As a kid, I looked forward to the eggnog my mom would buy at our local grocery store. My brothers and I would sprinkle it with nutmeg and drink the thick sweet liquid while listening to Christmas music. My parents would add a little Baileys or Kahlua – I never understood how good that combination was until I grew up a bit.
I hadn’t actually made homemade eggnog until a few days ago. It’s not difficult, but takes a bit of patience to whisk the liquid until it gets thick. All the effort is worth it, though. I mulled over different recipes for several days beforehand and predicted my “perfect” eggnog would include raw yolks. Boy, was I wrong! The cooked eggs create a caramel-custard flavor I couldn’t match with raw yolks. I prefer my eggnog spiked with a little brandy and sprinkled with a bit of nutmeg. Now that’s something I can look forward to.
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