The Only Eggnog Recipe You'll Ever Need

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eggnogI have to admit, it was a long time before I learned to love eggnog. As a kid, I found the holiday classic to be completely confusing: Why didn't it taste like a vanilla milkshake? It looked like a vanilla milkshake, kind of. Why didn't the brown powder on top taste like chocolate? And so on.

But now that I've developed a taste for nutmeg and appreciate the value of a good winter cocktail, I feel very differently about eggnog. My philosophy? If you're gonna do it, don't do it halfway -- that's why I love Paula Deen's recipe for Mama's Eggnog. Yes, Paula Deen! And no, there isn't any butter in this nog (but there is bourbon, which is better). Cheers!

Mama's Eggnog Recipe

Ingredients:

6 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1 pint heavy cream
4 pints milk
1/2 pint bourbon
1 tablespoon vanilla
Nutmeg

Directions:

In a bowl beat the egg yolks with the 1/2 cup of sugar until thick. In another bowl beat the egg whites with 1/4 cup of sugar until thick.  In a third bowl beat the cream until thick. Add the cream to the yolk, fold in the egg whites, and add the milk, bourbon, vanilla, and a pinch of nutmeg if desired. Chill in freezer before serving.

Serve eggnog in a large punch bowl.

 

Image via Dinner Series/Flickr

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