Eggnog is a delicious alcoholic drink, enjoyed during Christmas. It is rich, creamy and boozy. Will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit. You also can make a kid-friendly or non-alcoholic version using my exact recipe.
To be honest, eggnog is not something I had growing up as a child but, I have tasted it a few times and I quite enjoyed it But never made it at home. But when I asked everyone on my Instagram page as to what recipe they would like to see for Christmas, the top answer was eggnog. So here it is, I have done this recipe especially for you all.
How to make eggnog from scratch
The essential equipments needed to make eggnog
How to store eggnog
You can store it only for up to 3 days as there are raw eggs in this recipe. But once you mix in the egg whites you have to consume the drink within the day. Store the eggnog in a glass jar, bottle in the fridge.
Is eggnog alcoholic
Yes, it is. It is traditionally made with alcohol, but there is no harm in making it non-alcoholic, just omit the alcohol in the recipe.
How long in advance to make eggnog?
It is better to make it 1 day in advance (Only up to the custard stage) which means making the whole mixture without adding egg white. When you make it one day prior all the spices and flavours will develop overnight, and on the day of serving, mix in the egg white.
What’s the best alcohol to put into the eggnog
Do you drink eggnog hot or cold
Eggnog is definitely served chilled. But It also can be served hot especially on cold days just like mulled wine. But It is definitely delicious served chilled. Especially in countries like here in Australia, where our Christmas falls during summer.
What if my eggnog gets curdled
There is a high possibility it can get curdled slightly at 2 stages, one is when you are cooking the egg yolk and the milk mixture on the stove. And the other stage is when adding alcohol into the mix. If this happens don’t worry, just blend it in a blender until smooth.
After mixing the egg white it looks a bit curdled?
when you start mixing the egg whites in, you will need to fold it in as you want to retain that airy foamy texture but it will look like it is curdled in the beginning but once you start mixing it will start getting better, its always better to strain the mixture before serving.
Are raw eggs added to this recipe?
Yes. The egg yolks get cooked from the heat of the milk but the egg whites are added in raw.
How can I avoid adding raw eggs to this recipe?
Honestly, if you want to skip adding the raw egg whites you are more than welcome to do that, it tastes really delicious even without the egg whites, but what you will miss is the airy and creamy texture without the egg white.
Does eggnog smell eggy?
Honestly, there is a reason why it is called EGGNOG. of course it will smell eggy. There is nothing you can do about it.
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Step by step guide on how to make traditional eggnog recipe
Traditional Eggnog Recipe
- Cook top
- 350 ml Milk Fresh milk
- 1 stick Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 1 stick Vanilla or 1tbsp Vanilla essence
- 3 Eggs Separated
- 65 g Sugar White sugar
- 120 ml Cream Thicken cream, cooking cream
- 60 ml Bourbon
- Using a cake mixer with the whisk attachment, place egg yolks and sugar and beat well until pale in colour, fluffy and double in size (You also can do this step by hand using a whisk)
- Into a small pan add milk, cream, sugar, all the spuces, vanilla and bring to the boil on a medium heat
- Once the milk has reached boiling point, strain the mixture into a jug and slowly add the mixture into the egg yolk mixture little by little while it is still hot.Make sure you whisk it while pouring the hot milk, if not the egg will get curdled.
- Once both mixes are fully mixed in, add that whole mixture into a clean pot and keep it on a low fire while whisking so the eggs don't get curdled until thick. To check the consistency, draw a line from your finger in the middle of the spoon, if the mixture doesn't pour down and the line stays in its place, then the mix is ready to be taken off from the fire.Quickly take it off from the fire and pour it out into a new bowl, to stop the mixture from cooking
- Let it cool down in the fridge completely
- Once the mixture is cooled down, add the bourbon in and leave it overnight
- When you are ready to serve. Whisk the egg whites using a cake mixer with the whisk attachment until fluffy and soft peaks are formed
- Gently fold the egg whites into the whole mix and serve