One of my earliest holiday memories is learning to make eggnog with my Maternal Grandmother. She lived in Shelbyville, Indiana and drove up to spend Christmas with my family in our home in Indianapolis. It was 1979 and I was 5 years old. My Grandmother brought with her an old cookbook, which had been my mother’s: The Better Homes & Gardens Junior Cookbook (Pictured above). We used the recipe in that book and made a delicious, frothy nog that wedged pleasantly in my mind. The recipe that follows is loosely based on that recipe that I made a million times. It has been updated with more, ahem, “grown-up” flavors.
a dozen eggs
12 T white sugar
1 pint whipping cream
1 t vanilla extract
4 cinnamon sticks
Freshly ground nutmeg
12 T Bourbon
When you are entertaining this holiday season, give this golden oldie a whirl. You’ll be shocked at how delicious it is and what a festive cocktail it makes at your holiday party. Of course, you can omit the bourbon for a “virgin” version.
Cheers to making memories with your loved ones!
Elizabeth Morse cooks professionally, is an Advanced Master Gardener and lover of all things local.