George Washington’s Eggnog

Mark Yocca / Matthew Kelly / Supercall

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



  • 2 cups All the brown spirits
  • 1 Cup rye whiskey
  • 4 oz Lustau East India sherry
  • 4 oz rum
  • 12 eggs
  • .75 Cup sugar
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


Step one

Combine all of the spirits in a pitcher and set aside.

Step two

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.

Step three

In chilled metal bowl, whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

Step four

Fold the whipped egg whites into the creamy yolk-and-booze mixture.

Step five

Cover and refrigerate for several days (at least five) before serving.

Step six

To serve, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and ladle into punch glasses.

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