Aside from Christmas decorations, there’s no denying that December also brings a heightened amount of socialising. Whether it’s your office party, a casual gathering or seeing your family after a long time, December is the time for partying. So, instead of taking along your usual bottle of wine, get into the Yuletide spirit and start making your own eggnog!
Eggnog is a sweetened, egg and cream based drink, traditionally consumed in America and Canada over Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it has its origins in Britain and Scotland. There are many variations of this drink which include serving it with coffee, rum, cognac, whiskey, sherry or bourbon.
As Christmas is synonymous with spiced flavours, warm drinks and good times (amongst other things), eggnog is the ideal way to incorporate these factors into one delicious drink, while getting into the spirit of sharing.
You can start your own Christmas tradition by making eggnog and taking it along to gatherings or providing it when you’re hosting friends and family. Why not try this recipe from Elizabeth Nyland:
- 5 egg yolks
- ¾ cup caster sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 ¼ cup good quality bourbon or whiskey
- ¼ cup spiced rum
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- Crack your egg yolks into a clean bowl and whisk.
- Add the sugar and continue whisking until it begins to dissolve
- Add your liquids.
- Stir in vanilla and nutmeg and leave in the refrigerator to cool down.
Consider adding your own twists such as a pinch of chilli, cinnamon, chai-spice or even cloves, to enhance the Christmas flavours more and make it your own. Soon, you and your egg nog will be in high demand, filling up that Christmas season quite nicely.
Once you’ve found your signature ‘nog’, give it a name and let the good times roll. Make sure you tweet us a picture @ultimateexp using #bringonthemerry!