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Holiday Eggnog Always a Treat

Dec 06, 2013 02:00AM
A terrible travesty is occurring across America this Christmas – eggnog has lost its popularity! But really, how could we possibly celebrate Christmas without eggnog? In our family, it is a tradition we look forward to all year – that sweet, rich explosion on the tongue – something that no other cocktail provides. Eggnog has developed over the years into a variety of forms, but we suggest the real, old fashioned variety.

You can purchase premade eggnog from the dairy section at the market, and add rum or brandy to it, but it’s really much better if you make it yourself. Serve eggnog in a large punch bowl for a party, or in individual coffee or tea cups. There are many recipes for eggnog, but the basics include eggs, sugar, milk, cream, and some sort of spirit. The following is our favorite recipe.

Holiday Eggnog

Ingredients 6 eggs, separated ½ cup superfine sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups brandy ½ cup milk ½ cup heavy cream Nutmeg

Preparation Beat egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar, a pinch of nutmeg, salt, and vanilla together until very thick and light yellow. Slowly beat in the brandy, milk, and cream. Cover and chill overnight or several hours. Shortly before serving, beat the egg whites to soft peaks, then add the remaining sugar and continue to beat until the consistency of soft meringue. Pour into the chilled mixture and fold in gently. Serve in a punch bowl with punch cups, or in other mugs, with nutmeg grated over the top.