Baltimore Eggnog

Friday, December 17, 2010

I've long encouraged you to whip up drinks with uncooked egg, and a traditional holiday eggnog provides those of you who have resisted with the perfect opportunity. Use the freshest eggs you can find from your local farmers market or organic grocer, and while you're there, you can pick up clementines for your Christmas stockings!

I chose this recipe for Baltimore Eggnog from Gourmet; first published in a Baltimore cookbook in the 1940's, this nog has a potent combination of brandy and rum for what is sure to be a merrier holiday!


Baltimore Eggnog

2 dozen eggs
1 bottle (4/5 of a quart) of brandy
1 pint of dark rum
2 pounds of confectioner's sugar
3 quarts of whole milk
1 quart of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of salt.

Beat 24 egg yolks until light and lemon-colored. Slowly add brandy, rum, sugar, whole milk, heavy cream and salt to the yolks. Beat 24 egg whites until stiff with 3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, then fold into yolks.


With a drink this rich, you don't have to bring out your very best bottle of brandy; John recommends Osocalis Alambic brandy and our favorite Barbancourt rhum in this delicious cocktail. Just like farm fresh eggs, using cream-top whole milk and lightly pasteurized heavy cream will make a world of difference!


Photo by Romulo Yanes for Gourmet.

26 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I was just thinking I need a recipe for eggnog to take to our friends home next week. They have never had eggnog and I am so excited to make it. I just bookmarked this! Thanks so so so much!!!
    xx

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  2. Ana, what a wonderful coincidence! I know it will be a fantastic success-we were all as giddy as elves after drinking it!

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  3. i love eggnong and have had so much since i got here... have a fantastic weekend!

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  4. i must make this...my list is getting longer & longer by the minute!

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  5. I love eggnog! I don't know that I've ever had the real thing. Raw eggs don't make me nervous so I'll have to give it a try.

    Happy weekend!

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  6. I was just in need of an egg nog recipe to take with us to the zoolights tonight - thank you!!
    Happy Weekend!

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  7. ooo ive always wanted to try eggnogg

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  8. I've always loved eggnog too!! Maybe a ggod chance for me to ty it! Thanks lovely!
    Laura@RicevereconStile

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  9. As a native Marylander, I applaud your choice of recipe! As ever, this post makes me thirsty! Great minds think alike, though -- did you see my post today? ;) Hope your weekend is merry!

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  10. oh yum- I love drinking egg nog- and it sounds more appealing homemade- but i've never made it-
    thanks-

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  11. I just tried eggnog for the first time last weekend and was surprised at how good it tastes. I drank the store bought kind so I might be trying this recipe out soon...

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  12. I love "zabaione"!
    Thak you for recipe!

    Chiara

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  13. i've never tried eggnog before! i just can't over the raw egg factor - i'm such a baby!

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  14. Be very careful when it comes to uncooked eggs. 30% of the egg stock in the market is contaminated with salmonella. Raw from the farmer only. Not from the store, not any store, not even Whole foods. (or whatever the version is in your neighborhood.) I have watched many Caesar salad fans spend the evening in the bathroom. Now I make this dressing with a coddled egg. Some people say that the alcohol in the drink kills the bacteria. Maybe it does. In this case you need to use all the booze and hold onto your hat! Why would you make it without all the booze anyway?

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  15. My mother makes an excellent point, and a compelling argument to visit a farmers market or organic chicken farm. But try not to scare 'em!

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  16. I don't drink alcohol but I love a good egg nog. I just bought chocolate egg nog from Trader Joe's!

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  18. i would be terrified (for no reason, apparently) to mix in real eggs...but you're definitely right. if this isn't the perfect chance to try it, i'm not sure what is! i'm diving in!

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  19. I have never tasted eggnog! It is not a tradition in Norway but I read about you Amerikans drinking it every year so it still reminds me of Christmas :)

    Have a lovely weekend Lena!

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  21. I used to love the nog! But recently I bought some (came upon this post too late!) and it didnt taste like I remembered, in fact it made me feel a little ill :(

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  22. This is the recipe my Baltimore-based family has used for many generations. We have some written notes from my grandfather (d. 1954) about this version.

    I made it twice in the last week, no worries about the eggs, and both times, every drop of it disappeared!

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  23. love it! needs a little old bay though :)

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