White House Eggnog

December 21, 2016
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

There are a lot of White House eggnog recipes out there—from the batch made with commercial eggnog mix during JFK's presidency to Reagan's favorite, made with half and half and equal parts bourbon, rum, and brandy. The general consensus among all of them? The presidential eggnog is mighty strong—so drink it carefully and in moderation (and, maybe, to forget, at least for a moment, 2016).

This version, which comes to use from America's Table via Cup of Jo. —Food52

  • Serves 12 (makes 2 quarts)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup rum
  • 1/2 pint whipped cream, for garnish
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
  • 1 pint eggnog ice cream, optional
In This Recipe
  1. Place sugar, vanilla and egg yolks in a blender. Blend well, then add half and half.
  2. Add bourbon, brandy, and rum. Stir until well mixed, then pour into serving bowl. Whip cream and pile on top of eggnog. Dust the top with nutmeg and serve.
  3. To enrich the flavors (and make the nog even stronger-tasting), make it a few days in advance and keep it in the fridge to age. You can also serve the nog over a pint of eggnog ice cream, which will melt into the drink as it’s served.

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