Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

Cocktailing at the Dandelion: Summer Beer Flip

A beer cocktail with a whole egg? Fear not, it's delicious.
Cocktailing at the Dandelion: Summer Beer Flip
After a cooped-up weekend – compliments of Hurricane Irene – I ventured down to Rittenhouse for some sunshine and to check out Stephen Starr’s Dandelion Pub, on 18th and Sansom. I’d heard good things about the London-inspired gastropub’s food, and even better things about their quirky cocktail menu.
 
At 2 PM on a Monday, the place wasn’t crowded. I grabbed a leather covered stool at the classic wood bar and studied the menu for something interesting to try. After a quick consultation with Joshua, the denim-clad bartender, I chose the Summer Beer Flip.
 
A classic Flip (a drink that dates back to 1695), contains a spirit, a whole egg, sugar and spice. Dandelion’s version starts with Beefeater gin, a whole egg, apricot marmalade and chocolate bitters. The drink is transferred from shaker to shaker back repeatedly before being poured through a strainer to ensure smoothness. It’s topped off with pilsner, creating a thick white foam that sits on top of the whole concoction. As the finishing touch, freshly shaved cinnamon is lightly sprinkled on top.

The Summer Beer Flip could easily be mistaken for egg nog at first glance, but the taste is very different. The drink is sweet when it first hits the tongue, but with a noticeable bite from the gin. The pilsner doesn’t hide behind the other ingredients, making itself more present with each subsequent sip. (I wouldn’t recommend the drink for those who don’t like the taste of lager.) The fresh cinnamon packs an unexpected punch, mingling nicely other flavors.

Initially, the “whole egg” part of this drink gave me hesitation. Visions of body builders flashed through my head while Joshua cracked and added the white and yolk to the glass. However, my fear was unwarranted, as there was no eggy taste or sliminess whatsoever. The egg simply acts as a thickener for the cocktail; don’t let it deter you from a delicious drink.

I recommend Dandelion’s Summer Beer Flip for the adventurous tippler. You won’t find it at your average Philly corner bar, but isn’t that what makes a drink like this special? Pull up a stool, grab a plate of the smoked trout pâté, say hi to Joshua for me and enjoy the last few weeks of summer with a Flip.
 

 
Recent articles:
 
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Northern Liberties' 2nd Street Festival is Celebrating Its 11th Year, August 4

Northern Liberties' 2nd Street Festival is Celebrating Its 11th Year, August 4

Northern Liberties' annual 2nd Street Festival will return for its 11th year on Sunday, August 4 and will span...read more ›

by Drink Philly Aug 2, 2019
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
SPONSORED
Join Us for the 4th Annual Drink Philly Summer Cocktail Social, August 21

Join Us for the 4th Annual Drink Philly Summer Cocktail Social, August 21

After an amazing three years, Drink Philly and Diageo are joining forces to host the fourth annual Summer Cock...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jul 31, 2019
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
The Second Annual Wands & Whiskey Cocktail Competition Will Raise Money for PAWS at Cherry Street Pier, July 30

The Second Annual Wands & Whiskey Cocktail Competition Will Raise Money for PAWS at Cherry Street Pier, July 30

On Tuesday, July 30 from 7 PM - 10 PM at Cherry Street Pier, have a magical evening at the second annual Wands...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jul 27, 2019
Independence Seaport Museum After Hours Lets You Drink While Exploring the Museum with Waterfront Views

Independence Seaport Museum After Hours Lets You Drink While Exploring the Museum with Waterfront Views

There's a new place to drink on the Delaware Waterfront - the Independence Seaport Museum has opened a new bar...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jul 24, 2019
Using Peas to Make Gin Might Lead to More Environmentally Friendly Spirits, Studies Show

Using Peas to Make Gin Might Lead to More Environmentally Friendly Spirits, Studies Show

Scientists may have discovered a more environmentally friendly way to make one of the world's most popular spi...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 23, 2019
Behind the Bar: Kevin Castro-Villalba of Parc

Behind the Bar: Kevin Castro-Villalba of Parc

This time on Behind the Bar, we talked to Kevin Castro-Villalba of Parc, Stephen Starr's perpetually busy Parisian bistro right on Rittenhouse Square....read more ›

by Drink Philly Jul 16, 2019
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close