Homemade Eggnog Makes Spirits Bright

Eggnog With Nutmeg and Chocolate Liquor

What's better than eggnog for the holidays? Homemade eggnog.  I was never a big eggnog lover but this recipe has changed my mind.  It's not as heavy and thick as regular eggnog, and it has a hint of a chocolate flavor and the aroma of real vanilla bean. You should definitely try it for your holiday gathering. Thanks to the bf for getting me fun measuring tools.  I actually measured this time =)

Makes 3-4 glasses
6 extra large AA eggs separated
1/4 tsp cream of tartar (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups whole milk
1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise and seeds scraped out
1 cup cold heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbs. sugar
1/2 cup chocolate liquor
1 cup bourbon
grated nutmeg
shaved chocolate (optional)

It is best to use AA eggs because it reduces the risk of getting salmonella poisoning due to consuming raw eggs.  Bring the milk, sugar, and vanilla bean to a low boil.  Stir occasionally.  Remove from heat once it has come to a boil.  

While waiting for milk mixture to come to a boil whisk egg yolks until they come to a pale yellow color.  Strain the hot milk mixture to get large vanilla bean pieces out.  Temper, or in other words, very slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks and whisk.  If you pour the hot liquid on the yolks too fast you end up with scrambled eggs (not for making good eggnog).  Pour the liquor and the bourbon in the mix.  

Place plastic wrap directly on top of the mixture to prevent it from forming a film and let cool in the fridge for a few hours.  I didn't put bourbon in mine because I didn't have any but I imagine it would be awesome!

It is optional to use cream of tartar to get the egg whites stiff while whisking them.  With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff.  In a bigger bowl, beat the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and 2 tbs. of sugar until it too becomes stiff (look, you made whipped cream!).  Fold the egg whites and the whipped cream together.  

Once the yolk mixture cools, pour it into the whipped mixture and fold.  Serve in glasses and garnish with grated nutmeg and chocolate shavings.


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