I can’t even remember the last time I shared a recipe, but so many people have been asking for it on Instagram after seeing my pictures that I couldn’t resist, plus its the season of sharing. Now I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but I’m pretty sure I make the world’s best eggnog, Everyone I have ever made it for has fallen in love with the stuff, even those who were convinced they didn’t like it. If you’ve had it before, you’ll know that homemade eggnog is nothing like the crap you buy in the carton so put that yucky stuff out of your mind right now. A home made eggnog is a rich and creamy bourbon spiced custardy drink of Christmas flavoured goodness.

Over the years I have perfected my recipe and find that using bourbon produces the sweetest and creamiest cocktail, however you can use rum if you prefer or Baileys or Kaluha for chocolate or coffee version.  Also I know some people are fussy about uncooked eggs, us Europeans are generally pretty cool and the gang about that, but if you aren’t you could heat the mixture without the booze until it just starts to come to the boil then allow it to cool before serving. You should be able to find all of the spices quite easily here in any large supermarket, though I usually order mine from iHerb because they are cheaper and they have a better selection, they even have pumpkin spice which you can use instead of all the other spices as its just the same thing. If you are making  this for a party, you will probably need to double or triple the recipe, however I’ve rather taken to just drinking a whole batch myself while snuggled up under a blanket on my sofa. Its my new Christmas tradition.

Ingredients

3 egg yolks
1/2 a cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 of a teaspoon of all spice (or you can just use 1 teaspoons of pumpkin spice mix in place of these).
1 cup of cream (if using the sweetened Korean kind halve the amount of sugar)
2-3 cups of milk
3-4 shots of bourbon
whipped cream for decoration

 

Directions

1. Separate your eggs and put your yolks in to a bowl, along with the sugar and whisk until the mix is a pale yellow.

2. Add the spices, vanilla and bourbon then whisk again.

3. Add the milk and cream and whisk for a further minute.Taste and add just a tiny bit of salt and adjust the sugar, milk, spice or bourbon if you feel you need a little something extra.

4. Serve in a glass pilled with ice and and top with whipped cream and a little extra nutmeg.

5. If you want to go all out you can make the freak shake above by rimming your glass with something sticky (i used jam) and covering in crushed candy canes and topping with some seasonal baked goods, though a cinnamon stick produces a very classy looking cocktail too. Merry Christmas everyone!

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