Growing up, Christmas was not Christmas without eggnog. I grew up loving this iconic Christmas drink long before I discovered the alcoholic version. Every year my mother would stock up on our favorite egg nog brand, knowing that my sister and I would drink every last drop. There's nothing like sitting down to a glass full with a side of sugar cookies.
Our favorite eggnog came in a can. It was thick and creamy with just the right amount of spice. Then one year we opened a can to find that the company had changed the recipe. It was thin, milky, with not much flavor. Where was that delicious custard flavor that I had grown up with?
I've spent most of my adult life trying to find a store bought eggnog that would live up to my childhood memories. I have yet to find one. So, being Cocktail Crafty, I decided it was time to make my own.
I've tried several recipes before crafting the one listed below. I love this recipe because of the sweet custard flavor. It's yummy enough to be enjoyed with or without the booze.
Many of the eggnog recipes I came across online and in cocktail books call for the addition of whipped egg whites either folded into the batter or resting on top. I tried both methods and to say I didn't like them would be a drastic understatement. Hubby described it as drinking a glass full of meringue. I personally didn't see any added value in incorporating the egg whites. Take my advice and save them for an omelet.
- 3 cups Whole milk
- 3 cups Heavy cream
- 2/3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 cloves
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 8 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup bourbon or spiced rum (optional)
- In a saucepan combine milk, cream, vanilla & spices.
- Bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- With a mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar until fluffy.
- To temper the eggs, whisk in 1/3 cup hot milk mixture to eggs and sugar.
- Slowly whisk in remaining milk mixture. Stir until well combined and smooth.
- Strain and stir in bourbon.
- Allow to cool. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
- Top with grated nutmeg before serving.
Let me know what you think. What's your favorite eggnog recipe?
I'm a Baltimore gal that loves her home town almost as much as a good drink. A bit of a cocktail geek that loves the classics while experimenting with my own recipes. I'm home schooled and eager to learn more about the spirited world of cocktails.