Bourbon Coffee Flip – Breakfast in a glass.

Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks­™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

Take your morning brew up a notch with this delightful Bourbon Coffee Flip, which we lovingly refer to as “the working man’s espresso martini.”

Start your day with this meal in a glass. There’s caffeine to start your engine, egg protein to keep it running lean, and a little bourbon for some extra get up and go. Yes, we’re touting the health benefits of morning drinking. Forget the health benefits, think about the life benefits. Point is: Coffee has its place, but we like to start our day with something a little stronger.

Flips are a class of cocktail that use a whole egg. Yes, an entire raw egg. Before you dismiss it as some sort of hipster mixology, entire raw eggs have been used in cocktails for a long time. Jerry Thomas’s 1862 book How to Mix Drinks contains numerous recipes for flips. So why an entire egg, why not just the white? Well, an entire egg changes the texture of a drink. It makes a cocktail thicker and adds richness. Since the recipe calls for an entire raw egg, remember that freshness is key.  And similar to using egg whites, a dry shake is needed to emulsify the egg.

You’re all set to go then, with this drink containing espresso, bourbon and an egg – you should probably just have three of these and call it breakfast.


  • 1⅓ ounces (2 tablespoons plus 2½ teaspoons) bourbon
  • 1 ounce espresso
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large ice cubes


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake until ice cubes are almost gone and strain into a chilled glass.

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