Dramatic Drinks

Sip-March-Flip-BurgerFlip Burger’s cocktails are white hot.  

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


can’t eat at Flip Burger without ordering a cocktail or two. And since today we are here to do a cocktail review, who’s counting? I’m delighted to find their new general manager is Shawn West, whom I have not seen since his days at Grey House Grille. We catch up as he seats us at the corner of the bar. We have front-row seats for the show that bartender Chyna creates as she prepares each drink. To her advantage, she has an added “ingredient” that you won’t find at most bars—liquid nitrogen, which adds a touch of theatre to the drinks. 

From the specialty drink menu, we begin tasting the drinks and choosing favorites. Our cocktail show soon draws attention from the surrounding tables, as the steaming cocktails become contagious. Favorites include the Jazzy Bella and Southern Gent. The Jazzy Bella is served in a low ball on the rocks. This steamy drink is dark purple in color with deep layers of blueberry flavors. It is a mix of Absolut Ruby Red, agave nectar, fresh lemon, cilantro, and blueberries. It will be perfect for sipping on Flip Burger’s patio in springtime (Flip Burger has the best patio view at the Summit.)

The Southern Gent is golden in color and served in a tall, smoky glass on the rocks and garnished with fresh mint. This glass of southern comfort includes Alabama’s own whiskey, Clyde May’s, mixed with peach syrup and sweet tea. Whiskey drinkers will flip over the depth of this rich sipper.

But we can’t leave without a milkshake, which is a must at Flip Burger. Alcohol can be added to any milkshake from their LN2 milkshake list. So a dose of Bombay Sapphire Vodka is added to the Nutella Milkshake, creating chocolate marshmallow heaven. In this drink, the liquid nitrogen toasts the baby marshmallows on top as effectively and much more quickly than a campfire. We eat the burnt marshmallows and sip the chocolate shake through straws. This luscious shake makes the perfect dessert cocktail.

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