Every Christmas morning growing up, the first thing we did after opening presents was play with our new toys. The first thing my mom did, however, was go in the kitchen and make a batch of homemade eggnog. This is the recipe she used.
Now before I scare some of you away, I need to notify you: if you “hate eggnog” (and by “eggnog” you mean the stuff that comes in a carton from the store), cross that out from your mind. This is a different beast. Comparing store-bought eggnog to homemade stuff is worse than comparing a frozen pizza to a gourmet wood-fired pie. Homemade eggnog is the nectar of the gods. Considering it’s primarily sugar and milkfat, how can it not be?
You can easily omit the alcohol and let people spike their own glass, if you like. I’m a fan of the bourbon, but if you want it a little sweeter, you can also use all brandy instead of bourbon and brandy. I’m also not convinced you need to use whole milk, since there’s already plenty of fat in the cream and half-n-half, but who am I to argue with a tried and true recipe such as this? After all, it’s the holidays, right?
This make a huge batch: about a gallon. Half it if need be.
- 12 eggs, separated
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup good brandy
- 1 1/2 cup good bourbon
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Separate the egg whites and yolks into two medium mixing bowls.
Add the sugar to the yolks. Using an electric mixer, beat the yolk mixture for 5–10 minutes, until it turns a pale yellow color and is slightly thickened. Slowly pour in the bourbon and brandy as you continue mixing. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill at least 10 minutes.
Add the cream to the whites and beat until they form stiff peaks. (Note: I’ve never gotten “stiff peaks” here. Don’t feel bad if you don’t, either.)
When the yolk mixture is done chilling, pour it into a large punch bowl. Stir in the half-and-half, milk, and nutmeg, then gently fold in the foamy egg white mixture. Sprinkle with a little more nutmeg for appearance, and serve!