How to Make Eggnog for Christmas Gatherings

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Eggnog is a traditionally offering at Christmas time. This eggnog version is alcohol rich for the adults in the crowd. This recipe makes a large amount, perfect for an open house party. Feel free to cut the recipe in half.

Eggnog is a very alcohol-rich drink, so make sure that you have designated drivers among your holiday guests if you serve the “real” kind.

Commercial eggnog is available, but pales next to homemade. If you’ve never had the real thing, try it at least once. Treat eggnog like an indulgence; don’t substitute skim milk or try to lighten it up. It’s rich in calories, and the original version is rich in alcohol, but either way, a sip of eggnog will put you in the Christmas spirit.

Classic Eggnog

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Yield: 30 to 40 servings

12 large eggs, separated

1-1/2 cups sugar

4 cups brandy

2 cups dark rum

2 cups bourbon

1 quart whole milk

1 quart heavy cream, softly whipped

Freshly grated nutmeg

  1. Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar gradually. Beat until stiff peaks form and set aside.

  2. In a clean bowl, whip the egg yolks until pale and creamy. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar and continue to beat until the sugar begins to dissolve and the mixture thickens.

  3. In a large punch bowl, combine the yolk mixture, brandy, rum, bourbon, and milk. Fold in the whipped egg whites and cream. Top with nutmeg and serve.

Per serving: Calories 251 (From Fat 99); Fat 11g (Saturated 6g); Cholesterol 100mg; Sodium 40mg; Carbohydrate 10g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 3g.

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