A-Z Spirits and Liqueurs: E is for Eggnog

E is for….e is for….well I’ll admit my brain went slightly blank and I have opted for an obvious and incredibly unseasonal (for August) E is for Eggnog.

What is it? Traditionally a festive Christmas tipple, Eggnog in its most basic form is a creamy blend of whisked raw eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and either brandy or rum, with a sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon. There are literally hundreds, maybe even thousands of recipes, many passed down through family generations.

How can I enjoy it? As the sun is still out and we are definitely not in the Festive season (although it is only 3 months!), this recipe for Coconut Eggnog from the Eggnog Recipe Collection is more appropriate whilst we are clutching onto the last days of summer! For a zesty twist, try a sprinkling of lime zest to garnish.

Coconut Eggnog Ingredients

8 egg yolks
4 cups coconut milk or cream
8 tablespoons dark rum
6 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

Coconut Eggnog Directions

Into a large saucepan, pour the coconut milk/ cream and add the white sugar.
Heat BUT DO NOT BOIL over a medium heat.
In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the vanilla essence.
Into the bowl, pour approximately half the coconut milk & sugar mixture.
Whisk briskly.
Add the remainder of the coconut milk & sugar mixture.
Pour the combined mixture back into your large saucepan.
Wash out the large bowl because you’ll need it again in a few minutes.
Cook over a low heat BUT DO NOT BOIL, ensuring that you continuously stir.
Continue stirring until the eggnog thickens slightly – enough to be able to coat the back of a spoon.
Pour & strain the eggnog back into the (washed, rinsed & dried) large bowl.
Allow the eggnog to sit and cool until it becomes room temperature.
Stir in the dark rum.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight.
Just prior to serving, combine the ground nutmeg & ground cinnamon on a small dish, and sprinkle a little of the mixture on top of each served glassful of your delicious coconut eggnog!

Serves: 6.

Actually factual: It may not actually be true, but it is thought that the name Eggnog derives from “egg and grog” a Colonial term for the drink made with rum. This was then shortened to “egg’n’grog” and later, “eggnog”.

Photo taken from izik‘s photostream on flickr.

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