Buttermilk Maple Gin Flip Recipe


I often find myself with a half quart or so of leftover buttermilk in my fridge from various cooking projects, like pancakes or homemade crème fraîche, and I could never really figure out what to do with it until now. The answer: whip up a Buttermilk Gin Flip.

The classic flip is a shaken drink made with a spirit, a whole egg, cream, simple syrup, with the optional addition of cream (which technically turns it into a nog). It's rich and creamy, yes, but with the right level of alcohol and proper chilling, it's also completely refreshing and drinkable, sporting a beautiful foamy rim that supports the dusting of nutmeg it traditionally comes with. There are some places—high end New York bars in particular, it seems (is this a regional thing?)—that like to think a flip should be made with egg whites and citrus or—horrors!—soda water! All of these modifications are abominations of the highest order and should be immediately discarded with extreme prejudice and a declaration of "I'll just have a beer please."

An entirely better modification that also happens to lighten the drink considerably is to replace the heavy cream with buttermilk, which adds the dairy smoothness and thickness of cream, but without the fat, along with a touch of acidity to brighten things up. I don't keep simple syrup on hand at home, and I certainly can't be bothered to heat up sugar and water and wait for it to chill every time I want to make a drink, which often leaves me resorting to alternative sweeteners. Honey, agave, the like. Maple syrup works particularly well in this drink, playing off the warm spice notes of the nutmeg sprinkled on top.

Finally, your drink will foam much better if you separate the egg yolk and give it its own spin in the shaker to break it up before adding the remaining ingredients.

Recipe Details

Buttermilk Maple Gin Flip Recipe

Active 2 mins
Total 2 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 large egg, separated

  • 2 ounces gin

  • 1 ounce buttermilk

  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup

  • Fresh nutmeg


  1. Place egg yolk in cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes. Seal shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Open shaker, fill with ice, and add gin, buttermilk, egg white, and maple syrup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into chilled coupe or sour glass. Grate nutmeg over top and serve.

Special equipment

shaker, strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
250 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 131mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 147mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)