I just made eggnog. And let me tell you, it’s the best eggnog I’ve ever tasted. Seriously. Before I get into this post, PROMISE me you’re going to make this eggnog sometime this year. Thanks.
Eggnog is a tradition for my family. Ever since I was a baby, I’ve always loved eggnog. My mama put it in a bottle for me. Yep. That’s probably why I have a sweet tooth….thanks mama! My dad grew up with eggnog, and every year, ever since I can remember, we’ve had a tradition. As soon as the eggnog comes out in the stores, we’ll buy a container of eggnog – and we’ll buy one every week until it isn’t in the stores anymore. Well, almost every week. Not all of us can drink that much cream and sugar without gaining some weight. The whole family, except Mama, LOVES eggnog. But, although we always buy it, we’ve actually NEVER made it. Now, my aunt Kat makes boiled custard, but, IT’S NOT THE SAME THING! Boiled custard (I’ve made this with her, I KNOW.) is eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. That’s it. Now eggnog had all those ingredients, plus cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Store-bought eggnog is okay. I’ve always loved it, but as I get older, it gets sweeter and sweeter. Kinda gross. I have a sweet tooth, but store-bought eggnog is way, WAY too sweet. Almost sickly sweet. And that’s why I started looking for eggnog recipes. My dad will drink my aunt’s boiled custard, but he says that it really is not eggnog. So, why not make eggnog instead and cut out some of the sugar? That’s what I thought. Therefore, I decided to look on www.food.com for a recipe. A recipe that was easy, but the real thing. Authentic.
…and, I found it! Now I want to tell you something. I made a lot of changes on this recipe. I eliminated several directions that were unnecessary, and halved the sugar. Yes, I halved it! A few of the changes were based on the ingredients I had, but also to make it easier. And yes, this was my first time ever making eggnog – or any kind of custard by myself. And I didn’t follow the recipe. And oh my word, it turned out amazing. I have a feeling I might be a good cook when I grow up.
Anyway, are you ready to embark on your adventure into custard land? Let’s go.
First, combine the milk, spices, and vanilla. Bring it slowly to a boil.
While the milk is heating up, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until fluffy.
Now that the milk is at a boil, whisk it into the eggs a little at a time. Like in quarters.
Pour the eggnog back into the pot and on medium, cook, stirring constantly, for about five minutes.
Strain into a large pitcher, chill overnight, and then enjoy!
P.S. After I was done making it, I chilled with this soda while waiting for the eggnog to chill. Yum. (Thanks Aunt Kat!)