Is there any Christmas treat as polarizing as egg nog?
I feel like you either love love love it, or HAAAATE it!
Myself, I fall into the love category. Maybe because my dad loved it, and as a kid I decided I loved most foods he did: Boston Baked Beans, Big Macs, black jelly beans...
Some of those are a bit weirder than others, I suppose.
Christmas is a time to remember those who are no longer with us. Sadly this year I'll be raising a glass not only to dad, but my uncle and Nana this year. Though I never did ask their thoughts on the beverage... so perhaps I'll just cheer on the Pats for my uncle and have a Toasted Almond cocktail for Nans.
This egg nog is pretty dang good... if you drink it immediately, anyway. After chilling, it got WAY too thick. This means I over-cooked it. I was so worried about making sure the egg was fully cooked, I let it get too thick on the stove. I forgot that it would thicken more as it cools. If this happens to you, simply add a bit more milk!
I also tried to make a dairy free, natural sugar version and that one tasted FANTASTIC... until I overcooked that one. Overcooked almond milk turns into a clumpy mess. So sad.
Homemade Egg Nog
(Adapted from Doughmesstic)
- 6 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
- 2/3 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- pinch of allspice
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Bourbon
-In a large pot over medium-low heat, beat together the eggs, yolks, sugar, and salt. Slowly add the milk, and mix until well combined.
-Turn heat to low, stirring regularly, until liquid has thickened just enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Add nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and vanilla. Remove from heat.
-Before serving, add bourbon (or rum!) and mix well. Can be served hot or cold, but I prefer hot!