It's Time to Do the Aberdeen Flip

Who doesn’t fancy a flip? The term ‘flip’ originated in 1695, when a blend of rum, beer and sugar was heated with a red-hot iron that caused the drink to froth or flip. It was used to describe a class of blended drinks.

With the addition of eggs and even more sugar, the need for beer was gradually eliminated. Flip drinks essentially use well-beaten eggs for smoothness, and are poured back and forth between two shakers for that thick, frothy texture.

The Aberdeen Flip is a modern twist on the historical flip by the Chivas Brothers. The cocktail is believed to have been named after their hometown. Tastes best with a deep, rich whisky such as the Aberlour or Chivas 18 that tames its sweetness and the use of eggs and chocolate results in an indulging, velvety cocktail.

Here we share a great recipe of this unusual cocktail topped with a dollop of jam.

Mix Your Own Aberdeen Flip

Into a cocktail shaker with no ice, pour 60 ml whisky of your choice, 30 ml sherry, 1 whole egg, 1 ½ teaspoons honeyed spice syrup*, 2 teaspoons black cherry jam, and a dash of chocolate bitters. Shake it for 30 seconds and add ice to it. Shake it for a minute or so.  Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

*Make your own honeyed spice syrup. Bring 200 gms white/caster sugar, 200 ml water, 3 teaspoons honey, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 - 3 whole star anise and ½ a vanilla pod to a boil into a saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes. Strain the syrup through a sieve and cool. You could refrigerate the remaining syrup.

The wide world of whiskies with varied personalities and flavours prove to be great mixers. Stir the Aberdeen Flip, a truly rich cocktail with warming hints of fruit and spice.

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