Ronnybrook Farm Dairy
"The egg nog is unspiked, if that's the concern."
And with this sentence, Vodka persuades Ginger to go on our last Best Thing I Ever Ate eating spree of 2011. The irony being that she had to convince Ginger that we were NOT going to end up loaded on cheap alcoholic beverages in order to get her out of her apartment.
On the most recent SEASON'S EATINGS episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate, Alex Guarnaschelli spoke of the egg nog created by Ronnybrook Farm Dairy. The egg nog which is only offered during the month of December.
The egg nog that Vodka is hellbent on procuring this year, no matter how hectic our non-Food Network schedules.
|Vodka Can Be a Nag About the Nog|
Vodka had purchased said nog two days prior during a jaunt to Chelsea Market. In fact, she had tasted the stuff at the same time, as waiting three hours for a Stephen Sondheim event at Barnes and Noble had left her in search of a liquid cure (for the record, egg nog does not the most effective thirst quencher make).
|Kind of Like Drinking the Textural Equivalent of Elmer's Glue|
|Though Thanks for the Christmas Greetings, Ronnybrook|
|PS Apparently, Roc Only Has Room for One at Their Bar|
Vodka is, naturally, referring to the fact that she plans on asking for a shot of bourbon in order to complete our egg nog experience. After all, if Alex Guarnaschelli had recommended adding alcohol, we are not one to argue. And so, with a major hint of sheepishness, Vodka asks our waitress, "Can I also have a shot of bourbon?"
|Lunch Beverage Double-Hitter of Champions|
A few minutes later, the waitress appears with an intimidatingly deep glass of the sour brown liquid which we usually make every effort to avoid. Vodka sets it aside with a flippant, "Let's just drink our wine and worry about this problem later," and we delay the inevitable for as long as we can.
Which in this case, is approximately 20 minutes.
At that time, Vodka retrieves her egg nog from her bag and pours half of it, lickety split, into the bourbon-laden shot glass. Finding her fork to be the only appropriate stirrer, she mixes the "cocktail" to the best of her ability and takes a sip.
|Why Vodka Is Not a Bartender|
Ginger's slurp, which is even more tentative than Vodka's, confirms the fact that we are not meant to drink any hard liquor (which in our case amounts to anything that is not wine, vodka, or gin). In fact, we believe the Ronnybrook Farm Dairy egg nog, like the Stand toasted marshmallow shake, is much more pleasant in virgin form.
|Egg Nog Was Presumably Mary's Favorite Beverage|
|Look Away, Roc Waitress. Nothing to See Here|
But we are positive that we will never, ever make another request for bourbon.
Ronnybrook Farm Dairy's Egg Nog: 4 stars