Porto Flip Cocktail Recipe

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The Porto Flip cocktail recipe features port, brandy and an egg with nutmeg sprinkled on top. Some people say it’s too heavy. It does contain a whole egg.

Porto Flip cocktail on table

Obviously you’re just going to have to make one for yourself and see what you think. 

The History of the Porto Flip Cocktail

The Porto Flip cocktail originated in the 18th century and was popularized in the port wine-producing region of Portugal. The Porto Flip is actually a variation of the classic flip cocktail, which typically includes a spirit, cream or simple syrup, and a whole egg.

One of the earliest mentions of the Porto Flip cocktail can be found in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 cocktail book, ‘How to Mix Drinks.’ This book served as a guide for bartenders and enthusiasts of the time, and it helped spread the popularity of this delicious concoction.

Ingredients for Making a Porto Flip Drink

The main ingredients for a Porto Flip cocktail are port wine, brandy, and a whole egg. For both food safety reasons and flavor, it’s crucial to use fresh eggs when making one.

The quality of the port wine and brandy used in the cocktail can also greatly affect the flavor.

The Brandy

A Porto Flip cocktail traditionally uses a good quality port wine, brandy, and egg yolk. For the brandy component, several options stand out due to their exceptional quality and flavor profile:

  1. Hennessy V.S: This is a popular choice because of its rich flavor and smooth finish. Its notes of fruit and spices complement the sweetness of the port.
  2. Rémy Martin VSOP: This is a higher-end option that adds a touch of luxury to your cocktail. It has flavors of ripe fruits, vanilla, and liquorice which pair well with the port’s richness.
  3. Courvoisier VSOP: This brandy has a complex flavor profile with notes of creme brulee and candied citrus fruits. It adds depth to the cocktail without overwhelming it.
  4. Martell VS Single Distillery: A slightly less expensive option but still great in taste with rich fruit and spice notes.
  5. St-Rémy Authentic VSOP: An excellent value-for-money choice that doesn’t compromise on taste or quality.

Remember that the best brandy for you will ultimately depend on your personal tastes and preferences!

The Port

For a Porto Flip cocktail, here are some highly recommended Port wines:

  1. Fonseca Bin 27 Fine Reserve Porto: It’s renowned for its rich fruitiness and soft, smooth palate, which can balance the flavors of the brandy and egg yolk nicely.
  2. Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port: Known for its robust and vibrant fruit flavor profile, making it a great addition to your cocktail.
  3. Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port: This offers rich dark chocolate and black currant flavors that could add depth to your Porto Flip.
  4. Warre’s Warrior Finest Reserve Port: It’s known for its quality, consistency and deep fruity flavor which can complement well with other ingredients of the drink.
  5. Sandeman Ruby Port: Another good option with intense fruit flavors that provide a nice contrast in a Porto Flip.

Again, the best choice will depend on your taste preference.

The Best Glassware

The traditional glassware for serving Porto Flip cocktails is a coupe glass. You can also go for Nick and Nora glasses or a wine glass.

Porto Flip cocktail on table

Porto Flip Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Porto Flip cocktail recipe features port, brandy and an egg with nutmeg sprinkled on top. Some people say it's too heavy. It does contain a whole egg.


  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 1 1/2 ounces ruby port
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Ice
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg on top


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in all the ingredients.
  3. Shake for 15-30 seconds to get the egg thoroughly mixed and well-chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Garnish with a sprinkly of nutmeg on top.

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Last Updated:

February 8, 2024