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Thursday, December 22, 2005

World's Best Egg Nog


Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It's a time when nostalgic feelings and memories come alive. Memories of childhood days, having family close and just being there for each other. It's also a time to enjoy those simple pleasures that come around only at this time of the year. One of those pleasures is drinking egg nog. Drinking egg nog is a tradition that forms a basic part of the Christmas festivities. A few days ago I came upon a wonderful recipe that I'm sure you will enjoy. Thanks to Molly at Orangette for providing her great-grandfather's recipe and for the great photograph.

6 Large Eggs
1 cup Granulated Sugar
2 ½ quarts (5 pints) Half-and-Half
1 750ml Bottle of Brandy
1 cup Dark Rum
½ cup Bourbon
½ cup Dry Sherry
½ tsp Nutmeg

In a very large mixing bowl, beat the eggs to break up the yolks. Add the sugar, and beat on medium speed until the mixture is foamy and lightens a bit in color. Add the half-and-half, whisking to combine. Add the brandy, rum, bourbon, and dry sherry, whisking to mix thoroughly. Add the nutmeg, whisk to distribute it evenly, and chill until serving.