Traditional Eggnog

Eggnog

Christmas is upon us. And so are all the traditional Christmas decorations, music, food items, and of course cocktails. One very traditional drink in which alcohol is often added, is eggnog.

The history of the eggnog is a bit murky and different origin stories exist, but it is safe to say that it has been around in some form for hundreds of years. And in all stories, it has always been an alcoholic beverage.

The easiest way to enjoy an eggnog cocktail, is to buy premade eggnog at the store and add brandy, rum, whiskey or bourbon to it. But I promise you, if you make it, it will taste so much better.

While many variations are out there, here is a traditional one that you can’t go wrong with.

6 large eggs – yolks and white separated
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsps vanilla extract
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
2 cups of brandy
1 cup of whole milk

In a bowl, add just the egg yolks in, add 1/4 cup of the sugar, salt, vanilla, and nutmeg. Beat together until very thick. Then slowly pour in and whisk in the brandy and the milk. Cover the bowl and chill overnight.

Before its time to serve, in a bowl, beat the egg whites into soft peaks. Then slowly add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar while continuing to beat until you get a soft white cream topping.

Add this to your chilled brandy mixture and fold in gently. Now you are ready to serve into mugs. Grate some additional nutmeg as a topping.

Variation: Instead of 2 cups brandy, try 1 cup of brandy or whiskey and 1 cup of dark rum.