Just a few ingredients — egg yolks, sugar, milk, cream, and nutmeg — create the wonderfully distinctive flavor of that favorite holiday drink, eggnog. These eggnog recipes can be spiked to your liking with rum, bourbon, or brandy, or enjoyed in nonalcoholic form by guests of all ages. We’ve got some suggestions to put a twist on your holiday eggnog:
Courtesy of Jason Stevens, Bar Congress in Austin, TX
serves 6 to 8
“Eggnog is ultimate Christmas comfort food,” Stevens says. “I wanted to take the classic recipe for eggnog and showcase some of my favorite fall and winter flavors, without getting too far away from the original. Real maple syrup and walnut, along with a bump of spices, add more flavor to the traditional recipe.”
6 eggs separated
8 oz. real maple syrup
1 qt. whole milk
1 pint heavy cream
5 oz. premium 80-proof bourbon
5 oz. premium dark rum (Coruba Dark suggested)
5 oz. walnut liqueur
1 tbsp. brown sugar
Nutmeg for grating
Cinnamon for grating
Allspice for grating
Roasted pecans for grating (optional)
In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until they turn light in color, adding in 4 ounces of maple syrup as you beat. Stir in remaining maple syrup, milk, cream, bourbon, rum, and walnut liqueur. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
Just before serving, place the egg whites into a large bowl and beat until soft peaks form. While beating, slowly add the brown sugar and continue beating till hard peaks form. Whisk the whipped whites into the liquor mixture. Gently grate nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted pecans, and allspice on top to taste before serving.
Courtesy of Pam Wiznitzer at Dead Rabbit in New York City
“I think sometimes, in the dead of winter it’s nice to mix in a few flavors from the southern hemisphere to warm things up,” says Wiznitzer. “Pisco adds a fun, bright level to the flavor. And almond milk cuts the calories drastically.”
Combine ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a brandy glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Brown Sugar Syrup
1 cup of dark brown sugar combined with 2/3 cup hot water. Stir to fully dissolve, allow to cool and store in the fridge.
Courtesy of Jeffrey Morgenthaler at Clyde Common in Portland, OR
“I can’t stand the thick, gelatinous goop they sell at the grocery store,” Morgenthaler says. “Even if you were to cut it with alcohol, it’s still so overly-pasteurized and full of preservatives that it would be anything but enjoyable to slug down at a Christmas party.” As an alternative, he created a simpler version—one you can easily use as a base when experimenting on your own.
2 large eggs
3 oz. (by volume) granulated sugar
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
2 oz. brandy
2 oz. spiced rum (Sailor Jerry’s suggested)
6 oz. whole milk
4 oz. heavy cream
Beat eggs in blender for one minute on medium speed. Slowly add sugar and blend for one additional minute. With blender still running, add nutmeg, brandy, rum, milk and cream until combined. Chill thoroughly to allow flavors to combine and serve in chilled wine glasses or champagne coupes, grating additional nutmeg on top immediately before serving.
- ½ cup strong coffee or two shots of espresso
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup eggnog
- whipped cream
- Use your espresso maker to brew two shots of espresso. Or brew some very strong coffee.
- Heat the eggnog until warm (do not boil.)
- Combine with milk.
- Pour espresso or coffee into a large mug and sweeten with the sugar to your liking.
- Pour the warm eggnog mixture on top of the coffee.
- Top with whipped cream and nutmeg.
Austin American-Statesman web producer Melissa Martinez, daughter of Puerto Rican parents, shares their holiday tradition- is coquito.
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
2 large egg yolks
1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup rum
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cinanamon stick, for garnish
Whisk evaporated milk and egg yolks in a bowl.
Strain into a small pot and simmer over medium heat until thickened. Mixture should coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and let cool.
Pour half of egg yolk mixture into a blender and blend. Add the rest of the mixture and the coconut milk, condensed milk, rum and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the blender and blend at a high speed until frothy. Pour into a glass bottle or pitcher and refrigerate overnight.
Serve in small glasses, sprinkled on top with cinnamon and served with a cinnamon stick.