Drink To The Darkest Day


This is possibly my favorite day of the year, the darkest day.  The shortest day, the longest night, and after this, we’re on the road to spring.  Although we won’t notice it for weeks, the days will now be getting inexorably longer, the mornings of getting up in the dark, putting on my warmest clothes, and turning on the heat even before feeding the cats and making coffee, will be coming to an end.

But before that, there will be holidays, and fires, candles, presents, and….. egg nog.  While there’s nothing to prevent us from drinking egg nog in the heat of summer, when in fact it might be refreshing, it’s inextricably tied with bright holiday ribbons to this short span of the year.  And so I say let there be egg nog in your life, and if I do say so myself, let it be this particular egg nog.

And now for the obligatory health warning: because this uses raw eggs, use the best and freshest eggs possible.   Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I need to include the note I made to myself the last time I made this recipe, which reads, in the unexpurgated version: “Drink in moderation.  This is so delicious that you’re flat on your butt before you know it.” 

Abra’s Dangerously Delicious Egg Nog

1 dozen eggs, separated
1 quart heavy cream
1 quart whole milk, or less to taste
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup rum
3/4 cup brandy
lots of fresh nutmeg

In a very large bowl, blend together the egg yolks, half of the milk, sugar, rum, brandy, and nutmeg and let rest in the fridge for 2-3 hours.  Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the yolk mixture.  Beat the cream to soft peaks and fold in.  Add some or all of the remaining milk, to adjust the egg nog to the consistency you prefer.  Serve with a grating of nutmeg on each glass.  If you serve this on Christmas Eve be sure to make plenty, as the leftovers go perfectly with Christmas morning festivities.

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7 Comments on “Drink To The Darkest Day”

  1. Ray Says:

    Yes, it’s comforting to hear you say: “We’re on the road to spring”….kind of hard to fully believe it whilst underneath about 6” of snowy frosting here in PNW. Thanks again, Abra for your ‘stuff’.

  2. Char Says:

    I’ll drink t that!

    Abra, I just measured the snow on the back deck rail and it’s just over 5 1/2 inches…total accumulation over the past few days.

    If you remember our ‘yard’ it now resembles the best of Currier and Ives. My heart goes out to anyone having to tackle the roads but we’re staying in and systematically eating everything in the fridge, pantry and freezer. Makes for some “interesting” meals…LOL

    Big hug to both of you!


  3. Eden Says:

    Sounds lovely. My family recipe has a little more sugar & a little less egg, but about the same ratio of alcohol, so I always give the same warnings :->

    Sending you warm solstice wishes from snowy Seattle!

  4. Char Says:

    Edit my post to: We’ve got a total of 11 inches of snow! (I was measuring in the wrong place)

  5. Della Says:

    Recipe sounds wonderful! I’ll have to try it. Greg and I send love and holiday wishes to you and Shel. xoxoxoxoxo

  6. Wendy Miller Says:

    sounds great Abra, it is similar to Dayne’s only he uses 1 pint of cognac and 1/2 pint of dark rum along with his homemade pimento dram. We drank a bunch of it this year!

  7. Abra Bennett Says:

    Wow, what is pimento dram? It sounds enticing.

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