December 17, 2010

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

Those milking maids brought me some fresh heavy cream and some lovely fresh milk, so that I could whip up a batch of Baltimore Eggnog for a party this evening. nogBaltimore Eggnog’s one of those things that even people who swear they hate it, love it.  It’s got a secret ingredient that almost no one guesses. While it’s loaded with calories, and made with un-cooked eggs, you only really have it once a year, so live a little!EGGNOG2There is no comparison between store-bought and home-made eggnog. And home-made eggnog is really pretty simple to make. Here’s my Baltimore Eggnog Recipe with the super-secret ingredient. Shhh, this is just between the two of us, so don’t let the secret out.

Baltimore Eggnog

12 eggs, separated
2 cups of superfine sugar
1 pint of brandy
½ pint of light rum
½  pint of peach brandy (the secret ingredient)
3 pints of milk
1 pint of heavy cream

Beat the egg yolks and the sugar together until thick. Slowly stir in the brandy, rum, peach brandy, milk and heavy cream. Pour into a punch bowl and chill thoroughly. Beat the egg whites until just stiff and fold gently into the eggnog. Grate a little nutmeg on top and serve in 4-ounce punch cups. Make arrangements for guests to spend the night.



  1. I'm looking forward to making eggnog this Christmas, so thanks for the recipe! I have to admit that, though I'm a native Baltimorean, I didn't know we had our own special recipe... Now that I've got it, I'll be sure to give it a try next week! Thanks again for sharing and Happy Holidays!

  2. Peach brandy???? I'm not much of a peach fan so I will stick with the top secret egg nog recipe I have! I especially love the nutmeg dusting on the punch cups and all the images you've selected for this post.

  3. Egads. I am just going to be up front here and tell you I'm stealing that baby-milk-boob picture for my blog. The only way to do an authentic antique porn Christmas! WOOOOOT!

  4. I was reading this post yesterday, noting the recipe, enjoying myself immensely when suddenly something beautiful caught my eye across the aisle, I don't know how it happened so fast but I sure did make myself the owner of a Kirk Pewter Wine Coaster! I'm so excited to have given this to myself for Christmas, thank you for your always-engaging blog and your lovely Etsy shop, Meg!

  5. eggnog but have never made it...this will be the first year and I'm anxious to try it with the "secret ingredient"...thanks for the recipe.. maureen

  6. Hey Megster - made the eggnog and it's a big hit...almost gone and it's only 6PM on Christmas Eve! Thanks for the recipe, Hon! I LOVE IT!!


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