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cocktails: Classic Egg Nog

I didn’t expect to like egg nog the first time I gave it a try, and I was totally right. I hated it. A few years after my first experience, I decided to give it another go. I whipped up a batch from scratch and the outcome was totally different. This has been my go-to recipe ever since. It’s cloud-like, frothy and festive, with the perfect hint of cinnamon. You only need a little bit to satisfy your Christmas craving!

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Making a big batch is a no brainer and creates less work for you. Pour the cocktail into a punch bowl and allow guests to ladle their own portions. Don’t forget to leave out cinnamon and nutmeg for guests to add their own garnish.

Classic Egg Nog // serves 10 – 12

8 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
a pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup Brandy
1 cup Dark Rum
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
freshly ground cinnamon or nutmeg

In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks, brown sugar, and salt until thickened and pale in color, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in cream and milk, followed by the brandy, rum, and vanilla. In a separate large, clean bowl, whip egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Gradually add granulated sugar and continue whipping until firm, glossy peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Transfer cream mixture to a large serving bowl and fold in egg whites with a rubber spatula. Ladle portions into glasses and sprinkle with freshly ground nutmeg or cinnamon.

I’m really loving these glasses for serving up this festive drink. Have a good weekend!

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