“A Nog Isn’t Just for Christmas”

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Eggnog

For many people eggnog is considered a festive drink served in the Christmas season.  It need not be so, however, especially with some of the recent cold snaps, such as “The Beast From The East” in the UK. This sweet warming drink is a real winner as a hand and tummy warmer, and it can be made as dairy and non-dairy/ and alcohol and alcohol-free versions.

The drink’s origins may come from adaptations to the Medieval posset recipes, but became more of a tradition in the British colonies of North America where wines were replaced by rum or bourbon.

A traditional version (dairy and alcohol) calls for –

Ingredients:

  • Whole Milk 1 1/2 cups (350ml)
  • Double Cream 1/2 cup (120ml)
  • Cinnamon 1 tsp ground
  • Nutmeg 1 tsp ground
  • Eggs 3 separated
  • Sugar 1/3 cup (65g)
  • Rum or Bourbon 1/4 cup (if used) or a little less just for flavour

Method:

Combine the milk, cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a pan. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. Once boiling, remove from the heat and allow to set.

In a bowl beat egg yolks and sugar until it thickens. Then slowly whisk in the milk mixture and continue to mix until it is smooth. Add the alcohol and stir.  Whip the egg whites until they begin to peak and then stir into the mixture. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg and serve warm.

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Dairy free, alcohol free, no added sugar option

A non-dairy, no sugar added, alcohol free (virtually so allowing for any content in essences or extracts) version has the following –

Ingredients:

  • Coconut Milk Drink 1 1/2 cups
  • Coconut Milk 1/2 cup tinned
  • Cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg 1 tsp
  • Eggs 3 separated
  • Stevia 2 Tbs plus 1 tsp
  • Vanilla or Rum essence* 1/4 tsp (to flavour)

Method:

Combine the milk drink, coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a pan. Bring to the near boil over a medium heat. Once the solids from the tinned milk are fully liquified, remove from the heat and allow to set.

In a bowl beat egg yolks and 2 Tbs of sweetener until it thickens. Then slowly whisk in the milk mixture and continue to mix until it is smooth. Add the essence.  Add the remaining Stevia to the egg whites and whisk until they begin to peak and then stir into the milk mixture. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg and serve warm.

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