Death Flip Cocktail: Tracing The Origins Of The Classic Beverage
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There were no ingredients mentioned when this drink initially appeared on the menu at Melbourne's Black Pearl in 2010. And if you questioned what was in the drink, the barman refused to tell you. The only warning the buyer got was the menacing description: This is not a drink you want to meet in a dark alley."

Of course, many others took the bait, and many ended up enjoying the cocktail—something that would not have happened if the components were listed: tequila, yellow Chartreuse, Jägermeister, and a whole egg. It remains the only flip that has become a modern classic.

What Is Death Flip Cocktail?

Death Flip is a so-called modern classic. This drink consists of blanco tequila, yellow Chartreuse, Jägermeister, simple syrup, and a whole egg. The ingredients are mixed with ice and then poured into a glass. Death Flips are often served in a coupe glass.

The top is typically topped with freshly grated nutmeg. Chris Hysted-Adams, a barman at Black Pearl in Melbourne, Australia, devised the drink. It was initially introduced in 2010. The name refers to flip cocktails, a 19th-century cocktail category that incorporates eggs, and the "death" component might relate to the drink's strength. According to Adams, the term is connected to a difficult skating manoeuvre.

The History Of Death Flip Cocktail

When the drink initially appeared on the menu at the Black Pearl in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010, no ingredients were specified. "You know how it is," says Chris Hysted-Adams, explaining how he came to design the Death Flip. "You are a young, impressionable barman who only drinks tequila, Jägermeister, and Chartreuse. You also love cocktails with tequila, Jägermeister, or Chartreuse. During service, you're most likely to suggest cocktails with tequila, Jägermeister, or Chartreuse."

The issue is that customers rarely appreciate bar-world pet spirits as much as bartenders do. Frustrated by his clients' hesitancy, Hysted-Adams doubled down on his preferences and devised a cocktail containing all three spirits. Because he had previously decided on the bottles he intended to use, the weeklong research and development that resulted in the Death Flip was mostly about balancing the components. It turned out that all it required was one egg, a touch of simple syrup, and some grated nutmeg for garnishes.

In terms of the name, the drink is a flip, which is a 19th-century cocktail that asks for a whole egg. However, there is a secondary connotation. According to Hysted-Adams, "the death flip is a badass trick and I'm a skateboarding tragic." "This badass of a drink needed a badass name to match."

Death Flip Today

These days, sophisticated pubs and restaurants all throughout the world have this drink on their menus. Therefore, feel free to treat yourself to one of them whenever you want to feel adventurous and, obviously, in moderation.

Death Flip Recipe


  • 30 ml of blanco tequila
  • 15 ml of yellow Chartreuse
  • 15 ml Jägermeister
  • 1 dash simple syrup
  • 1 whole egg
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


  • In a mixing tin, combine all the ingredients and shake with ice.
  • Pour through a strainer into a glass.
  • Add freshly grated nutmeg as a garnish.