Nick Jones and Leah de Felice Renton from Birds & Bats Wines have created a true masterpiece with their creation called “St Nick’s Flip”. This delicious cocktail can only be described as a heavenly Christmas dessert, served by the glass. Its creamy texture and festive flavors make it an absolute must for the holiday season. The perfect balance of ingredients results in a delicious treat that will leave you wanting more. Treat yourself to the Christmas magic with the St. Nick’s Flip cocktail and let your taste buds celebrate the festive spirit!
- 200 ml cognac
- 150 ml muscat wine (we used Rutherglen)
- 60ml simple syrup (we used Funkin sugarcane syrup)
- 6 egg whites
- 120 ml double cream
- 6 strips of peeled orange peel
- 6 cloves
- 6 pinches ground cinnamon
- Add a third of all ingredients (except the peeled orange, cloves and cinnamon) to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice.
- Shake vigorously for 1 minute, then strain into two wine glasses.
- Repeat the process two more times with the remaining ingredients, using fresh ice each time.
- Place a clove on each piece of peeled orange.
- Use the clove-studded orange pieces to garnish each glass.
- As a final garnish, add a pinch of cinnamon.
Equipment and tools
To do the St. Nick’s Flip you will need the following equipment and tools:
- measuring cup
- Cocktail shaker
- Cheesecloth (optional)
- Sieve (optional)
St. Nick’s Flip may contain the following allergens:
- Dairy products (double cream)
- Tree nuts (if using Muscat wine aged in oak barrels)
Please note that allergen information may vary depending on the brands/products used.
Storage and leftovers
If there are any leftovers from the St. Nick’s Flip, you can store them in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. However, please note that the drink may separate during storage, so you may need to shake it well before serving again.
The Health Benefits of St. Nick’s Flip
When it comes to traditional holiday drinks, St Nick’s Flip is a classic that brings warmth and coziness to the festive season. Not only does it offer a delicious flavor combination but it also comes with several health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and how they contribute to your well-being.
St Nick’s Flip contains 200ml of cognac, a type of brandy made from grapes. Moderate consumption of cognac is associated with various health benefits. It contains antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and slow the aging process. In addition, cognac has a warming effect on the body, making it ideal for winter nights.
The recipe calls for 150ml of Muscat wine, specifically Rutherglen. Muscat wines are known for their fruity and floral aromas. They are rich in polyphenols, plant compounds with antioxidant properties. These compounds may help protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain types of cancer. Nutmeg wine also contains resveratrol, which supports brain health and has anti-inflammatory effects.
For a touch of sweetness, St Nick’s Flip contains 60ml of simple syrup, made from Funkin cane syrup. While it’s important to consume added sugar in moderation, using a natural syrup like cane syrup can be a healthier alternative to refined sugar. It contains some vitamins and minerals from the sugarcane plant, but should still be enjoyed sparingly.
The recipe calls for 6 proteins, which give the drink a creamy and foamy consistency. Egg whites are a rich source of protein and contain no cholesterol. They also provide essential amino acids that support muscle repair and growth. However, it is important to note that eating raw eggs carries the risk of bacterial contamination. Therefore, it is advisable to use pasteurized eggs or egg substitute in this recipe.
To further increase the richness and enjoyment of St. Nick’s Flip, 120ml of double cream is added. Although cream is high in saturated fat, it can still be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Full-fat dairy products like double cream contain essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins that support overall health.
Orange peel, cloves and ground cinnamon
The recipe also contains 6 strips of peeled orange peel, 6 cloves and 6 pinches of ground cinnamon. These ingredients not only add aromatic flavors to the drink but also provide additional health benefits. Orange peel is a good source of fiber and contains compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Cloves are rich in antioxidants and are used in traditional medicine to relieve digestive problems. Ground cinnamon is known for its potential to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation.
Overall, St. Nick’s Flip not only impresses with its unique blend of flavors, but also comes with a number of health benefits. Remember that moderation is the key to success and it is always recommended to consult a doctor regarding your specific nutritional needs.