Porto Flip

Originally named the ‘Coffee Cocktail’ on account of its appearance, the Porto Flip first appeared in Jerry Thomas’s 1862 The Bartender’s Guide: How to Mix Drinks; A Bon Vivant’s Companion.

Flips, as a style of cocktail usually contain egg yolk or whole egg, simple syrup, double cream, and a spirit – the result being a rich, creamy drink. In this way, an egg nog is sort of a form of Flip.

The Porto Flip disregards the cream and relies on the depth of flavour in the Port to smart the required luxury. Do I like it? Not really. As Simon Difford says:

“Something of a meal in a glass.”

The Porto Flip as a ‘Coffee Cocktail’ in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’s book

Porto Flip

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By IBA Serves: 1
Cooking Time: None


  • 15ml brandy
  • 45ml red port
  • 10ml egg yolk



Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well.


Strain into cocktail glass.


Sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg.

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