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A wee tipple to add a glow to your christmas festivities – EGGNOG

Now eggnog isn’t something traditional to us, although we did grow up with something similar called a “snowball” using advocat, which is made from brandy, eggs and sugar, so pretty much eggnog.

We’ve spent a bit of time researching eggnog and recipes because we were worried about getting things wrong and offending one of our lovely readers who holds this as a dear part of their Christmas traditions, but in doing that we found out that there are as many variations on this recipe and its apparent traditions, as there are friends in our life who drink it. So instead, we are sharing the recipe we think is the best, once we’ve made our tiny tweaks of course.

I should point out, we are using raw egg in this recipe, I know some people will be nervous about using raw egg in a recipe (especially if you are pregnant or maybe in a position to be susceptible to infection etc) so we just wanted to point this out. I’ll let you guys make decisions for your self on whether you think it’s safe to eat raw egg or not rather than go into the ins and outs of food safety.

What you’ll need – makes one drink cocktail style

  • 1 egg
  • 1 measure of sugar syrup (measures for us are 25ml)
  • 2 measures of double cream
  • 1 measure of bourbon (or rum choice is yours)
  • pinch of fresh, ground nutmeg
  • pinch of fresh, ground cinnamon
  • tiny pinch of fresh, ground clove
  • pinch of fresh, ground all spice
  • nutmeg to grate over the top
  • ice cubes

To start, add all your spices to your syrup and let it sit while we put things together.

Now, beat your egg, the whole egg, no need to separate the yolk and white. Beat it until it is smooth and pale in colour, then add to your cocktail shaker.

Next, add your syrup to the shaker and shake it, baby, really shake it up, you want that all mixed together and emulsified. It takes around 30 seconds of hard work. That’ll be your calorie burn so you can have your eggnog.

Next, add your double cream, bourbon (or rum) and top the shaker up with ice cubes, then …. you got it shake!

Shake this up for another 30 seconds or so to get it all mixed and the ice will chill it.

Serve in a glass mug or whisky glass, you can serve over ice if you want to keep it chilled.

Lastly, grate some fresh nutmeg over the top to add that extra christmas zing.

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