For those of you who believe that eggnog is something you should buy in the supermarket, it’s time to wake up and smell the nutmeg (you can also buy frozen dinners and spaghetti sauce in jars, but don’t confuse this with living). If you trim your own Christmas tree and wrap your own presents, you should also make you own eggnog.
The finest eggnog recipe on earth comes from my friend Merritt Rathje, a local wine and spirits broker. Supposedly, it was George Washington’s recipe as well. It’s time consuming and expensive, but worth it. In addition, don’t plan on driving anywhere after drinking several glasses of this stuff:
- 1 quart cream
- 1 quart milk
- 1 dozen eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 pint brandy or Cognac
- 1/2 pint Rye whiskey
- 1/4 pint dark rum
- 1/4 pint Sherry
Mix the liquor first.
Separate the egg whites and yolks, and add sugar to the beaten yolks; mix well.
Add the liquor mixture drop by drop at first while beating slowly; add the milk and cream and continue slowly beating everything together. Beat egg whites until stiff, and fold slowly into the mixture.
Let set in a cool place for seven days, and taste frequently.
His recipe doesn’t mention nutmeg, but if you want to be authentic, buy some fresh nutmeg and a nutmeg grater and do it right. Life is but once.