I would hope that quote would reverberate among all out there, but I fear the Black Friday madness has become epidemic. You know, in America from 1659 to 1681 Christmas was illegal, and it was so inconsequential, according to my research, that, after the Revolutionary War, Congress held its opening session on Christmas Day. Now, it is hard to get them to work on any day! But, I digress...still the puritanical minds that banned Christmas gave us eggnog! Here is a vintage eggnog set...you see these and the Tom & Jerry sets often this time of the year. Made by Hazel Atlas in the early 50s, they are truly reminiscent of times gone by.
Medieval Britain drank “posset,” a hot, milky, ale-like drink. Before eggnog, it was fairly common to mix milk with wine and other alcohol to make various forms of milk punches. By the 13th century, monks were known to drink a posset with eggs and figs. Milk, eggs, and sherry were foods of the wealthy, so eggnog was often used in toasts to prosperity and good health. I am always amazed when researching history how much was designed only for the wealthy.
I found George Washington's recipe, but he forgot to put how many eggs...he did not forget the booze though! It is estimated that a dozen eggs was probably the number...
One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 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.
Love that recipe...just let it sit in a cool place...no problem with bacteria! Now the US is paranoid over raw egg products, and they are banned due to health concerns, so the FDA limits the egg yolk solids in eggnog to less than 1%. I think sugar wins the ingredient medal!
“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”