You’ve heard it mentioned on almost every American TV show whenever Christmas rolls around, right? Seems to be as much a part of their celebrations as turkey and cranberry sauce and saluting the flag. Ever wanted to know what it tastes like? Well read on.

A Delicious Treat

Eggnog is a delicious creamy treat that can be served at room temperature in colder climes, or chilled to suit the warmer New Zealand Christmas weather (if we’re lucky).  It’s simple to prepare and, as befits a holiday tipple, is rich and sweet enough to be banned from any heart-health recipe book.

The Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 500 ml milk
  • 250 ml full cream
  • 125 ml white rum
  • 250 ml whiskey or bourbon
  • dessertspoon of vanilla essence
  • pinch salt
  • grated nutmeg

1/ Separate the eggs. Place the yolks in one bowl, the whites in another.

2/ Add the salt and half the sugar to the egg yolks and combine gently until the mixture is smooth and all one colour.

3/ Beat the egg whites until they form peaks then mix in the remaining sugar.

4/ Gradually add your yolk mix to the egg whites and combine.

5/ Add the milk, rum, whiskey, vanilla essence and half of the cream.

6/ Whip the remaining cream and fold into the mixture.

7/ Serve in individual cups or glasses with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.

Be Adventurous

Kids love sweet creamy concoctions and a non-alcoholic version of the recipe above can be made by simply omitting the rum and whiskey.

Adventurous adults, however, may like to experiment with the mixture. The amount of alcohol can be increased to create a more potent festive potion (too much, though, may drown the other flavours). A half inch or so of whiskey can be poured carefully on top of the eggnog to create a layered effect in the glass (and pack a greater punch). Brandy can be substituted for either or both of the other spirits.

This Christmas, mix yourself up a batch of eggnog and find out what that drink those Americans are imbibing actually tastes like!

Find out more about eggnog in this video.

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