Eggnog (Eudora Welty)

  • Base Spirit Whiskey
  • Preparation The Others
  • Flavor Christmas
  • Served Cold

Charles Dickens is synonymous with Christmas due to his seminal tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s yule-time redemption. So, it is not surprising that his eggnog recipe is frequently reprinted.

What is surprising is that Dickens’ recipe was likely not his own, but the family formula from literary legend Eudora Welty. The earliest appearance of the Dickens specs are actually a note from Welty’s mother Chestina, a fanatical fan of the Victorian author.

Eudora Welty explored the drink’s provenance in a later life remembrance, writing.

In our house while I was growing up, I don’t remember that hard liquor was served at all except on one day in the year. Early on Christmas morning, we woke up to the sound of the eggbeater: Mother in the kitchen was whipping up eggnog. All in our bathrobes, we began our Christmas before breakfast. Throughout the day Mother made batches afresh. All our callers expected her eggnog.

It was ladled from the punch bowl into punch cups and silver goblets, and had to be eaten with a spoon. It stood up in peaks. It was rich, creamy and strong. Mother gave full credit for the recipe to Charles Dickens.

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Eggnog (Eudora Welty)
  1. When well blended, add 6 whipped egg whites. (I forget which is correctly added first, cream or egg whites.) [sic]
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