The Louisiana Flip

I am taking a break from the war  to blog about a more frivolous experiment we performed last night. In the Oscar-winning movie The Grand Hotel there is a scene where one of the main characters orders a drink called a Louisiana Flip. In the scene he attempts to get others to try the drink but they all pass for other options.

Before this movie, I had never heard of a Louisiana Flip and I have been in a lot of bars so I got curious. I could only find a couple of online references but I did find a recipe and a little history of the drink.

It seems there are a series of ‘Flip’ drinks all involving an egg as one of the ingredients. The drinks were, from what I can tell, popular at the turn of the 20th century and seem to be German in origin. The movie The Grand Hotel takes place in Germany between the World Wars so that appeared to fit. I don’t know though if the term ‘Flip’ comes from the egg being involved, the drink being shaken – not stirred 🙂  – or if it is a reference to the party scene that was pervasive during that time period. After all, it was an era that gave us the ‘Flapper’ as well.

With the help of two bartenders, Melissa Maue and Lauren Ward, and using the recipe we made the first Louisiana Flip I have ever seen. In the movie it is described as a bit sweet. I’m not sure the word ‘sweet’ is the right word but it did almost have a daiquiri texture to it. The first question everyone wanted answer was can you taste the egg? Nope you can’t. It did add a nice froth to the drink though.

Overall I didn’t really become a fan of the drink. It wasn’t bad but just not for me. So in an ironic way, I would be among the other characters in the movie who chose a different drink. It was interesting though to resurrect a piece of history and give it a whirl.

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8 thoughts on “The Louisiana Flip

  1. Janis

    I found an excerpt from a 1932 newspaper article about Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s research department doing research for the film the Grand Hotel.

    For a time, studio officials were puzzled about the reference in the script of the play to a drink known as the “Louisiana flip.” This concoction plays a prominent part in a bar scene. It had to be made expertly in front of the camera. The research department looked it up in various Berlin “bar guides,” and finally discovered that is was composed of white of egg, Kirsch Wasser, orange flowers, lemon juice, and sugar.

    Unfortunately, the article did not list the measurements.

    • Jett

      Janis – thank you for that note! This post is my most popular post ever because everyone has the same question, “What is a Louisiana Flip?” and every time Grand Hotel is aired, literally a 100 people come here searching for the drink. 🙂 I found a recipe (took some doing) and had to do a little and trial and error on the measurements to get the above. Ours was a little different than yours obviously – not sure where you would get the orange flowers these days – but I may have to use what you just posted and give it a second go around. I find it fascinating that by 1932 MGM was as puzzled by the drink as we are today as that was only two decades after the drink’s heyday. Thanks for the note and the input! Thanks for reading!!!

  2. Janis

    Jett,

    Thank you for your reply. I believe Orange Flower is actually Orange Blossom, since the translation is the same from German; and I’m willing to bet it’s actually Orange Blossom Liquor, rather than just the flower itself. That being said, I can see why the drink was considered sweet!

  3. lois

    Check out Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_(cocktail) for some history. Flip drinks are mentioned in the OED — dating from the 1600s.
    I’ve just watched Grand Hotel, or course!

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