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The Mount Vernon Eggnog

I know its March, and the time of year for Eggnog is a long way off yet, but it’s never too early in the year to have rum, or rum based drinks! Most of us know that Eggnog is made with either brandy, bourbon or rum. However, there is a famous recipe that the first president of the United States of America, George Washington, used. The recipe was saved from Mount Vernon’s kitchen records. The fact that George Washington was the president meant he could use nothing but the best ingredients for his version and the recipe that was found was:

“One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, ½ pint rye whiskey, ½ pint Jamaica rum, ¼ 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.”

Jamaica has a vast number of rums available in the market today, but which was most likely at the time? Well we at Rumcask feel that it would have most likely been an over proof white rum seeing as it was the most common rum available at that time. But what do you think?

As you can see from the recipe, the particular amounts of each liquor and almost every ingredient are mentioned, except for the number of eggs. As a result we may never know the exact recipe but it gives you plenty of chances to experiment!