Dining Our Way Through the Holidays in Colorado
Is there any drink that “says” Christmas better than eggnog? Imagine whipping up a homemade batch for an evening in front of the fireplace after spending the day Christmas shopping with girlfriends in snowy Colorado! When I was little I loved eggnog so much that my grandmother would make it any time of the year for me. Of course at that time, she was making it with raw eggs so it was an easy process. These days, with the fear of salmonella, a cooked eggnog recipe is preferable. I found this recipe that is loved by all—even my besties who hate the “regular” stuff.
Ingredients for 6 | Multiply by degree of thirst, divide by number of girlfriends!
3 - 24 hours
NOTE: The flavor of the eggnog improves when it’s made a day ahead to allow alcohol to mellow.
- 3 cups whole milk
- 7 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/3 cup bourbon
- 1/3 cup Cognac or other brandy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Bring milk just to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan.
Whisk together eggs and sugar in a large bowl, then add hot milk in a slow stream while whisking.
Pour mixture into saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture registers 170ºF, about 6-7 minutes.
Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean large bowl and stir in cream, bourbon, brandy, and vanilla.
Cool completely, uncovered. Then chill, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours and up to 24.
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