Sunday, November 8, 2009


The first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts. On a recent trip, I noticed at the small gift "shoppe" a kitchen towel with a recipe for flip, a hearty beverage we can assume militia members were consuming the night of April 18, 1775, a few hours before English regulars engaged them near the town meeting house.

The recipe called for:

- 14 oz. of ale
- 2 oz. of rum
- 1 tbsp. of molasses
- one whole egg, or two tbsp. of cream

The ingredients were to be mixed together, and a red-hot loggerhead was to be applied to heat the mixture.

In recreating this piece of history, I used one 12 oz. bottle of homebrewed stout and kept the other ingredients the same. I also substituted a small cookpot and the stove for the loggerhead. I mixed all the ingredients and whisked to integrate the egg, before warming the flip over low heat for a few mintues. Alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, so I was careful to not lose the beverage's potency to evaporation.

The flip was warm, sweet, sharp, and thick, with a noticeable alcohol bite from the rum. While the depth of the flavor may be improved with some wintry spices like nutmeg or cinnamon, these four ingredients are enough to keep you warm all winter long.

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