When I was a child Christmas was one of my Momma’s favorite holidays. She went all out preparing her famous holiday cookies, fudge and homemade eggnog. It was truly one of the happiest times of the year for our family. She’d have the house decked out with holiday decorations, a beautiful tree with stunningly wrapped gifts underneath and Christmas music the whole season long. I swear she made dozens upon dozens of her holiday cookies, pounds of fudge and gallons of homemade eggnog. I don’t know how she did it all but I do know she made some of the best memories for us.
Momma and I loved the rich, creamy taste of her classic eggnog, but Momma didn’t like the idea of using raw eggs. So she developed this recipe and we enjoyed for years. Still to this day, I look forward to making this Holiday Eggnog Cocktail for Mr. R and I to enjoy. I prefer it with cognac while Mr. R prefers it with a fine bourbon. If you don’t like either you can use a good rum or simply enjoy it as it is. I hope you and your family enjoy this Holiday Eggnog Cocktail as much as mine has for generations to come.
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Yields 12 servings
30 minTotal Time
- 12 eggs
- 1 ¼ c. sugar
- 4 c. whole milk
- 2 t. vanilla extract
- 1 t. ground nutmeg
- 2 c. evaporated milk
- 2 c. half and half
- Combine eggs and sugar in a medium glass bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a saucepan and stir in whole milk, vanilla extract , and ground nutmeg .
- In a separate glass bowl, stir evaporated milk and half and half until combined.
- Heat egg mixture over medium-low heat while stirring constantly to prevent the milk from scorching. When mixture reaches 160 degrees on a candy thermometer, remove from heat and slowly whisk in evaporated milk mixture.
- Cool slightly before tasting. Add more sugar or ground nutmeg , if desired, before transferring to an airtight container. Refrigerate overnight or until thoroughly chilled. Serve in mugs and garnish with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks , or a dash of ground nutmeg .
Do you have a cocktail recipe that your family looks forward to every year?
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