The creamy lifeblood of the holiday season, Eggnog is the more pleasantly potable ancestor of Medieval posset, a super-thick mix of hot milk, spirits and spices. It experienced a rebirth in American colonial times when eggs, milk and rum were staples of everyday life. George Washington even had his own (insanely strong) recipe for this liquid custard that called for four different spirits: bourbon, rum, brandy and sherry. Our recipe only calls for two types of liquor: rum and bourbon. While that makes our version more approachable, you’ll find it’s still potent enough to get you through a long day of festive family time. And if it’s not quite enough, you can always turn it into Jello Shots.
- Separate the eggs, reserving the whites and yolks in separate bowls.
- Beat the yolks well, and continue to whip as you slowly add the sugar. Once the sugar is incorporated, repeat the process with the bourbon and then the rum. Next, whip in the milk and finally whip in the cream.
- In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites vigorously until they can form stiff peaks.
- Fold whipped egg whites into your eggnog mix. Stir in a pinch of nutmeg.
- Chill in the refrigerator at least an hour before serving.
Mix it Up
When Eggnog isn’t decadent enough, turn to the Tom & Jerry. Created by British writer Pierce Egan in the 1820s, it is not, as one might think, a reference to the famous cartoon cat and mouse duo, nor is it a nod to the great Jerry Thomas. Rather, it was inspired by Egan’s book Life in London Or, The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Ha...