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flip

The original flip was made by plunging a hot fireplace poker ("flip iron" or "iron flip dog") into a concoction of rum, beer, sweetener and spices and stirring vigorously to heat and blend the drink. Adding beaten eggs to the poker-stirred potion changed the old-time flip to a yard of flannel, referring to the roughened surface caused by the cooked eggs. Today's flip always includes an egg and, depending on the version, may be served hot or cold.