a new favorite eggnog

It’s only 13 days until Christmas… And I have all my shopping yet to do!

We decorated our tree early last week, and we did our tradition of having eggnog while trimming the tree. Before, we had done a simple but good eggnog that I talked about last year.. This year, I tried one I’d seen Alton Brown do, and I think we’ve got a new favorite eggnog!

It’s not quite as simple as the old one, but it’s not much more difficult to make. The ingredients are simple, which also means they need to be fresh and of the best quality you can get.

  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 egg yolks (it’s nice how it works out to 4 of each, huh?)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pint whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon sugar


I put the egg yolks in a mixer bowl and beat on high until they lightened in color, then gradually mixed in the 1/3 cup of sugar to dissolve it.  Then I added the milk and cream, as well as the nutmeg.  (By the way, I intentionally misspelled the word ‘nutmeg’ in my 3rd grade class spelling bee because I was nervous about having to spell anything in front of the whole school… just a bit of weird info about me!)  Oh, and I put in bourbon, to taste.  The original calls for 3 ounces, but I think that’s a bit strong; I used about half that much.

I got out another mixing bowl and put the egg whites in it, then beat the whites until they made soft peaks.

I added in the 1/3 tablespoon of sugar and beat until the mixture formed hard peaks.

I got a hand whisk and added the egg whites to the other liquid, whisking it together.  The egg white sit on top even after whisking together, and it all seems very ice creamy and rich and full of holiday wonder!

This is definitely worth a try!  It’s not as simple as the old way, but it’s still not hard at all.  Just use eggs you trust!  The Food Network does include a cooked version, if you’re afraid of eating raw eggs.

Once the eggnog was ready, we decorated the tree, while watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, of course.  What are your Christmas decorating traditions? Bucky even ‘helped’ out with decorating.

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I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.

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  1. I am in love with your Rudolph decorations…especially the mugs. That was the one movie I had to watch every year growing up and I am obsessed with glassware.

  2. Amy, you haven’t seen even a fraction of what we’ve got! I still watch the show every year, and I’m 44! I think this link works, and it will show you some of what we decorate with: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmcadams/sets/72157611209451232/

  3. That is exactly like the eggnog recipe my Mom used to make! Only hers was in much larger quantities without the bourbon. That is a Serious collection of Rudolph memorabilia! I really like them, so nostalgic!

  4. Leah, it’s a great recipe, and stays very creamy and frothy. With ice cream, it melts and is less frothy, but the egg whites in this recipe keep that from happening.

    And I still haven’t gotten photos of even half of what we have! But, if you like Rankin Bass stuff, which I do, it’s very festive. I even like the Rankin Bass cartoon about the mice.

  5. What cute mugs! Your cat is a cutie too. Does he like eggnog too? =P

  6. The eggnog had bourbon in it, so Bucky wasn’t able to try it much… though he did try once or twice.

    He tends to like ham and pulled pork more than just about anything else, including fish.

  7. I absolutely love Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer! I have watched it faithfully since it has been on tv for the first time. I also have a great eggnog recipe. Low-fat, really creamy made with vanilla icecream and best of all no cholesterol. Keep an Eye out for it on the website. :)

  8. I have eggnog so seldom that a lowfat version may not be attractive, but I’d be willing to try it. The thing I do hate, though, is that storebought stuff; it’s just horrible stuff.

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