Below is my seasonal eggnog recipe. Eggnog is one of them “love it or hate it” types of drinks because of its distinct boozy egg yolk taste, theirs no in-between. Its origins are murky, although most people agree it originated from the early medieval Britain. By the 13th century, monks in Britain were known to drink a cocktail of sorts with eggs and figs. This was called a posset. Milk, eggs, and sherry were foods of the wealthy, so eggnog was often used in toasts to prosperity and good health.

The name, much like the history of the drink, is murky. Some say that eggnog comes from an Old English word for strong beer. Some say it came from noggin, a word for a small cup. Others say the name came from Colonial America where colonists referred to thick drinks as grogs and eggnog as egg-and-grog. 

Once american colonists got a hold of it they switched out the ale and sherry originally used for rum. Because rum was cheaper. 

In conclusion, eggnog is a piece of history worth trying at least once and you can start with the eggnog recipe below.

Easy Sipping Eggnog Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Litre Milk
  • 300 Grams single cream
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Whole Nutmeg
  • 250ML Dark Rum
  • 250ML Brandy
  • 10 Egg Yolks
  • 300 Grams Caster Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • 6 clove
  • 2 star anise

Method

Step 1 In a pan, on a low/medium heat, heat up the milk, cinnamon sticks, half the nutmeg, the cloves and star anise.

Step 2 Meanwhile, whilst the mixture is heating up. Move on to the second part of the mix. In bowl, Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until fluffy consistency. 

Step 3 After the milk mixture has been on heat for 5 minutes. Slowly pure it into the yolk mix whilst stirring. 

Step 4 Add 2 tsp of the vanilla extract.

Step 5 Continue stirring. once fully mixed together, Strain out spices, add the rest of the nutmeg grated over the top, Single cream, Brandy and Rum. Stir once more and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Step 6 Ladle into glasses, garnish with a grating of nutmeg and if you’ve followed this eggnog recipe fully, you should now have a delicious glass of white creamy goodness to sit back and enjoy!

After you've finished your eggnog. Be sure to keep up with the festive tipples and try out the easy sipping mulled wine recipe.