wake me up in 2020

homemade eggnog

Like half of America and 99.7% of the people I follow on Facebook, I am shocked and disheartened and confused about the results of the US election.

eggnog spices

earl grey tea man in milk

I don’t want to make this a thought piece on what it means (to me, or to the world, or about the state of the union) that Trump won, because there are enough of those on medium.com and Thought Catalog and everyone’s Facebook everywhere.

whipped egg yolks and sugar

homemade eggnog

Instead, I am taking the weekend to myself. I am signing out of Facebook, curling up with my dogs, and finishing re-reading We Need to Talk About Kevin. I’m turning on my bed heater and lighting apple spice candles. I’m making homemade eggnog, and I’m heavily spiking it with Spicebox Whisky (because Trump. Seriously, America?)

homemade eggnog

homemade eggnog

Homemade Eggnog, two ways:

Earl Grey Eggnog

Ingredients

  • one cup whipping cream, not whipped
  • two cups milk (I used 1%)
  • one tablespoon loose leaf cream earl grey tea
  • six eggs, separated
  • three quarters cup sugar, divided
  • half cup Spicebox Whisky

Directions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream and milk to scalding (just before a boil).
  2. Steep the loose leaf tea in the scalded milk for at least 5-10 minutes. If you’re cooling the eggnog before serving, you can leave the loose leaf tea in with the eggnog to develop even more flavour.
    Note: I used a loose leaf tea man to keep the tea leaves out of the milk. If you don’t have one, you can add the leaves in loose and then pour the eggnog through a sieve before adding the egg whites (step 7).
  3. Separate the egg yolks and whites. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with two tablespoons of sugar until they make soft peaks.
  4. In another clean bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until it is a pale yellow.
  5. Temper the egg yolks by pouring in a little bit of the spiced milk, and stirring until well mixed. Then pour the egg yolk mixture back into the main milk pot. Stir well.
  6. Stir in the whisky.
  7. Fold in the egg whites and serve (I prefer my eggnog warm, but you can also let it cool in the fridge before serving).

Traditional Eggnog

Ingredients

  • one cup whipping cream, not whipped
  • two cups milk (I used 1%)
  • two cinnamon sticks
  • one vanilla bean (or just the pod, if you have leftovers from using the beans for another recipe… may I suggest shortbread?)
  • about a teaspoon of fresh grated nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • six eggs, separated
  • three quarters cup sugar, divided
  • half cup Spicebox Whisky

Directions

Follow the directions above, but steep with the cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and cloves instead of the loose leaf tea.

homemade eggnog

2 thoughts on “wake me up in 2020

  1. I ask this whenever I dream about homemade eggnog, mainly because my own anxieties prevent me from truly enjoying it — any concerns about uncooked/unpasteurized eggs? I made this a few years ago when dairy was still bothering my insides, but I could never relax into the drink. 🙂

    What instrument is that dude chilling out in your pot? He’s awesome!

    1. Sorry for the delayed response… I responded in my head ages ago, but sometimes things don’t actually escape there. I don’t have any personal anxieties over uncooked/unpasteurized eggs, though I do try to use the freshest ones I can find (ideally at a farmer’s market). There are lots of cooked homemade eggnog recipes out there though!
      And the little tea guy is a Mr. Tea silicone tea strainer 🙂

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