Before the parties, and all the fun, you make the holiday special with food and drink preparation.
Every holiday I make fresh-crafted, holiday eggnog. It’s better than any holiday eggnog in a carton, and the simple ingredients keep it easy to recreate.
What’s best about this simply holiday eggnog is that you can tweak how light or strong the spices are.
In fact, I don’t use traditional spices as most do, and my recipe years ago, was created through what spices we had in our home.
The holidays in our home are special because of traditions, and special foods and drinks offered throughout the season.
The simple holiday eggnog is part of our holiday tradition, and when you see how easy it is, I bet it will become part of yours as well.
Lavishly live the holidays out loud and recreate my simple holiday eggnog in your home! Are you ready?
Simple Holiday Eggnog
I’ve sampled a lot of different versions of holiday eggnog, some with many fancier ingredients.
To be honest, I have not found one I like better.
This recipe is the favorite in our home and I take it along by the bottle everywhere we go.
You can make it spirited if you like by simply dropping in a shot of your favorite liquor.
However, if you want to keep it non-alcoholic to serve to everyone, just use it as-is. Also, you will see that I use a blender to blend the eggs.
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I use the blender because it is easier than hand whipping and I feel the eggs are ‘whipped’ best this way.
Of course, you can do it however you want, just my personal experience.
Add a bow and you have a holiday gift! You can always add a bottle of rum with the other bottle!
Why did I use mulling spices? We wanted eggnog and I had all the ingredients except the individual normal spices people use.
For instance, I did not have cardamom, cinnamon sticks, etc. I, however, was not going to let that small complication stand in my way.
Since we also enjoy spiced apple cider, I had mulling spices and thus the birth of this simple holiday eggnog recipe.
It turned out perfect in case you are wondering and it uses up the spices so I can purchase fresh for the next year!
Last, if you prefer to NOT strain at the end or don’t have a strainer, there’s an alternative to this.
Simply put the spice mixture in a tied off cheesecloth, then toss the cheesecloth with the spices tied in.
You see, you can do workarounds, I always do!
Now that you’ve seen my how-to video, let’s get the recipe listed so you can make it for your holiday.
Ready to fill those glass bottles with Eggnog?
1/4 C Mulling Spices
6 Egg Yolks
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Rum Extract
2 C Milk
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
A cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
In a large saucepan, add milk, heavy whipping cream and mulling spices.
Mix well and then cover. Cook on medium/low heat to a simmer.
Next, while this is coming to a simmer, prepare the egg mixture.
In a blender mix egg, pulse, then add in sugar and pulse again to mix well.
Once prepared it’s time to add to milk mixture. You are going to temper the eggs.
Remove lid, stir one more time, then add the egg, a little at a time (tempering), stirring constantly, until the entire mixture of an egg is added to milk mixture.
Now, whisk constantly or stir and then temp read the mixture, you want 160° and no higher, then remove from heat.
Place the strainer over the bowl, and pour the mixture through a strainer.
Make sure to use a bowl that is big enough to support the strainer and liquid.
Add in rum and vanilla extract. (at this point if you are going to make it alcoholic, you can add in a few shots of your favorite spirits. )
Serve warm or allow to chill.
Pour into glasses or mugs, top with whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg.
- 1/4 C Mulling Spices
- 6 Egg Yolks
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon Rum Extract
- 2 C Milk
- 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
- 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
- In a large sauce pan, add milk, heavy whipping cream and mulling spices. Mix Well and then cover. Cook on medium/low heat to a simmer.
- Next, while this is coming to a simmer, prepare the egg mixture.
- In a blender mix egg, pulse, then dd in sugar and pulse again to mix well. Once prepared it's time to add to milk mixture. You are going to temper the eggs.
- Remove lid, stir one more time, then add the egg, a little at a time (tempering), stirring constantly, until the entire mixture of egg is added to milk mixture.
- Now, whisk constantly or stir and then temp read the mixture, you want 160° and no higher, then remove from heat.
- Place strainer over bowl, and pour mixture through strainer.
- Add in rum and vanilla extract. (at this point if you are going to make it alcoholic, you can add in a few shots of your favorite spirits. )
- Serve warm or allow to chill.
- Pour into glasses or mugs, top with whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg.
Enjoy your parties and holiday celebrations with a cup of good cheer, or eggnog which brings cheer! Lavishly live life out loud! ~ DANA XO
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