Pretend You Actually Care It's Christmas With ‘The Flip’
I don’t mean to brag, but one of the best things about being estranged from most of my family (aside from self-preservation) is that I don’t have to give a shit about the holidays if I don’t want to....
I don’t mean to brag, but one of the best things about being estranged from most of my family (aside from self-preservation) is that I don’t have to give a shit about the holidays if I don’t want to. And most years, I don’t. Most years, I coast and shimmy in my snow globe of cozy imperviousness, only peripherally aware of the hustle and bustle, long lines, shopping bags, jingling bells and fa-la-la-la-blah.
It’s not like I’m opposed to festivities, or getting (and giving) presents, or cooking a nice dinner. I’m apathetic and bad at planning, not the Grinch. I don’t want to hinder other people’s merry-making. And as someone who publicly and professionally cares about cocktails, it stands to reason that come November, I start getting texts from friends and colleagues asking for holiday-specific cocktail recipes, ideally ones they can make in advance. And inevitably, I always feel like my answers leave something to be desired. I’ve never gotten around to having a decidedly favorite punch recipe, or even forming an opinion about eggnog. My standard go-to’s for holiday cocktails are usually:
1. Tiki cocktails, because so many of the flavor profiles in those cocktails are evocative of Christmas (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.), elaborate garnishing is encouraged, many are formatted for sharing, and there’s something wonderfully escapist and comforting about them.
2. The Flip.
The Flip, traditionally composed of spirit, sugar, egg, and (not always) cream, is how I fake my holiday cocktail acumen. It’s a dessert drink, as in best-served-after-dinner and on its own. It’s also very much in the spirit of eggnog, in that it’s creamy and uhh, you know, has egg in it—but it’s not quite as custard-y and dense. And while eggnog generally needs to be made in advance and in a larger quantity, the flip is a single-serving cocktail made on the fly. It’s also conveniently modular, aka fairly forgiving to improvisation, aka you can have fun with it. Which is what I did.
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