Traditionally my family drinks Egg Nog heavily laced with a dark spiced rum. While this has a lot of sentimental value to me, it’s not exactly subtle or sophisticated. This recipe is a little less sweet and heavy handed and a bit more complex and unexpected. I loosely based this off of a Tom and Jerry, never heard of it? Me, either. You can find the recipe in Meehan’s Bartender Manual if you’re curious.
Now that I live in Urban California I find myself really missing the snowy pine trees and logs on the fire that used to mean Christmas time when I was a kid growing up in Canada. This recipe is a little bit reminiscent of the smells and tastes of that time. I used a very specific Rhum that lends a woodsy flavor and a slightly smoky Mezcal in this recipe giving the Egg Nog a hint of campfire. Easy to pour, easy to drink, just sit back and pretend you’re relaxing by the fire… and that you’ve finished your Christmas shopping.
8oz. Egg Nog
.75oz. El Silencio Mezcal
.75oz. Yehmon Rhum Evolution 2013
3-4 dashes Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters
Combine in a low ball glass, stir and enjoy.