This post was originally written in 2012 but since then has proved one of the most popular entries I've put up. This is due to the enduring legacy of 'The Grand Hotel'. Since this was posted, someone familiar with MGM research said that the studio was baffled by the Flip drinks mentioned in the script as well. After referring to Berlin bar guides, they finally settled on white egg, Kirsch Wasser, Orange Blossom, sugar and lemon juice, though measurements weren't listed. So, have fun with your experimentation! Let us know how it goes!
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 and Lauren, 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.