In this post I want to show you how to make eggnog. Eggnog is a very popular drink for the Holidays and is usually made with raw eggs. It can be served without any alcohol or with brandy or bourbon. It is delicious.
In this recipe we will actually cook the egg yolks by tempering them and then adding them to our hot milk and cream. This process is not difficult but it does take some patience. We will heat the milk and cream until it is almost boiling and then slowly whisk some of it into our egg yolks. We will then return the yolks to the hot milk and finish cooking them at very low heat. It is very important that you do not allow the milk and cream to boil or your eggs will scramble.
And here is how to make eggnog:
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg + more for serving
3 oz. bourbon
Place the egg yolks into a small bowl and whisk in the sugar. Whisk until the yolks turn pale.
Heat the milk, cream and nutmeg in a pot. Stir occasionally and do not let it boil. Turn off the heat as soon as you see bubbles forming on the sides of the pot.
Remove about ¾ cups of the hot milk and add it slowly into the yolks. Mix the yolks and the hot milk as you go.
Slowly return the tempered egg yolks to the remaining hot milk. Mix it in and turn the heat back on at low. Stir constantly until your spoon is coated and you leave a streak when you run your finger down the back. Do not let your milk boil as your eggs will scramble.
Pass the milk and eggs through a sieve into a bowl. Place the bowl into a larger bowl full of ice water. Stir the eggnog occasionally until it is completely cooled down.
Stir in the bourbon and serve. Garnish with a little bit of ground nutmeg.
This eggnog is at its best after it refrigerates for a few hours and will keep for up to four days in a closed container in the refrigerator.