I consider myself a pretty adventurous eater. I’m willing to try most things and enjoy them equally. But for whatever reason, I can’t get behind eggnog. I don’t think it’s the raw egg part. Who knows what’s really in that supermarket eggnog, but the real stuff, in case you hadn’t guessed, has egg whites. I can deal with that. I eat home made mayo and make Caesar dressing. I really can’t pin the exact reason, there’s just something about the stuff that creeps me out.
Whether I like it or not, eggnog is pretty synonymous with Christmas. Almost as much as Christmas cookies are. I’d like to say cookies are what children think of and eggnog is the more adult version, but I know PLENTY of adults who’d rather go for the plate of cookies rather than a glass of eggnog. You know who you are…
But what if eggnog wasn’t eggnog? What if it was a classy bar drink that everyone who’s everyone drank. Think about it, you might not like a Manhattan, but think Mad Men era and it was the classy thing to do. So maybe eggnog or eggnot is the new drink of our time.
Now I wasn’t brave enough to go out and test eggnog or eggnot recipes. Like I said, I’m willing to try most things. Perhaps next year. But you know what? I didn’t have to. The New York Times went out there and did it for me. They have a video series called The Tipsy Diaries (HOW did I not know about this???). Anyway, they went out and tested eggnog recipes in a feature Experimenting with Eggnog and came back with an eggnot that I might actually drink. Next Christmas of course.
The Bah Humbug (Jimmy in Manhattan)
- Freshly ground nutmeg
- 1oz Flor de Cana Rum
- 1oz Tuaca Vanilla Liqueur
- 2 Bar spoons of Grand Marnier
- 1 Bar spoon of Velvet Falernum Liqueur
- 1 Bar spoon Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur
- 3-4 dashes Orange Bitters
- Lightly sweetened cinnamon ice cube
Shave nutmeg directly into glass. Add all liqueurs. Stir and strain over old fashion glass with a cinnamon ice cube. Sip and think of Christmas.
NOTE: I tried to get the ratios right from the video, but if you’re in New York, might as well head over to Jimmy and sample the real thing!
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