A long, long time ago I saw a recipe in Mental Floss for eggnog. George Washington eggnog. Super boozey eggnog.
What more do you need?
This year I decided to finally take the plunge and make some of my own. I don’t have any pictures- didn’t get a camera for Christmas, but is eggnog really that photogenic anyway?
No. It looks like eggnog.
After some googling, I got the recipe from the Farmers Almanac website:
“One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 pint sherry—mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.”
One problem: it doesn’t say how many eggs. I found a lot more recipes that all claim it’s a dozen. I halved it. While my family enjoys a glass of eggnog, most don’t have the nog love that I do.
Seriously, I love this stuff.
So, it was easy enough to make. I made it on the 20th with the intent to serve it on my family’s yearly drinkdwist: Christmas Eve.
After putting it all together I gave it a little taste and I was worried. It was all booze. Not that I minded, but I didn’t intend to drink this entire batch.
Well, I knew I couldn’t drink the entire batch. Whatever.
I used this as an opportunity to clear out the liquor cabinet. I used a sherry that may or may not be older than me- I think we most likely brought it home when we lived in Spain. When I was born, so…. I used Canadian Club 12 year for the rye, St. Remy for the brandy – it was between that and what I think is a Slovenian brandy. I’m guessing Slovenian? This is a really weird booze cabinet. And, finally, for the rum I used Havana Club 7 year. I know it’s bad to use a nice rum, but it’s what I had, and we have tons of it from trips to Cuba.
Now, I did some spoonfuls because, well, I follow recipes. I got progressively less worried the more it sat. Christmas Eve came, and it was a HIT. And not just because everyone was tipsy enough to sing after like, half a glass.
Though that helps!
I came home from work and had the first sip of this amazing drink… just, perfection. I’m having a glass as I write this in the interest of research.
Whatever, it’s Christmas day.
So, the first thing that hits ya is the booze. It definitely has that, “oh hey, there’s a lot of alcohol in here” feel, but the burn subsides super quickly when the eggnog goodness hits.
This stuff is, quite literally, indescribably good. If you’ve never made your own eggnog, now is the time. It’s still Christmas until January 12th, so get your ‘nog on.
As for me, I’ll be posting a bit of a Christmas haul (because I’m one of those girls…) as well as reviews for some awesome gifts- Dior brushes!!! I also bought a Beauty Blender, and I’m signing up for a bunch of subscription services- one that I’m all ready to go with, I just need photos! My bestie Alex and I also have a fun idea… and a trip might be in the works! So, keeeeeep reading 🙂
Happy (boozey, eggnoggy) Holidays Everyone!