Eggnog is very popular around the holidays. Some people really enjoy it, others may not, but this drink always comes around for Christmas. Personally I like eggnog and normally I add some nutmeg in it. Every year my family buys eggnog and truthfully I don't remember a year where they didn't have any in the fridge. I grew up drinking it every year. If you are someone who enjoys drinking eggnog, I have a few recipes for you to try this Christmas.
Eggnog with alcohol
These drinks are for the adults who enjoy spicing up their eggnog. If you want to be ambitious or creative, you may want to consider trying one of these drinks.
Brandy eggnog is a rich holiday treat and it's really easy to make. With these ingredients you will have a delicious drink in no time. The ingredients include:
1 ounce of Brandy
1 1/4 ounces of milk
1/2 ounce of simple syrup
1 large egg yolk
Grated nutmeg or cinnamon
Grab a cocktail shaker, combine the Brandy, milk, simple syrup, and egg yolk. Shake it without ice. Afterwards, fill the shaker with ice then shake for about 30 seconds to make sure the egg is well mixed. Take out a cocktail glass and strain it into the glass. Add a dash of grated nutmeg or cinnamon then serve and enjoy.
2. Rum Eggnog
Rum is one of the better options for liquor that most people tend to add to their eggnog because it adds a sweetness that contrasts the drink's eggy flavour. The ingredients for this drink includes:
1 large egg
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 ounce of heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon of pure almond extract
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces of rum
Separate the egg into two bowls. Take a hand mixer and beat the yolk until it's stiff. Beat the white with 1 teaspoon of sugar until peaks form. Slowly fold the white and yolk together using a spoon. In a separate bowl, beat the cream with the almond and vanilla extracts and the remaining teaspoon of sugar until it becomes stiff. Slowly fold the cream into the egg mixture then add the rum and stir gently. You can refrigerate overnight or serve immediately after over ice. Add the grated nutmeg and cinnamon, serve and enjoy.
3. Gingerbread Eggnog
The gingerbread eggnog is filled with delicious flavours. If you are someone who doesn't like eggnog at all, I recommend you try this recipe. The ingredients for this drink includes:
6 large eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
3 cups of milk
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon of nutmeg (Freshly grated)
1 pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of allspice
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 tablespoon of dark molasses
1/4 cup of rum (Optional)
After separating the egg yolks from the whites, add the yolks into a medium-sized bowl. Add in the sugar then begin whisking until the mixture is a light yellow and appears creamy and smooth. Place the cinnamon stick in the milk. Heat the milk on the stovetop in a large saucepan until it's simmering. Add a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, constantly whisking as the milk is being poured. Repeat 2-3 times. Add the egg mixture into the rest of the milk mixture and bring it to a simmer. Turn off the heat when it reaches 160 degrees. Place in a large glass bowl and cover. Allow it to chill for at least 4 hours. Mix the rum when the mixture has been chilled. Serve and enjoy!
4. Fireball Eggnog
The cinnamon whiskey is a great base for this holiday cocktail. It gives the eggnog a touch of warm spice and sweetness. The ingredients include:
1/4 cup raw sugar (for rim)
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon (for rim)
3 ounces of store-bought, prepared eggnog
2 ounces of cinnamon-flavoured whiskey
3/4 ounce of amaretto liquor, plus more for rim (optional)
Cinnamon stick for garnish
Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
In a small dish, mix the sugar and ground cinnamon to a uniform colour and pour a small amount of amaretto into another small dish. Dip the glass rim into the amaretto then roll it into the cinnamon sugar. In a cocktail shaker, pour the eggnog, cinnamon whiskey, and amaretto, and fill with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg. Enjoy!
This is your traditional holiday eggnog drink without the alcohol, so everyone can enjoy. The ingredients include:
6 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 cups of milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
1/4 cup of heavy cream
Combine the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a heavy pan. Whisk until well-combined. Continue whisking while pouring the milk in a slow, steady stream until completely incorporated. Place the pan over the lowest heat setting, stir continuously until it reaches 160 degrees and the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This should take about 45 to 60 minutes. Once the mixture has thickened, strain it into a large bowl to remove any small cooked bits of egg. Add the vanilla extract and nutmeg, stirring to combine. Pour the mixture into a glass pitcher and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate to fully chill for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, pour the heavy cream into a bowl and whip until it forms soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the cold custard mixture until combined. Serve the eggnog in chilled cups or glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Enjoy!