George Washington's Eggnog Recipe Had A Shocking Amount Of Booze

What would Christmastime be without eggnog? There is something about the creamy deliciousness of this festive Christmas drink that sets the senses ablaze. Much like fashion has done over the years, the recipe for eggnog has evolved quite a bit. According to the kitchn, a simple at-home recipe only requires six large eggs, one cup of granulated sugar, two cups of milk, one cup of heavy cream, and a half-cup to one-and-a-half-cups of your choice of bourbon, rum, or cognac. Once it has set and is ready to serve, you can top it with some grated nutmeg.

The Spruce Eats notes that the tradition of making eggnog began in the 13th century with a drink made by British monks, called posset — a warm ale punch with figs and eggs. Some time later, it made its jump to the New World, where folks began to make their own versions of eggnog, as simple or as alcohol-laden as they liked. But the most notable recipe award must go to George Washington, first President of the United States, for creating an eggnog that is as legendary as he was.

Washington's recipe called for four types of alcohol

Not only does the recipe call for quite a bit of alcohol, but it also takes a bit of time to make, according to Business Insider. Reportedly, Washington and his wife Martha were known to throw great parties, and their take on this Christmas classic was incredibly well-liked among their close friends and family. (When you see the recipe, you'll understand why.) Their version is said to have been made about five days prior to serving, and was good for about a month. Disclaimer: This eggnog is mighty strong, so drink responsibly.

To make this presidential eggnog at home, you will need to beat 12 egg yolks, beat 12 egg whites (until you've achieved fluffy white peaks), 12 tablespoons of sugar, one quart of cream, one quart of milk, half a pint of bourbon or rye whiskey, one pint of brandy, half a pint of dark rum, and one-fourth cup of sherry. The Spruce Eats reports that in his recipe, Washington makes a note that the results should be stored in a cool place and should be tasted frequently to ensure that the flavors are all there.

Normally you wouldn't need so much alcohol in an eggnog, but given that the colonies had won the Revolutionary War against the British, they probably had a lot to celebrate.