Liquid Holiday Cheer


By The Stay-At-Home-Chef

Eggnog has always been one of my favourite holiday consumables. I adore the intense flavour of nutmeg, the rich and velvety texture that just begs for it to be added to pretty much everything. Cookies, pancakes, French toast, trifles, cupcakes…you name it and I’ve probably added eggnog to it at some point. But by far my most coveted way of enjoying this holiday treat is in a glass mixed with rum and a splash of Amarula (my brother-in-law’s secret ingredient).

While I have been a fan of eggnog ever since childhood, it is something that I have never attempted to make myself. To be honest, the whole raw egg thing kinda freaked me out. But by all accounts homemade is best so I was determined to give it a try this year. Then I picked up the winter issue of Edible Vancouver which included a recipe for old-fashioned eggnog. After speaking to our contributing writer Helena McMurdo who photographed the article and raved about the recipe, my mind was made up: the time had come for me to set aside any qualms and whip up a batch of nog.

Now I should add a disclaimer that whenever you consume raw or lightly cooked eggs there is a possibility of exposure to salmonella bacteria, which can be particularly harmful to more vulnerable people such as children, the elderly, pregnant women or others with weak immune systems. For more information on this topic along with some handy dandy egg safety tips, you can visit The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s site.

Now that the nitty gritty is out of the way, let’s get back to the recipe!

Kera Willis is the person responsible for my new appreciation for eggnog, and it is her family recipe that is included in the Edible Vancouver article. The process involves whipping egg yolks with sugar, to which you can then add the alcohol of your choice (rum is the most common option although brandy is also a coveted addition). Whipped egg whites are then folded into the yolk mixture, and the whole thing is finished off by folding in a litre of whipped cream along with some freshly grated nutmeg.

The results are incredible and to be honest I’m not sure if the English language has enough adjectives to accurately describe its perfection. Impossibly velvety, this eggnog is unlike any I have ever tasted. The level of creamy goodness is so far beyond that of regular commercial variety eggnog you can’t really compare the two. The texture is incredibly thick and rich – the ultimate boozy milkshake! It is perfect for sipping, savouring and moaning over this holiday season, and we will definitely be making another batch to ring in the new year in style (and taste!)

For a copy of the recipe for Old-Fashioned Eggnog please visit Edible Vancouver

12 comments on “Liquid Holiday Cheer

  1. Food, Je t'Aimee on said:

    You have NO idea how envious I am of your experimentation and success with homemade egg nog! This has been on my to-do list for years but I always ‘chicken’ out. Har har. (But really, I do!)

    There may not be enough words in the English language to describe it, but “impossibly velvety,” “creamy goodness,” “thick and rich,” and “the ultimate boozy milkshake” were excellent choices! 😉 You’ve inspired me. I will definitely be trying this recipe.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Aimee :) It’s a great recipe…highly recommend giving it a try. Happy New Year!

  3. Asmita on said:

    Hi Jasmine,
    Love this space you have here. The egg nog looks yummy!!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

  4. Margo, Thrift at Hom on said:

    I so agree – homemade eggnog is THE BEST. We started a tradition of having it for Christmas breakfast (minus the rum!) with salty buttered bagels and fruit salad. It’s so delish.

  5. Anita Menon on said:

    Do you really have that many cook books ( I went and checked out your Reviews section). Thats a whole lot. Mighty impressed.

    I would love such a collection sometime.
    The egg nog looks delicious.

    Happy New Year.

  6. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Hahaha…yes Anita my collection of cookbooks is rather out of control (to say the least!) All reviews are from my collection minus the ones submitted by our contributing writers. And new spring release titles are on their way (yikes!)

  7. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Asmita – glad you like the site! And I highly recommend this eggnog recipe…sinfully good! Happy New Year :)

  8. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Margo I love the idea of serving homemade eggnog xmas morning…fun! This year we made it xmas eve and enjoyed it while helping Santa out 😉 And then again as a special drink for new year’s eve. Thanks for your comment :)

  9. Baker Street on said:

    OOh! I love homemade eggnog. I tried some myself and used it for baking muffins. Yours looks perfect! I’ll be over for a glass soon.

  10. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    An – like there was any leftovers 😉 Darn. Guess I’ll have to whip up another batch in honour of your visit!

  11. Oh, this looks so good, I want one, now.

  12. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Yes – very tasty indeed :)

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