Eggnog is one of those traditions that has been around for centuries, and has only gained popularity. For those who don’t know, it is a milk punch made with milk, cream, sugar, egg, and alcohol. One of the most common liquors that it is made with is brandy.
he tradition originated in the United Kingdom, and is still most popular in Europe – but it has spread worldwide to every continent with a sizeable population. There are all sorts of variations and traditions associated with homemade eggnog that often times are specific to a certain country. The drink has gotten so popular that the drink, as a flavor, has extended past cocktails, to the coffee and cake world, for example.
- 1 ounce of brandy
- 1 ¼ ounces of milk
- ½ ounce of simple syrup
- 1 egg yolk
- In a cocktail shaker, combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
- Dry shake without ice.
- Fill the shaker with ice, then shake vigorously.
- Strain into a cocktail glass of your choice.
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
Eggnog can be made with rum, whiskey, or bourbon as well (bourbon is commonly used in the southern United States). The reason that it is important to shake the cocktail shaker vigorously after adding ice is to make sure that the egg is well-mixed. It should go without saying that no food should be made with raw eggs, as that leads to a salmonella risk. An egg substitute can be used for those who prefer not to use actual eggs. When it comes to garnishes, there are several options, but almost all are associated with Christmas, since the drink is widely known as a holiday treat. Therefore, one shouldnt be surprised that some of the most popular garnishes include dashes of nutmeg and cinnamon. A cinnamon stick is often commonly added as well, to make the drink a little more presentable. It should also be noted that there are so many variations of the eggnog, as some like to sweeten it up with honey, syrups, vanilla, and more.