This Two-Boil flip, made with molasses, coffee liqueur and nutmeg, tastes like the holidays

Southern Kitchen
Two-Boil Flip Cocktail

This is part of Southern Kitchen's 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails series, which runs daily through Christmas Eve. Each day, we'll pair fun and festive cocktails with classic cookie recipes.

Rich with flavor, this Two Boil Flip would pair nicely with a sweet and simple cookie, like these classic Chocolate Pinwheels.

About the recipe

You don't need to limit yourself to just eggnog this time of year. This molasses cocktail, the Two-Boil Flip, includes a few easy-to-find but nonetheless unexpected ingredients, such as a whole egg, the addition of which, plus sugar, makes this a flip.

If you're a baker, you likely also have molasses in your pantry. While gingersnap cookies are one way to showcase the earthy sweetness of molasses, it also adds a unique, smoky undertone to a stiff drink. That's the case with this recipe, which also adds bourbon and coffee liqueur for a luxuriously rich holiday cocktail.

While you can still find molasses in most stores, the mass-produced version, often the byproduct of crystallized sugar, doesn’t have quite the same flavor as the homemade jars found at farmers markets and roadside stands. A cool note on real molasses: It takes roughly 100 gallons of boiled-down sugar cane juice to make 10 to 15 gallons.

And given its potency, you’ll need strong liquors to balance it out. Dark, woody spirits like bourbon pair well, as do smoky mezcals. And like other thick syrups used in cocktails, thinning it out with water makes measuring easier.

To dilute the molasses, pour equal parts molasses and water into a measuring cup, and stir to combine.

Makes: 1 cocktail

Hands on time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes


2 ounces Old Forester 100-proof bourbon

3/4 ounce diluted molasses (see note)

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur

1/4 ounce simple syrup

1 large egg

Ice cubes

Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, molasses, lemon juice, coffee liqueur, simple syrup and egg. Add one ice cube and shake hard for 20 to 30 seconds. Open the shaker and fill the remaining space with ice. Shake the drink hard for an additional 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with grated nutmeg. Serve immediately.