Traditional Christmas Beverages

Traditional Christmas Beverages this holiday season…..

When it comes to traditional Christmas Beverages nothing says Christmas like eggnog.

EGGNOG: 

A rich sweetened dairy based beverage. Traditionally made with: milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks. In some cases, brandy or rum are added to the drink.

Below is a family friendly recipe:traditional christmas beverages

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream or half and half for a light version
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Put the milk, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and 1/2 tsp vanilla into a large saucepan. Put it over the lowest heat setting on your stove for 5 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar for 1 minute.
  • Turn the heat under the milk up to medium-high heat. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Stir the milk constantly until it just starts to boil then immediately turn off the heat.
  • Slowly whisk in about 1/4 of the hot milk into the egg/sugar mixture. Then pour all of the egg/sugar mixture back into the saucepan and whisk it all together. Put it over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes. It will thicken a bit.
  • Pour the hot eggnog into a large bowl or beverage container and let cool at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, stir in the heavy cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and nutmeg. Store in the fridge and allow to cool for at least 4 hours before serving.

Vegan Eggnog???

Yes! It’s a real thing. Click here for the recipe.

Fun Fact:

Eggnog originated from a Medieval British drink called Posset.

Posset, a hot milk drink that was curdled with wine or ale. Spices were added for flavour. Also used as a cold and flu remedy in the Middle Ages. Monks were known to drink a posset with eggs and figs.


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