Making George Washington's Special Eggnog

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Yes, it's Christmas Eve. But it's also National Eggnog Day! We recently made George Washington's eggnog in our New York office. If you want to make a patriotic holiday alcoholic treat in your office, follow Ethan's lead.

A few words on Washington's nog recipe

Kitchen records from Mount Vernon indicate that George Washington served an eggnog-like drink to visitors, and since the general wasn’t strapped for cash, he didn’t skimp on the sauce. Washington’s potent recipe included three different types of booze: rye whiskey, rum, and sherry. Nobody could tell a lie after having a few cups of that.

Not everyone had Washington’s funds, though. A thorough look at historical recipes reveals that for most tipplers, the type of booze they snuck into their nog didn’t really matter as long as there was something to give it a little kick. In addition to rum, ale, whiskey, and wines, an 1879 collection of recipes from Virginia housewives features a recipe that calls for 12 eggs, eight wine-glassfuls of brandy, and four wine-glassfuls of wine. Another calls for three dozen eggs, half a gallon of domestic brandy, and another half-pint of French brandy. Something’s telling us these shindigs got a little wild.

(Wishing you and yours a Happy National Eggnog Day.)

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