Eggnog has become so synonymous with Christmas; it’s hard to mention one without thinking about the other. Once a festive treat enjoyed in North America, people around the world are creating their own versions of this age-old recipe. Made with just a few common ingredients, learning how to make eggnog is easy, quick and fun.
What is Eggnog?
Eggnog is a rich, sweet drink traditionally served during the holiday season, particularly Christmas. It is typically made with raw eggs, milk and table sugar. However, many prefer to add alcoholic beverages like rum, brandy, cognac and bourbon. Vegetarians can also enjoy eggnog by substituting regular milk with soymilk, coconut milk and other similar options. Eggnog is usually topped with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
How to Make Eggnog
Learning how to make eggnog only takes minutes. The recipe is simple and can be modified according to your taste. You will need about 4 eggs (you’re only going to need the yolks), 1 cup of milk, ½ cup sugar (preferably white), ¾ cups of rum, brandy, bourbon or cognac, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, cinnamon or both.
Step 1: In a large pot or saucepan, bring milk, vanilla extract, nutmeg and/or cinnamon to a boil over medium-low heat.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar.
Step 3: Pour your milk slowly into the egg mixture, stirring thoroughly. When ingredients are combined, return the whole mixture back to the pot. Cook over medium heat until it becomes thick without boiling. This should take no more than 5 minutes.
Step 4: Remove eggnog mixture from heat and set aside to cool for 1 to 2 hours. When it has cooled, stir in the alcoholic beverage of your choice and mix thoroughly. Seal the eggnog with a plastic wrap and leave in the fridge overnight.
Step 5: Sprinkle nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate flakes and preferred toppings. Serve chilled.
How to Make Eggnog for Kids
When making eggnog for kids, you can use the same recipe without the alcoholic drinks. Instead, add a cup of cream after step 4 when the eggnog has cooled. Adding cream makes the mixture much thicker and gives it the consistency of milk shake children love. You should also consider cutting down on sugar if eggnog is going to be consumed at nighttime.
Cooking Tips and Tricks
If you’re trying to lose weight, there are ingredient choices you can make to cut calories. You can either use low-fat milk or simply drink less of the eggnog than you typically would. Eggnog can be stored for months on end in a fridge. Note, however, that the longer you keep it, the more likely it is that the taste of eggnog will change. Also, make sure eggs are fresh before preparation.
Learn and practice how to make eggnog to make your next Christmas all the more special for family and friends. Remember to look for fresh, low-calorie ingredients and to drink in moderation if you’re watching your weight.