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Eggnog is a staple of one of the most successful DIY cultures in recent memory. While their brothers and sisters suffered in Europe, working and producing for the landed gentry, the Americans, in the colonies, could own their own cows, chickens and the fruits of their fields. To sell these products and to ease transport, they could be mixed before transit. Eggs, milk, cream, and distilled rye (the latter, as a preservative, could avoid the crown's tax man - the stronger the brew, the less the alcohol was taxed.) It is truly an egalitarian drink. What follows is a traditional colonial Nogg recipe, simple and strong. That having been said, you're going to want to make this at least a couple days before you drink it so it has time to become much smoother.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 dozen eggs
  • 1 quart cream
  • 1 pint milk (or half-and-half for a thicker nog)
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 cups rye whiskey
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • whole nutmegs
  • cinnamon
  • cardamon

Materials:

  • nutmeg grater
  • whisk
  • mixing bowl (a 64 oz Pyrex is perfect)
  • jug to hold the finished product
 
 
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Step 1: The nonalcoholic ingredients

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You'll need to mix the half-and-half with the cream, eggs and molasses first; if the dairy stuff is mixed directly with the alcohol it'll curdle.

Whip the eggs. Then add the cream, half-and-half, and the molasses and whip it again. This should be about 8 cups in total. Pour this into the jug and set it aside.

Step 2: The Good Stuff

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Put all the alcohol in the mixing bowl. Grind in half a nutmeg, add a dash of cinnamon, and a dash of cardamom. Mix it up and pour it all in the jug you set aside before.
curtisbeef5 years ago
*Throws up in mouth* Nice instructable though
beetlewoman5 years ago
Does it really need to fermet? Seems it has enough alcohol already! :P
It does not really ferment more but it does get a lot smoother. Substitute 1 cup cane sugar for the molasses for a sweeter but less traditional nogg. Egg-nog was made in order to preserve milk and eggs in the days long before refrigeration; therefore, bona fide egg-nog has alcohol in it. In Great Britain, the wealthy owned the farms and common folk had little chance to keep egg-nog for themselves. In the colonies, farms were small, family owned and independent. Surplus produce was moved quickly to towns for sale. Alcohol was easier to move (and more profitable) than field crops and so often the crops were distilled into liquor for transport. Egg-nog symbolized the freedom of America and its bountiful and egalitarian harvests - there were no lords or their manors in the path from soil to citizen. Many egg-nog traditions evolved during the 17 and 1800's. In Baltimore, New Years day was spent walking to neighbors' and family's houses to share a batch of egg-nog. Start your own American tradition.
jnixon5 years ago
Very good.
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