A drunk kid at the university of college one day said, “art is what separates us from animals.” That is fine and dandy if you live in a dorm and have a pony tale. But I was in a coffee shop a couple months ago and heard a grown man say it. I barfed on him to complete his college experience.
I have also heard a very smart man say, “seasonal beverage is what separates us from animals,” I thought about this as a profound statement and he continued,“ I’m going to drink a quart of eggnog tomorrow and watch that Raiders game.”
Perhaps what separates us from animals is planning our Sundays.
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 pint whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 egg whites
- 2 oz allspice dram (going to help you sell it out this month Eric)
Yes, today’s Cocktail Advent Calendar is Eggnog. Everybody’s mom can make eggnog but if I call it a pre-cocktail tradition egg libation, I sound like the smart one. Look, I know you want an eggnog, you fucking need one. And ours is homemade with fresh spices and expertly crafted. I know you can pour a shot of bourbon into your Starbucks latte*, but I think we have that beat
For the eggnog, a pre-cocktail known the whole world over (check out the Japanese Tamagozake) I have a sad X-mas song about WW1. I think everyone knows, “Christmas in the Trenches,” by John McCutcheon. If you don’t then listen on, but a lot of people don’t know it’s based on the real life impromptu Christmas day cease fires in 1914. These were unofficial and not allowed again but basically the troops on both sides went into no man’s land to drink, smoke and sing. Seems like both sides were more naturally inclined to pub life than war. There is a lesson there.
*Makes Xmas shopping easier.