Eggnog has been on my mind for a couple of weeks now – I really want to experiment with more festive foods this Christmas and I have never tried eggnog. EVER. So, when Waitrose Cellar approached me to see if I wanted to have a play and make festive eggnog I agreed, full of festive ideas.
The history and origination of eggnog is hugely debated as some people think it was created in East Anglia centuries ago, some argue it’s American and some think it derived from a posset in Europe. Wherever it came from, eggnog is a Christmas tradition, which some people think sounds delicious, and for others it’s simply an eggy nightmare.
I wanted to get down to the bottom of my thoughts on eggnog – is it delicious, or is it dreadful? Can we grab a glass of this creamy boozy goodness and snuggle up on the sofa watching festive movies? Let’s find out.
In search of my perfect eggnog recipe I found this Jamie Oliver suggestion, which I have tweaked to make my own Christmas eggnog.
What you’ll need (to make 8 portions):
- 700ml whole milk
- 240ml double cream
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg, more for garnish
- 5 good quality eggs, separated
- 130g granulated sugar
- 175ml Woodford Reserve bourbon whisky
Whilst steeping is happening, grab a large bowl and an electric whisker. You will need to whisk the egg yolks and sugar until they are combined – you’ll know the mixture is ready once thick ribbons start to form when the whisk is lifted.
Mix in the milk (be careful that the milk isn’t too hot otherwise you will end up with chunks in your mixture! Your mixture is finished when everything is smooth and runs thickly… Yum. Add the bourbon and stir. At this point, I like to add in some ground cinnamon to the mix because I like strong flavours. The mixture is now ready to refrigerate overnight.
Before serving, whisk the egg whites so they form soft peaks and fold into the eggnog. Garnish with ground nutmeg and your eggnog is ready to be served!
So what’s the verdict on eggnog? It’s delicious and boozy! I think after 3 glasses you’ll be ready to snooze until Christmas morning! Between 5 people who tried this eggnog, everyone liked it except for one person who simply doesn’t like bourbon and would rather have it with rum. The recipe was a success! The best thing is that you can make a big batch and store the eggnog for 2/3 days, which means less time cooking and more time drinking. Please please please drink responsibly this season!! Even one glass of my eggnog made me slightly giggly – the drink is strong.
What festive drink is your favourite? Would you try homemade boozy eggnog?
*Thank you to Waitrose Cellar for providing me with a gift voucher to purchase all the ingredients needed for this recipe!