Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
Learn how to make a traditional eggnog drink with our easy recipe. This classic Christmas cocktail is ready in only 25 mins! Traditionally served at Christmas, eggnog is a frothy and creamy mix of milk, eggs and sugar lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg which can be served either warm or chilled. This recipe serves 4 people but if you're making it for a larger amount of people or for a party we'd recommend doubling the quantities. Cook for a little longer too. For an adult version you can replace 100ml of the milk with brandy, rum or whisky. To give your glasses a decorative touch, brush the rims very lightly with a little water, that has been boiled then cooled, and then dip in cocoa powder mixed with a little ground cinnamon.
- 600ml whole milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 85g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 100 ml double cream
- 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
For a simple festive pud, spoon some cherry or apricot compote into the bottom of 6 individual glasses and spoon over chilled egg nog. Dust with cocoa powder and serve with crisp wafer biscuits.
- To start making this lovely winter or Christmas cocktail, place the milk and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and heat until almost boiling. Cool for 5 mins then remove the cinnamon stick.
- Place the eggs and sugar in a bowl and, using an electric whisk, beat together until pale and thick. Gradually whisk in the hot milk. Return to the pan and heat gently, stirring all the time until just thickened. Cool for 15 mins.
- Place the cream in a bowl and whip until holding soft peaks. Gently fold the cream into the egg mixture. Divide between four glasses, sprinkle with nutmeg and serve immediately or chill in the fridge for 2 hrs before serving.