The world of cocktails is as wide and disparate as the number of bars and bartenders willing to play with ingredients. While many of us are familiar with the canon of classics, there is also a long history of paying homage to personages and events over ice and with a garnish. This month we will be exploring history for cocktail inspiration, both to uncover delicious cocktails, but also to learn the story behind the liquid and the people who inspired it. Join us Saturdays in November at 2pm on Instagram Live this month to see what stories and flavor combinations we've uncovered!
Our first entry was the some what macabre but simple and tasty Nelson's Blood. We followed up last week with the hilarious origins of the Tom Collins. This week Eric plays with fire and reaches back to our colonial past for The Flip!
One of Benjamin Franklin's favorites, and a standard beverage of the Colonial era, The Flip is one part boilermaker, one part grog, and one part fun with fire.
Prior to the modern cocktail era, almost all proto-cocktails were rum based, as it was much more readily available than whiskey at the time and a backbone of the colonial economy. Dating at least back to 1690, Flips were the first mixed alcoholic beverages that we know of that were not punch-based.
To make a Flip, get yourself some rum, a beer or cider, a bit of raw sugar or molasses, and perhaps some lime and spices. Put 'em all in a pitcher and heat it up with a red hot poker. Enjoy, Old School!
Join Eric this Saturday, November 20 at 2pm on Instagram Live as he creates his own take on this venerable style and endeavors to not burn the store down!