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How to Make Delicious Eggnog

December 29th, 2012 Seasonal

There are few things more delightful than a nice, thick glass of eggnog on a chilly Christmas evening. That perfect combination of cinnamon, cream and nutmeg is perfect for the holiday season, and it's very easy to make at home! You can prepare an entire punch bowl full of eggnog in no time at all. The venerable Alton Brown has provided an excellent recipe that's sure to go over well.

Ingredients:
4 egg yolks
One-third cup of sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bourbon (optional)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 egg whites

Preparation is simple. In a mixer, beat the egg yolks until they start to become lighter and gradually add one-third cup of sugar, continuing to stir until it's completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir until they're combined.

Meanwhile, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Then gradually add the tablespoon of sugar, continuing to beat until you see stiff peaks. Slowly whisk the egg whites into the yolk mixture, chill and serve.

If you don't have an electric mixer, you'll have to beat the egg whites by hand. This can take some time, but it helps to have a friend to trade off with. When it comes time to serve your nog, mix everything together again (the ingredients separate after a little while) and lay it out on the counter. Feel free to add more bourbon or a bit of extra cream and sugar according to your tastes. Eggnog is quite versatile, so don't be afraid to stray from the recipe a little bit!