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Eggnog with Nutmeg and Cinnamon

Here, eggnog is topped with sweetened whipped cream and freshly ground spices.

Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 whole nutmegs
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups brandy, Cognac, rum or bourbon

Directions:

Using a nutmeg grater or the smallest rasps on a handheld grater-shredder, grate the nutmeg until you have about 1 tsp. In a spice grinder or a coffee grinder reserved for spices, grind the cinnamon stick. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, 2 cups of the milk and 1 cup of the sugar. Place over low heat and simmer, stirring often, until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the remaining 2 cups milk and let cool.

In a bowl, using a handheld mixer or whisk, whip the cream with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the vanilla until soft peaks form. Set aside.

Strain the cooled mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and pour into a serving pitcher or a small punch bowl. Stir in the brandy. Serve the eggnog in cups or glasses, topped with a dollop of the whipped cream and a sprinkle each of nutmeg and cinnamon. Serves 8 to 10.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Christmas Entertaining, by Georgeanne Brennan (Simon & Schuster, 2005).