This holiday season I am tasked with making the perfect winter cocktail. Nothing says holidays more than a creamy glass of eggnog. Whether you choose the store-bought pre-made stuff, or prefer to make a homemade version, I have some ideas for you.
Other than the eggnog in a carton recipe, which is simple (buy eggnog, then add booze of choice), there are two recipes that I’ve used for homemade eggnog. One is a bit more labor intensive than the other, but for a holiday party, the detailed one is probably the way to go. The other is a quick version that is more bar and restaurant friendly. Having worked in the bar/restaurant industry for most of my life, I’ve made the quickie version many more times, as we have time constraints. But when in the comfort of one’s own home, where time is not a factor, this is the recipe I would choose.
Choice of alcohol also is a question with eggnog. I’ve seen many things used in eggnog. Some of the more traditional ingredients are brandy, dark rum, or bourbon. As I state in most of my cocktail recipes, taste should be the most important factor when choosing your ingredients. I’ve seen things like Southern Comfort and spiced rum also used in eggnogs. Choose what you prefer. For this recipe, I prefer bourbon.
The quick eggnog recipe requires combining milk, bourbon, an egg yolk, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake the contents vigorously then strain. Rather simple. Following is my favorite detailed eggnog recipe. (This recipe contains raw egg yolks. Always use fresh, well refrigerated eggs)
Eggnog (6-8 cups)
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1 pint of milk
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 3-4 ounces of bourbon
- 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon or nutmeg
- 4 egg whites
Beat egg yolks in a bowl. Gradually add sugar until completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon, and cinnamon or nutmeg . Stir ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites while adding an additional tablespoon of sugar until they form stiff peaks. Stir the egg whites into other mixture. Chill and serve in a punch bowl or bottle. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated cinnamon or nutmeg.