Eggnog is a Christmas classic but it’s also one of those beverages that you either love or hate! Brought to our shores by the British, this drink was an instant hit in America because it was a great way of preserving the copious amounts of eggs and milk being produced on the settlers’ farms. Here at NetCost Market, we’ve got some great eggnog recipes to get you in the Christmas mood – and some that may help change your mind if you find yourself in the “hate-it” camp!
Classic Decadent Eggnog
This recipe is similar to the classic eggnog recipe but involves a no-holding-back approach! With heavy cream, plenty of sugar, and of course, the classic Christmas spices, it will have you hooked in no time!
You will need: 1 cup dark rum, ½ plus 2 tbsp sugar, 6 eggs – separated, ¾ cup heavy cream, ½ tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ground allspice, 1/8 tsp ground anise, 1 cup full-fat milk.
How to make:
- Whisk together the ½ cup sugar, rum, and egg yolks in a bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water until the mixture thickens. Ensure you keep whisking – this process should take about 2-3 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
- In a separate bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks have formed and chill the mixture.
- In another bowl, whip together the egg whites, 2 tbsp sugar, and all of the spices until soft peaks have formed.
- Fold together the whipped cream, cooled egg yolk mixture, and the egg whites, and stir in the milk until the desired consistency is achieved. Garnish with ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
If you want to bring a bit of class to your Christmas celebration, this one is definitely right up your alley! It uses brandy rather than rum for the more sophisticated palate and is more like a dinner party cocktail than a Christmas drink.
You will need: 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 8 cups full-fat milk, 3 cups brandy, ¼ cup cornstarch, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix, 6 large egg yolks.
How to make:
- Over a large punch bowl, set a fine-mesh sieve and place the bottom of the bowl in an ice bath and leave to cool.
- Off the heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice mix and then gradually add 4 cups of milk. Then, whisk in the egg yolks.
- Once the mixture is formed, keep whisking over medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes not allowing it to come to the boil. Remove from the heat and pour through the fine-mesh sieve into the cooled bowl, and stir in the remaining 4 cups of milk, allowing the whole mixture to cool.
- Just before you serve, stir in the 3 cups brandy and ladle the mixture into classic martini glasses for that refined look!
Mexican Eggnog With Sweet Bacon
What? Eggnog with bacon? From Mexico? You probably think we’re having a bit of fun here, but this variation of the classic Christmas drink is truly something special! Mexico has a history of eggnog just like the USA, with a version called rompope that has been made by Mexican nuns for centuries. So, let us enlighten you with a truly ground-breaking eggnog recipe inspired by our friends from south of the border!
You will need: 4 cups whole milk, 1 cup sugar, ¼ cup almond meal, 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 cinnamon stick, 12 egg yolks, 2 cups spiced rum, ½ cup dark brown sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 12 slices thin-cut back bacon, ½ tsp ground allspice.
How to make:
- Mix together the milk, sugar, almond meal, vanilla, and cinnamon stick in a large pan, and then, over medium heat, bring the mixture to the boil. Allow simmering for 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Once this is done, remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Whisk together the egg yolks until they’re thick and light yellow and remove the cinnamon stick from the milk mixture. Next, gradually combine the two mixtures.
- Return the mixture to the heat and stir constantly – until the mixture is nice and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Add the rum to the mixture and stir thoroughly. Then, transfer the mixture to a glass container, cover tightly with cling wrap, and refrigerate for at least 12 hours (2 days is best).
- Before you want to serve your eggnog, prepare the bacon by baking it covered with a combination of brown sugar and ground cinnamon at 350F. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bacon is nice and crispy.
- Glass cups work best for serving this drink, and make sure you garnish your beverage with a sprinkle of allspice and a slice of cinnamon-sugar bacon balanced on top of the cup!
We hope that we’ve inspired you to think of alternative eggnog this year, and for those of you who are not so keen on the beverage, we hope we’ve motivated you to try something new! Whether you’re having a quiet Christmas with the family or a huge Christmas party, there’s always room for eggnog so make sure you prepare in advance to get those rich, warm, and Christmassy flavors ready for the celebration!