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All Drink to the Venerable Egg Nog

Jack Bettridge
Posted: December 22, 2003

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And as for the Martini: not invented until at least 1849 and probably not until the 1870s and even then not in its present form. Hardly the country's original American cocktail. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but he drinks Egg Nog. So put away that shaker and get out a punch bowl. Here's a recipe:

6 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup spirits (as noted, whiskey and brandy work, but rum is traditional, preferably a fine aged rum like Bacardi 8 or Pampero.) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 pint half and half cream 1 pint milk Nutmeg

In a large bowl, beat eggs to a froth. Add sugar and salt, continue beating. Stir in spirits, cream, vanilla and milk. Chill at least three hours (some recipes call for Egg Nog on the rocks, but our forefathers didn't have refrigerators.) Serve with a sprinkle of nutmeg.


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