Traditional Homemade Eggnog Recipes
This time of year is officially eggnog season and although it is a drink that gets made fun of a lot, the truth is that many people love eggnog, eve if it is a guilty pleasure, and it is synonymous with the winter holiday season. If you have not tried eggnog or think you dislike it, these delicious recipes are just what you need to love eggnog. Eggnog aficionados can try these recipes to skip buying it in the store, or to try something new other than your standard eggnog recipe.
Traditional Homemade Eggnog
4 cups hot milk
5 whole cloves
2 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
12 egg yolks
1 ½ cups sugar
2 ½ cups light rum
4 cups light cream
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1.In a saucepan, combine the milk, cloves, ½ tsp. vanilla, and cinnamon, and heat the mixture over low heat and stir for five minutes over the smallest heat setting, slowly bringing the mixture to a boil.
2.Combine the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until the mixture is fluffy.
3.Slowly mix hot milk into the eggs.
4.Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is thick - about 3 minutes. Do not let this mixture boil.
5.Strain through a sieve to remove cloves.
6.Let the mixture sit for about an hour to cool.
7.Stir in rum, cream, 2 tsp. vanilla, and nutmeg, and refrigerate overnight (or around six hours) before serving.
Chocolate Bourbon Eggnog
Yield: 2 quarts
3 cups chopped chocolate
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
8 eggs, separated
⅔ cups sugar
2 cups bourbon
Shaved chocolate as garnish
1.Combine chocolate and cocoa powder in a bowl while heating the 2 cups of the milk in a saucepan on medium heat, bringing it to a simmer.
2.Pour the milk over the chocolate and stir until it is melted.
3.Add the remaining milk and cream and set the bowl to the side.
4.Put the egg whites into a mixer-safe bowl and use the whisk attachment on low for 3 seconds, at which point you will increase the speed to medium.
5.Beat the eggs until the whites are thick and frothy, which is around 90 seconds.
6.While the mixer is running, slowly pour in half the sugar and beat it into the mixture until it is incorporated well (or 30 seconds). Pour the mixture into a bowl and set it aside.
7. Add egg yolks and the remaining half of the sugar to the mixing bowl, and whisk at a medium speed until the yolks are thick and pale yellow, which will be about one minute.
8.Lower the mixer speed to low and slowly add the milk and chocolate mixture while whisking for another minute.
9.Add bourbon and mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
10.Use a rubber spatula to gently fold egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
11.Divide the eggnog between glasses and serve with the shaved chocolate garnish.