I love hosting holiday parties. This past weekend I hosted two and I have another coming up this Sunday. With my penchant for crafting and baking, hosting naturally follows. I always try to have something interesting and different at my parties and this year it was a fun twist on a white elephant gift exchange. Everyone brings a gift, grabs a gift they didn’t bring, and then one at a time pull a piece of paper that tells you who to swap gifts with (such as, the tallest person in the room, someone with blue eyes, or anyone!). It was loads of fun and made it extra entertaining. The gift my husband gave, made by me, was some homemade spiked eggnog. It could easily be made without alcohol. It will seem like a small amount of alcohol but the eggnog gets overwhelmed quickly. I was inspired by complete recipe‘s eggnog recipe. It is not cooked but the alcohol gets rid of the bacteria, if you wish you can warm the milk on the stove and then slowly add the milk in to heat up the eggs so they get cooked. If you wish to be exact the eggs need to reach 144 degrees. I hope you enjoy it as much as our friends did!
For the spiked eggnog recipe you need:
5 egg yolks
3/4 cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup light brown rum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of ground clove
To start with put the 5 yolks in a blender with 3/4 cup sugar.
Blend until a paler yellow and the sugar starts to dissolve a little bit.
Next add 1 cup heavy cream, 2 cups milk (warmed if needed), 1/2 cup rum (or not), and a pinch of salt. Blend for a minute. Then add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and pinch of clove. Mix for a second. You can use any mix of spices this is just what I liked and thought both smelled and tasted good. How you like your eggnog is pretty personal so feel free to improvise with the spices and the amount.
Put your eggnog in a bottle and let it cool in the fridge.
This was a gift that was well received and many people liked it. If you don’t like the eggnog at the store, you may like this. It tastes quite a bit different. I hope you enjoy it! Remember to live and let’s create!