Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year. The fun, the songs, the good food. These are really the days in the year that I can look forward to. Every family has its own Christmas traditions and that’s what makes it so much fun! One of the main dishes that can be served at Christmas is duck a l’orange or Honey Glazed Duck Breast. Today a special Christmas drink: Eggnog. In this article, we’ll take a closer look How to make Eggnog.
What is the definition of Eggnog
The meaning of Eggnog is:
”Also familiar under the name Milk Punch or Egg Milk Punch, it’s a a rich drink on a milk base with some alcohol. Its a typical Christmas drink”.
So it is a drink that can contain alcohol. This is of course not necessary, you can also omit the alcohol. The drink is also known as eggnog or milk punch. You can drink it cold or hot and it is made with milk, whipped cream, sugar and eggs.
Before discussing the recipe, let’s take a step back in time to see the history behind the dish. Since 1878 we have known that the drink has many different names:
- Plain Egg nog
- Egg Milk Punch
- Milk Punch
- Baltimore egg nog
- General Jackson Egg nog
- Imperial egg nog
- Sherry Cobbler egg nog
- Sherry Cobbler with egg
- Mulled Clared with egg
- Egg Sour
- Sea Breeze
- Sarato Egg Lemonade
But where does this drink actually come from? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it looked like a strong beer brewed in East Anglia. They found that the word ”Nog” was first used in 1693. The word Eggnog was not used until years later. In the period 1765 and 1775 the word was used in America. The word Nog is meaning strong ale, it was written in a poem. So there are several stories where the name of the drink comes from. In addition, they are fairly certain that the drink originated from an English medieval drink called posset. This drink was made from warm milk with various spices added. In the past, this drink was used against a cold or the flu.
Today the drink is no longer used to treat a cold or flu. There are many different variations to make this drink. The base consists of milk or cream, sugar, raw eggs, alcohol and spices. The spices can be vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and more.
There is also the option of whipping the egg whites. You then get more of a frothy texture. I did not do this in my recipe that you can find below. The drink resembles a custard. Instead of milk, it is also possible to use condensed milk or evaporated milk. Other recipes use heavy cream or whipped cream. In addition, you can use different types of sugars including white sugar, light brown sugar, brown sugar or syrup. You can also add different types of alcohol. Think of brandy, cognac, whiskey, bourbon and rum. So you can make it as crazy as you want! It’s an ideal drink to try different things and make it just a little bit better every time. It is time to tell you which ingredients I have used.
Eggnog Recipe Ingredients
To make this fantastic drink you need the following ingredients: whole milk, vanilla extract, egg yolks, granulated sugar, cinnamon powder, clove powder, ginger powder, nutmeg powder, brandy and heavy cream. You can find the recipe below or watch the video on YouTube!
- Kitchen Machine
- 710 ml Whole milk
- 10 ml Vanilla Extract
- 6 Egg Yolks
- 220 grams Granulated Sugar
- 4 grams Cinnamon Powder
- 2 grams Clove Powder
- 6 grams Ginger Powder
- 5 grams Nutmeg
- 65 ml Brandy
- 354 ml Heavy Cream
- The first step is to add the 710 ml of whole milk in a sauce pan. Heat the milk up on medium heat.
- Add 6 Egg yolks to a mixing bowl. Mix the eggs with a kitchen machine or hand mixer.
- Add the 220 grams of sugar in different parts. Keep mixing the mixture while adding the sugar.
- When the milk is warmed up add the milk little by little. When the egg/sugar mixture is up to temperature pour it back into the pan with milk.
- Add 10 ml of vanilla extract.
- Reheat the mixture and stir for about 10 minutes.
- After ten minutes take the pan of the heat and sift the mixture.
- Add 4 grams of cinnamon, 2 grams of clove, 6 grams of ginger and 5 grams of nutmeg. Mix everything.
- Next add 60 ml of brandy and 354 ml of heavy cream.
- Let it chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour pour the eggnog into a glass and sprinkle some nutmeg on top.
Below you can find the most frequently asked questions:
What is Eggnog?
Also familiar under the name Milk Punch or Egg Milk Punch, it’s a a rich drink on milk with some alcohol. Its a typical Christmas drink.
Which ingredients do I need?
You need the following ingredients: whole milk, vanilla extract, egg yolks, granulated sugar, cinnamon powder, clove powder, ginger powder, nutmeg powder, brandy and heavy cream.
For how many persons is this drink?
The recipe is for 4 persons.