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Smoky Irish Eggnog

Smokey Irish Eggnog #Christmas #festive #holidays #xmas #recipe #cocktail

How about eggnog instead of mulled wine to sip on while trimming the tree this year? Eggnog is a classic holiday tipple that is enjoyed by many in America during the holidays. It is essentially a sweetened dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk or cream, sugar, and whipped eggs (which gives it a frothy texture). It can be made with or without liquor so it is perfect for both little ones and adults alike.

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Luckily (like everything) eggnog is better homemade. And, using fresh milk and cream from the farm to prepare it can’t be beat. For the grown up version, go with an Irish variation and add a jigger of the super smoky and spectacular Connemara peated single malt whiskey instead of using American bourbon and rum. I also used a drop of Bittercube Bolivar Bitters, (optional) which are very herbal with beautiful cassia and dried fruit notes. The result is the smokiest, most velvety smooth, fruitcake-y festive eggnog ever.

A perfect accompaniment for some Christmas mince pies.

Smoky Irish Eggnog

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar (you can use less if preferred, it will still taste lovely)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 whole cloves
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops of Bittercube Bolivar Bitters {or similar woodsy, fruity, herbal bitters} (optional)
  • 2-3 Tbsp of Connemara Irish Whiskey {or similar Peat smoked Whiskey or Scotch} (omit for kid-friendly eggnog)

Method

In a large bowl, use a whisk or an electric mixer to beat egg yolks until they become lighter in color. Slowly add the sugar, beating after each addition, whisking until fluffy.

Combine the milk, cloves, and cinnamon in a thick-bottomed saucepan. Slowly heat on medium heat until the milk mixture is steamy hot, but not boiling.

Temper the eggs by slowly adding half of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly while you add the hot mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. {Or, if you are nervous about scrambling, wait 5-10 minutes for milk to cool down a bit and then whisk in the eggs}

Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture begins to thicken slightly, and coats the back of the spoon. Do not allow the mixture to boil, or it will curdle. Remove from heat and stir in the cream, vanilla and bitters, if using. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove the cloves. Let cool for one hour.

Mix in nutmeg and whiskey. Chill.

Sip by the fire.

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