconds (this is called a “dry shake”). Add ice and shake again for about 15-20 seconds, for a “wet shake” (to chill it down).
Strain the mixture into a rocks glass without ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg and enjoy!
This Licor 43 cocktail is lovely on a fall or winter evening, with the vibe of eggnog and warmth of vanilla and spices…without all the calories and cloying texture…try out a flip cocktail for yourself!
Other creamy whiskey cocktails you’ll love:
- Black Raspberry Irish Coffee (with Chambord & whipped cream)
- “Preservation Punch” Whiskey Cocktail (with jam)
- Bourbon Milk Punch Cocktail (with sweetened condensed milk)
Original recipe from Food + Wine