Holiday Signature Drinks from The Mackey House

The Mackey family has two very special holiday signature drinks: Wasail is a type of mulled wine. We also serve traditional eggnog, made from scratch, eggnog. We wanted to share these cherished cocktails with you. Waissel (which is a type of mulled wine and real old fashioned eggnog.

Homemade Eggnog

Homemade eggnog is well worth the effort.

  • 12 eggs
  • 12 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of rum
  • 2/3 cups of bourbon
  • 1 pint of whipping cream

Separate eggs. Beat egg yolks until light. Add bourbon and rum a tablespoon at a time, while continuing to beat. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight. The next day, beat egg whites, add sugar gradually and continue beating. Whip the cream and fold it into the egg yolk mixture. Then fold in the egg white mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve it with a sprinkle of nutmeg.


Waissel is traditionally served at Christmas. It’s a wonderful 18th-century elixir to be used in moderation!

Make sugar syrup by boiling the following for 5 minutes

  • 1/2 – 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 1/2 cup of water

Combine sugar syrup with

  • 2 cups of pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of dry sherry
  • 6 cups of red claret wine

Simmer on low heat until warm. Do not boil! Garnish with lemon slices.

Note: If doubling the recipe, use 1 cup of sugar. Do not double the syrup.

Our cherished recipes lovingly handed down from one generation to the next.