A delicious holiday drink that might compromise your good judgment beneath the mistletoe, that’s who. Yep, it’s that time of year again: eggnog season. And we’re not talking about that anodyne stuff in the kid-friendly carton. We mean the adult beverage with a little, ahem, kick. So what’s the best recipe to liven up your next holiday party? Well, a good Christmas sweater and a lively pair of chinos will certainly help, but a great bowl of eggnog will seal the deal. Here are just a few ideas on how to keep the jingle bells rocking at your upcoming shindig.
Here’s what you need:
1-2 cups of rum, brandy, or bourbon (pick your poison)
4 cups of milk
1 ½ cups of sugar
12 egg yolks
1 cup of heavy cream
STEP ONE: The Kick
Classic nog is usually made with rum or brandy. But bourbon can also work, or even Irish whiskey. For this 12-serving recipe, you’re going to need 1 or 2 cups, although you can add more or less depending on how “festive” you want things to get. But set it aside for now.
STEP TWO: The Creamy Goodness
Get a medium saucepan (no, not the one you cook your ramen noodles in), and whisk the milk and sugar together until all the sugar melts. In a separate large bowl, whisk the 12 egg yolks. Combine the two together in the pan slowly, whisking all the way. Once they’re well mixed, cook it on low heat for about twenty minutes. Keep stirring.
STEP THREE: The Finishing Touch
Pour the mixture into a fresh bowl, add the 1 cup of cream, and now, finally, pour in “the kick.” Once well-stirred, cover the bowl and put it into the fridge. It should be ready to drink in a couple hours. Add some grated nutmeg and get the party started.
There you have it. Get out that holiday sweater, put a log on the fire, and enjoy responsibly.