Aside from being a world-class general and the first American President, George Washington was also an excellent brewer, distiller, mixologist and drinker. It is rumored that while in office, he spent seven percent of his annual income on alcohol. One of his most famous cocktail creations is this Eggnog. Made with four different spirits, milk, eggs and heavy cream, it is not for the faint of heart or, more appropriately, liver. It also requires some forethought as the nog needs to sit for several days before serving.
George Washington’s Eggnog
All the brown spirits
2 cups Brandy
1 Cup rye whiskey
4 oz Lustau East India sherry
4 oz rum
12 eggs, separated
.75 Cup sugar
4 cups milk
4 cups heavy cream
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
- Combine all of the spirits in a pitcher and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until thickened, then beat in the sugar. Gradually add the liquor, then the milk and finally the cream while continuously whipping the mixture.
- In chilled metal bowl, whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
- Fold the whipped egg whites into the creamy yolk-and-booze mixture.
- Cover and refrigerate for several days (at least five) before serving.
- To serve, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and ladle into punch glasses.