This is Old Mr. Boston's best recipe for egg nog, circa 1941. OMB does want you to know that this eggnog is really festive - both Christmassy and Yulesy. And there is an extra 'g' in Nog, because it is extra good! And many, many extra capital letters. But there is something more, too. A strange ingredient. And that is the Baking Soda:
Christmas Yule Egg Nogg
Beat the yolks and whites of 1 Dozen Eggs separately and then pour together and add:
1 Pinch Baking Soda
6 oz. Old Mr. Boston Imported Rum
2 lbs. Granulated Sugar
and then beat into stiff lather.* Then add:
1 qt. Milk
1 qt. Sweet Cream
2 qts. Old Mr. Boston Rye or Bourbon Whiskey and stir. Set in refrigerator overnight. Before serving, stir again, and serve in 4 oz. Punch glasses, and grate Nutmeg on top.
OK, so what is with the Baking Soda? I have been checking recipes for egg nog - well, not all day. Actually, I've been dragging around shopping for all sorts of stupid little things that we seem to need...but I did check some recipes. And none of them call for baking soda. Unless it is an eggnog cake. But this is not cake, Old Mr. Boston!
But OMB does not stop at Baking Soda! He is an egg nog innovator! Behold the wonder of his cider- infused nog:
Cider Egg Nogg
1 Teaspoon Powdered Sugar
1/4 pt. Milk
Shake well with cracked Ice and strain into 12 oz. Tom Collins glass. Then fill glass with Sweet Cider. Grate Nutmeg on top.
Has anyone seen anything like this in a recipe? Mixing eggnog with things like cider or baking soda? Why would you do this? What is the point? Cider and eggnog belong in separate glasses. And baking soda is for - well, for baking. Hence the name.
The Borden's Eggnog picture is from the 1970s; the punch bowl picture is from a 1960s ad (I can be more specific if you really want to go find them). Now, Borden's ads are a whole 'nother kettle of eggnog - starring Elsie the Cow and her rageball husband. Talk about dysfunctional bovines! We'll look in on them in another post. Because there are some hilarious Christmas ads starring Elsie et al from the 1950s. Coming up soon, so stay tuned!
*Yeah, um...whatever. That's kind of a strange cooking direction. though.