Flip Iron


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Flip Iron
Public Domain, Project Gutenberg's Stage-coach and Tavern Days, by Alice Morse Earle, Digitized Image, August 30, 2011 [EBook #37272]

The long steel rod shown in this picture is called a "flip iron" or a "loggerhead." In colonial times, this rod would have been plunged into a mug after being heated in fireplace. The mug, being filled with ale or hard cider mixed with rum or whiskey, would foam into a warm frothy brew called a "flip." This method appears to have been frequent and popular enough at Bowen's Tavern that Bowen once paid the local blacksmith to repair his apparently worn-out iron.


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