What is Gogol-Mogol?
Gogol-Mogol- is an egg-based mixture, it comes in numerous forms with all kinds of ingredients. Common to most recipes is egg yolks whipped stiff with sugar. other options include egg white, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, honey, citrus rind, rum or cognac, juices. It helps smooth and soothe a singer’s sore throat; a Gogol-Mogol could be just what the doctor ordered on a cold winter’s day.
A legend says that once upon a time there lived a cantor by the name of Gogel. He sang in a synagogue choir in a town of Mogilev that was in Russia. One day cantor Gogel caught a cold and lost his beautiful voice and subsequently lost his job. Whatever he tried to do to recover his voice, nothing helped. Then finally somebody was successful in having him try an old remedy- raw eggs mixed with wine. Cantor Gogel apparently had a sweet tooth, as he also mixed eggs with sugar. The remedy helped. It got the name Gogol-Mogol.
This is one of the versions of how this remedy came into reality. It was modified hundreds of times and almost every family in Russia uses it in their own way. In my family it came from Ukraine, from my Jewish Grandma. When I had a sore throat, or chills, or a harsh voice, my mother used to make me Gogol-Mogol. It always helped. I used to make the same recipe for my son. He asked me himself to make it for him when he didn’t feel well.
This is how we make it
- In a cup beat one raw egg (or just an egg yolk if you don’t like egg whites) with a teaspoon full of honey.
- Mix vigorously until it’s blended as a foam.
- In a separate cup heat half cup of milk with a tablespoon of unsalted butter. Butter should melt completely. Milk should be very hot, but not burning.
- Pore milk and butter mixture into a cup with bitten egg and honey, mixing it fast while you pore.
- Drink, while it is hot, by small gulps. You’ll feel how the healing heat is spreading inside you.
- Go to bed and in the morning you’ll feel healthy, or at least much better.
When you have bad cough, mix into Gogol-Mogol a little bit of Baking soda. For “big children”: together with egg and honey you may beat a tablespoon of rum or cognac.
The drink is pretty nutritious, so you may use it instead of a meal. You may substitute plain milk with chocolate milk, if you like.
When I gave Gogol-Mogol to my American friend when he had a cough, he told me that it reminded him of Eggnog. It really does. So, if you don’t like Eggnog, probably you won’t like healthy Gogol-Mogol.
Some other versions of Gogol-Mogol (not as a remedy, but just as a drink)
1. Beat one egg yolk and two teaspoons of sugar till it’s white. Add half a cup of lemon or orange juice (actually, any juice will go- berry, pomegranate, raspberry). Add half a cup of milk. Separately, beat egg white until it turns into foam and add it to the mixture. Mix well until it becomes proportional.
2. Beat one egg, add one tablespoon of any wine, and mix together. Add ¾ cup of milk. Sift.
3. Thoroughly beat two egg yolks, add a little salt, 3 tablespoons of sugar and ½ cup of raspberry or berry juice. Mix well and add 2 cups of cold milk and ½ cup of cold water. Beat egg whites until they become a thick foam and pore milk mixture into the beaten egg whites. Mix thoroughly and pore into tall glasses.
Nowadays the name Gogol-Mogol is very popular in Russia. There are restaurants, cafes and bars called “Gogol-Mogol”, alcohol drinks called “Gogol-Mogol”, deserts and milkshakes of this name.
But for me it is nothing but a Grandma’s remedy for a cold, cough and sore throat, as my mother was making it for me, as I make it for my son.
Dianamarie on May 25, 2018:
I have loved reading all the comments in this hub about Gogol Mogol.
I found a book today that mentions a cat mixing a Gogol Mogol and so I looked it up on Google not ever hearing about before and one of the choices was posted on my birthday last year so I chose that one to read. I was about a singer with a beautiful voice who lost it through an illness and no other remedy had helped. He tried Gogol Mogol and his beautiful voice returned.
I too used to sing and lost my ability for an unknown reason. This book has the title Yan and the Christmas Tree. My late husband was called Yan and we planted a Christmas tree and that was the only reason why I picked up the book.
I am going to try Gogol Mogol with Manuka honey in the hope that all these universal 'coincidences ' bring back my voice to me.
Thank you to everyone for the wonderful exchanges between different people from different countries in this thread. It's lifted my spirits and will keep me smiling with my memory of it.
Alisa on March 23, 2013:
wow thank you so much for the recipe!! you know, when I read this recipe, I'm *half* lucky... I have sore throat, so I quickly made the Gogol-Mogol. And you're right, my cough went better than previous morning!!
but when I asked my mom and dad, they said that recipe was really like our traditional drink too in Indonesia. We called it "STM" which means "Susu Telur Madu" = "Milk-Egg-Honey" and the prepare were really match...
anyway, because of this, now I like Gogol-Mogol a.k.an egg milk because before that, I hate the putrid of egg :)
Kseniya on February 28, 2011:
I eat gogol mogol just with eggs and and salt, I think it tastes better with salt rather than with sugar ))
ReuVera (author) from USA on December 17, 2010:
Tanechka, thank you for your comment. Just recently I felt like I am getting cold, so I made Gogol-Mogol (and this time with good shot of Brandy). Next day I got up healthy. It is very important to drink Gogol-Mogol while symptoms are still weak.
But frankly, I like Gogol-Mogol just as a drink, not necessarily as a remedy!
Tanechka Mihailova on December 16, 2010:
I love this drink/desert, it is such a treat!! nice website too. GOgol'-mogol' is my favorite and it just feels so right on the stomach and spirit, when I was a little girl we always made it by hand just whisking, and now I am so glad it tastes so much better with a mixer and it makes it easier too especially if you have a flu. making it with cream and nuts is cool too.
ReuVera (author) from USA on November 25, 2010:
Ghost, though Gogol-Mogol is my Jewish Grandma's recipe, but originally it is from Russia/Ukraine. I have some hubs about Jewish Holidays and about Israel- check them out, maybe you'll find something to surprise Pam.
Ghost32 on November 24, 2010:
I'll have to read this one to Pam (my wife). She's half Jewish, and her Dad (fullblood Jew) hid her heritage from her...until an aunt informed her about her ancestry when she was 21 years of age. But she learned fast after that!
I'll have to ask her if she knows about Gogol-Mogol. If she doesn't, it'll be fun--because it's not often I know something from Jewish people that she doesn't ALREADY know.
Alexander on November 05, 2010:
In St. Petersburg you can find a great place for travelers and backpackers -
a Gogol-Mogol Hostel
sjk6101983 from Milwaukee, WI on September 14, 2010:
This is very interesting! Does it work when you have asthma? I usually get a lot of colds during the winter because of my asthma. My grandma once told me to try what her mom used to take as an old German recipe to get me to sleep: diet Coke, rum, and lemon juice. I rather try what you have than that again - mostly as market research.
ReuVera (author) from USA on June 09, 2009:
Margarita, babushki know what to do, don't they? I like raw egg bitten with sugar (less with honey, but with honey it works better). May be this is special know-how, magical one, when it doesn't work without certain ingredient....
Margarita on June 09, 2009:
My babushka gave me this and all my friends thought it was just an excuse to drink cognac! I tried to figure out why it works, and everything makes sense (alcohol-sterilizing, honey to coat the throat) but I don't know why the raw egg is necessary...I wish it wasn't :)
ReuVera (author) from USA on May 22, 2009:
Esther, you can treat yourself with Gogol-Mogol just so. LOL. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Esther Selman on May 04, 2009:
I'm looking forward to getting a sore throat so I can try this :-)
ReuVera (author) from USA on April 09, 2009:
haha, I know this "treat" too, I mean mustard plaster. But Grandmas are meaning well for us any way, right?
Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on April 08, 2009:
You are lucky to have such a wonderful grandmother to give you such a treat for a sore throat...my grandmother used to make a mustard plaster and stick it on my chest...not nearly as nice LOL
ReuVera (author) from USA on February 16, 2009:
Thank you, guys! Stay healthy!
adrainsean on February 16, 2009:
i absloutly loved this hub.. i m convinced that been your fan shall be a great idea..thumbs up mate keep it up
Om Prakash Singh from India, Calcutta on February 16, 2009:
Hope it works for me too but I have to wait till I get a cold :)
Well nice hub. I like this kind of Hub that teaches people to use natural things and cure the problems themselves. I will be following your hubs
Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on December 10, 2008:
I tried used Gogol-Mogol when I got cold. It is working all the time.
Vladimir Uhri, MD.