Amer A. Vargas Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, February 2018, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Let’s Talk about Mixology, Part 29

by Amer Vargas

The Porto Flip

Having just trained a wonderful group of butlers in Lisbon, and following the suggestion of Victor Lucas, F&B Manager at the Palacio de Seteais there, I am pleased to introduce a wonderful cocktail that will make anyone want to travel to Portugal, where the main ingredient is produced.

The Porto Flip is really for experienced drinkers, as it presents both a high level of sugar and a high level of alcohol, the combination of which invites most people to remember they probably took too much of it a few hours after enjoying it a bit too much.

In any case, this sober looking but sweetly exquisite concoction is made with the following ingredients: 65 ml of Tawny Port wine, 35 ml of brandy, and an egg yolk. All the ingredients are mixed in the shaker with ice cubes for a few seconds, until the liquid turns into a nice froth.

It is presented in a classic martini glass.

The classic cocktail is finished with nutmeg powder, although some variations use cinnamon.

If you don’t achieve a proper froth, add a little cream to enhance not only the look but also the taste.

As a final variation, try adding a whole egg instead of just the yolk, which improves not only the texture but also the taste.

Put some Fado [melancholic and expressive singing from Lisbon, often associated with pubs, cafés, and restaurants, and dating back at least two centuries] in your CD player and sip your Porto Flip. Mmm-hmmm!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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