Sunday, January 7, 2018

the clan mcgregor egg nog

1/2 pony Cognac (1/2 oz Courvoisier VS)
2 pony Dry Sherry (2 oz Lustau Amontillado)
1/4 pony Carta de Oro Bacardi (1/4 oz Privateer Navy Yard Rum)
1 tsp Sugar (1/4 oz Simple Syrup)
1 Egg Yolk
8 oz Milk

Shake with ice, strain into a 12 oz glass (2 single old fashioned glasses), and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

On Christmas Eve, I was in the mood for egg nog, so I looked to my cocktail book library for an answer. When I peered into Charles H. Baker Jr.'s The Gentleman's Companion, there was a single nog recipe, the Clan McGregor Egg Nogg, that he described as a mild egg nog recipe from Scotland that had never previously been recorded in print. The combination of brandy, rum, and sherry reminded me of a rye-less George Washington's Egg Nog except flipped to be more sherry- and less spirits-forward.
The Clan McGregor Egg Nogg greeted the senses with a cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Next, a creamy sip shared a grape undertone, and the swallow offered a nutty sherry flavor with a dry finish. Here, the rum and Cognac provided a backbone without dominating the flavor profile.

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