The Uncle’s Eggnog
When Robert’s Uncle Phillip died, his dad gave him an envelope of family pictures that Uncle Phillip had. The eggnog recipe was in the envelope so presumably it was part of Uncle Phillip’s things. Uncle Phillip and Uncle Jerry had lived together for some years before Uncle Jerry died so we call it The Uncle’s Eggnog. We really don’t know where it came from or how they used it. I cut it down to a household size that makes about two quarts before you add in the eggwhites. After adding in the eggwhites it makes about 3 quarts, but if it sits in the refrigerator for a time before you give it away to friends the eggs will deflate and you can use the third quart to make the first two quart jars full again.
This recipe came from a story Robert heard on NPR in 2009 about making Syllabub at Colonial Williamsburg. We made this over the holiday season and were enchanted. It is pretty magical how it turns out. I highly recommend this for dessert on New Year’s Eve. If you wanted to bring a gift of syllabub you could make it in some glasses that you would give to the recipient filled with the finished dessert. Here are three different recipe versions from the Colonial Williamsburg website.
The key is a 2:1 ratio of bourbon to vermouth. Another key part of this recipe is to keep the whiskey in the freezer so it doesn’t get diluted by ice when mixing! Robert also keeps the glasses chilled when he is planning to make Manhattans. Podie taught him to use Maker’s Mark, but he also uses Bulleit Bourbon to make them. The cherries that Robert uses are Tillen Farms Bada Bing cherries.
Tree Trimming Drink for Kids of All Ages
When I was a child, our family tradition for tree decorating was a punchbowl full of 7-Up and lime sherbet. Robert and I continued this tradition for years but it became more and more difficult to find lime sherbet. And, let’s be honest, we found other drinks! But if you can find the sherbet, or if you want to make your own lime sherbet, put it into a punchbowl and pour cold 7-Up over the top. It’s pretty and festive and makes an occasion out of tree decorating!
Thank you, Robert, for joining me for this bonus episode!
Thank you all for the reviews on Apple Podcasts! It’s so nice to hear from you! Marsha and I will be back next week for a regular episode.