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Well, we all know it’s that time of year… you know, the time of year when your pants get a little tighter, and your wallet gets a little slimmer. What am I saying? It’s the most wonderful time of the year- Gingerbread house making, cookie baking, present shopping, and most importantly eggnog sipping!
We at Crew & Lu, are huge fans of throwing events (as if you couldn’t tell). And during this time of year, one of our favorite party drinks to make, whether it’s for an event, or just throwing a family get together, is eggnog. There are so many different types of eggnog out there, so you have to find the recipe that’s right for you and your guests!
Here are a few we wanted to tell you about, and hopefully get you excited to make!
Egg nog recipe #1 via kitchen.com
This eggnog has the usual ingredients of: eggs, sugar, whole milk, heavy cream, nutmeg, and don’t forget the booze- either some bourbon, rum, or cognac (or get crazy and do a mix). The unique tip about this eggnog is to leave in the fridge for a day or two for the perfect blend of the ingredients. Add some fresh grated nutmeg on top, and voila! You have the perfect, classic eggnog to enjoy.
Egg nog recipe #2 via melskitchencafe.com
For the “I don’t want raw eggs or booze in my eggnog” type of eggnog drinker we found this gem of a recipe that you can enjoy with your kids, or people who are salmonella conscious. A little secret about me, I thoroughly enjoy eating raw cookie dough, without even thinking about the raw egg issue, therefore, finding this recipe made me feel extra guilty and seriously question my cookie dough eating vice.
The secret to this one, is cooking everything together in a saucepan and bringing to a simmer. After it’s simmering, slowly adding the cream mixture to the eggs, whisking vigorously, as to not scramble the eggs, instead just cook them. Pour entire mixture back into the saucepan and continue whisking until it reaches 160 degrees F, making sure to avoid the possibility of any raw eggs.
Remove from heat, add in the delicious vanilla, and pour into large bowl and refrigerate until chilled. This, my friends, is the absolute perfect family, aka kid-friendly, eggnog recipe to share with any and everyone!
Egg nog recipe #3 via skinnymom.com
With only a whopping 93 calories per 1/2 cup, you can enjoy the perfect amount of eggnog, feeling totally satisfied and in the holiday mood, without adding extra pounds. This recipe is prepared almost the exact same as the previous recipe we talked about, adding all of the ingredients together in the saucepan and then adding the mixture to the eggs and whisking away. The main difference with this eggnog is that instead of using whole milk and heavy cream (talk about adding calories), they replaced it with almond milk and combination of 2 eggs and 1 egg white and a dash of cornstarch. These small differences eliminate most of the high fat portions, while still tasting delicous. Remember how I mentioned not telling my husband? It’s because he honestly can’t tell a difference between the original and the skinny- how great is that!?
Egg nog recipe #4 via marthastewart.com
This is what I like to call the ‘easy as pie’ eggnog recipe. I don’t know about you, but whenever I want to make something, I rarely have all of the ingredients in my fridge to make it. Which means I have to load up my slow-moving two-year old, get to the store, which by that point I now have a screaming two-year old on my hands, and somehow make it back to my house with much less motivation to make what I had planned to make in the first place.
This recipe will take all of the chaos out of making an eggnog. With only 4 normal household ingredients: milk, sugar, egg yolks, and heavy cream, you can make this all holiday season long without spending the extra dough at the grocery store. Of course you have the option to add in some bourbon and nutmeg for some added delight!
Egg nog recipe #5 via wholeandheavenlyoven.com
The main thing that keeps me from making eggnog is how long it takes. When I get the craving for a holiday drink, I generally want it right then and there so I can get on with my holiday festivities. This recipe only takes 10 minutes, yes I said 10 minutes!! That’s the same amount of time it takes to help your toddler find his favorite toy.
For this recipe you whisk milk, cream, sugar, and egg yolks in a saucepan. Once it starts simmering and starts to slightly thicken, remove from heat and whisk in nutmeg and vanilla. Chill the eggnog for however long you desire and enjoy!
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and stay warm with some of these recipes!