George Washington's Christmas Eggnog

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Here is a recipe from our first President, in the exact words they were written by George Washington himself.

This was one of his favorite concoctions for celebrating Christmas at Mount Vernon. You'll notice he pinpointed the exact amount of brandy, whiskey, rum and sherry to be used—but failed to include the number of eggs. So for that part, you'll just have to wing it. . .

"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."

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Sounds very satisfying will

By Mike Trapp

Sounds very satisfying will try later

I hope you have a "designated

By Irene47

I hope you have a "designated driver" when you leave the home where this is served!

As a historian I have been amazed at the quantity of spirits used in our early forebearers recipes - especially since most were abstainers or drank "carefully". True, the alcohol burns off, but not in eggnog! Christmas parties at Mt. Vernone, Gunstan Hall, Montecello, Montpelier, etc. must have been ... interesting!

I want to take some closer

By lunette de soleil

I want to take some closer examine some of the memorabilia!

That is amazing. As I sip on

By Holly Zahoor

That is amazing. As I sip on my own glass of eggnog I feel very connected to all the generations that came before...

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