Any confusion about this being a foodie website is only by coincidence or proximity.
And, never will you find a reference to something sewing…or at least until now.
A brief article back on Page 4 in Section B of our local newspaper seemed to combine a holiday food recipe, along with some vague reference to sewing fabric. My attention was only kindled once I noticed a mention of eggnog and multiple alcoholic beverage ingredients.
I am not a huge eggnog fan.
My primary utilization of this creamy thick, off-white liquid is as a delivery system for brandy or rum.
As a coincidence, Dave Letterman joked last night, asking if eggnog wasn’t the stuff we drink the night before a colonoscopy. (If you haven’t yet experienced this wonderful cleansing ritual the night before they jam that long hose and camera up your insides from bottom to top…well, let’s just say, Dave’s joke had a taste of truth to it.)
The recipe was for something called A Yard of Flannel Eggnog. The aforementioned article started with,
“This take on eggnog combines beer and rum for a seriously spiked holiday drink.
The yard of flannel used to be a favorite among coachmen during colonial times.
Coming out of the tavern, bartenders would hand up a yard-long glass of this silky smooth (flannel-like) hot ale drink to cold coach drivers.”
I found another online reference that went on to explain,
“Flannel relies on beer, not liquor, for its punch and, in fact, that’s how the drink was initially made, noting that "nog" is an old English word for strong beer.”
“[The] recipe calls for blending hot ale with other ingredients gently (so the eggs don’t curdle) resulting in a mixture that is silky, or as "soft as flannel." Coachmen would drive up to a tavern and call for a "yard of flannel," the drink served in a long, skinny glass. Handed up to the coachman as he sat on his tall seat, it was a drink that would refresh and "warm the cockles of his heart."
I was curious how a measurement of distance—the yard—got to be connected to a beer glass. The Wiki-answer was deceivingly simple: the glass is about a yard long.
What is more interesting, is that it is said to hold 1½ liters, which is not much less than the those Costco-sized liquor bottles that you kids call a “handle.”
The yard glass full of ale is part of popular pub drinking games in England, Australia, and New Zealand. The hangovers, I assume, not as popular.
The recipe and cooking instructions:
Start to finish: 10 minutes
1 quart good ale
4 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
4 ounces Jamaica dark rum
Grated nutmeg, for garnish
In a medium saucepan over medium heat,
warm the ale to nearly boiling.
Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the eggs with the sugar.
Add the ginger and rum, then blend again.
When the ale is almost boiling, pour it slowly into the egg mixture
with the blender running.
Blend until the drink is silky.
Serve in large glasses sprinkled with nutmeg.
I decided to try to make this simple and quick recipe for myself this evening. If I had mentioned to my wife, who is a wonderful seamstress, that I would like to drink a yard of flannel, I would have expected her to gladly cram a piece of fabric in my mouth and say, “Enjoy!” Well, one of us might have.
I managed to maintain my manly, virile image while wearing an apron doing the cooking thing, which you can tell by the football game that I had on. (Yes Steve, Boise State should have been in the Rose Bowl.)
Not wanting to limit my newfound interest in holiday “cooking,” I noted the adjacent article in our paper led with, “Booze up your baking for Christmas,” along with a recipe for rum raisin cake bars. I think I may learn to love cooking, at least during this time of the year.
I will admit that my blending/pouring technique on the yard of flannel may need some more practice as I ended up with more foam than nog.
I will just have to try it again. And again. And…
Cheers, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday.