Dec 24th, 2018
First Posted
Dec 25th, 2016

Christmas Eggnog

Eggnog is something I drink 1 day of the year. Christmas morning. We all have our traditions ingrained by our childhood; for some people eggnog is just another vehicle for consuming alcohol; I think my mom spiked ours with rum one Christmas eve when we were a bit older; but generally it was something we drank while opening presents on Christmas day.

First things first: eggnog is one word. Don't be a doody-head and call it Egg Nog.

If you want to mess around with raw egg yolks feel free, but there's really no reason in modern times. We have the McArthur dairy; which is the only dairy worth paying more for.

Santa on the label. These guys know what they're doing.

You're drinking eggnog 1 day a year, so don't buy the store brand to save $1. It's not as good. McArthur's is as close to perfection as there is; if you made it yourself there would only be a small chance that it would be as good.

The trick with store eggnog is that you have to dress it up. It's very easy to make it so good that you'll never know it wasn't made from scratch.

Whipped Cream

Whipped cream transforms store-bought eggnog into a creamy drink that's the stuff of kings. My mom made whipped cream with heavy cream, a spoonful of sugar and a dash of vanilla extract. No need to beat my chest and try to improve on that recipe.

One thing different is that my mom used an electric mixer and a glass bowl. I've learned that if you put a stainless bowl in the freezer it makes the whipped cream much faster. I have a kitchen aid, because who wants to spend Christmas Day nursing a sore arm?

A pint of whipped cream, a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of vanilla extract into the bowl and you turn it on. You really don't need to write any of this down.

A few minutes later you have thick, pillowy whipped cream. Just don't forget about it because you don't want butter in your eggnog.

Now you just "fold" it in. I've never really known what that means, but you mix it together without getting it all over the counter.

I happen to have some whole nutmeg in the cupboard, which is a LOT better than a 3 year old shaker of pre-ground stuff.

You'll never see the word Yum on this site, except on Christmas day. This stuff is really good. But only once a year.

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