Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Eggnog - not just for getting drunk anymore

Have you tried eggnog? Of course you have. Everyone has, right? What about real, bonafide, full of liquor eggnog? It is potent stuff. I assume all the liquor is there to kill any germs from the raw eggs but still, a little dab will do ya. Personally, I'm more of a virgin eggnog drinker myself, though a tiny dash of rum is a nice addition. The grocery store variety is ok with me - no worries about uncooked eggs there - even if it does have a zillion calories per glass. It's still such a holiday drink that I can't help buying at least one quart.

Which, unless you drink it all, leaves part of quart hanging out in your fridge after New Years. So what to do with the stuff? I wondered that myself and here are some interesting alternatives to guzzling down the nog:

How about an eggnog cupcake with bourbon caramel cream cheese frosting? Or perhaps a stack of eggnog pancakes on Christmas morning or New Year's Day?

Had enough sweets? Ok, what about chicken with eggnog cream sauce or eggnog sweet potato gratin (same link). Perhaps a slice of eggnog bread would be good with the chicken.

But, in the end, if you just want to just drink your nog, and you are feeling extra friendly toward those kind folks at the liquor store, here's Martha Stewart's very own recipe. (Be sure to read the disclaimer at the top of the recipe; it does call for raw eggs.) You'll need plenty of bourbon, rum and cognac on hand.

Cheers, everybody!


Emily said...

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Angelena said...

I have never tried eggnog- I kid you not. I tried to try it- just couldn't get it past my lips. Then again I think I was 12 at the time. I may have to give it another go this year.

forsythia said...

Thank you, but I think I will just guzzle down the nog. Yum.

Buck said...

Lorraine makes an eggnog cake that is so easy and extremely yummy. I think she makes about a gazillion of them every year. You should ask her for the recipe.

rosemary said...

i dearly love eggnog.....i may slip this season and actually drink some. My dad used to make it from scratch somehow (this would have been in the late 40's)and i got to have a sip only on New Years Eve. He even had special cups for the concoction. Loved it.....and yes it had alcohol in it!!!

Miss Healthypants said...

I really really don't like eggnog...but maybe if it was spiked with something, it would be tolerable to me. *smiles*

Anonymous said...

Our local paper yesterday had a little article on eggnog. It tells of how to make homemade nog. I guess that one cannot compare until they have had the real thing, so the article says. I may have to try making some myself this year.
Have a great day,