Thursday, January 6, 2011

Egg Nogg

You just never know what you will find when you start digging. Eggnog in general, or "Egg Nogg" as it was often spelled, is a truly ancient drink appearing in many of the very earliest texts.

Apparently, by 1813, Eggnogg was on the "naughty" list. According to"Dr Rush" in "The Panoplist, and missionary magazine: Volume 5; Volume 8" that is.

Better stick with a "small beer"!!!

Eggnog is a class of drinks, not a specific drink. There is no one "right" recipe, there are many variations to match many tastes. Jerry had his take, which is what my original idea for this post was based upon. I decided to add a few more nineteenth century recipes as well as the edifying flowchart above.

Jerry Thomas Egg Nogg 1862

Hmm, then in 1878 we have this submission from Mr. Leo Engel...

...notice any similarities?

Leo Engle everyone. Really...really?

Still, it's a recipe worth repeating. Here I'll do it again.

Egg Nogg (Adopted from Jerry Thomas, 1862)


1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 fresh laid egg
2 ounces Cognac brandy
1 ounce White Rum
2 1/2 ounces milk

Combine the sugar and water, stir, then add the milk and egg and stir again. Add the ice and then the spirits. Shake hard for 60-90 seconds at a minimum. Strain into "Collins" glass and grate fresh nutmeg over the top. 

....It's good, try it.

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