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How to make Eggnog

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Eggnog is a dairy-based drink made with milk, sugar and eggs. Most recipes also include some form of alcohol, although you can make it without. Traditionally, Eggnog is drunk in the US around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, however its popularity is increasing in the UK (although similar drinks have been found to have existed throughout European history). It's the perfect wintery drink, creamy, warming and with a nice little kick from the booze. There are hundreds of recipes for Eggnog ranging from a simple, put everything in the pan and heat, to some interesting methods using modern culinary techniques. The recipe below is tried and tested, can be made at home, and is guaranteed to make great creamy and tasty Eggonog.
What you'll need: 
2 pints whole milk
6 free range eggs
50g/2oz caster sugar
1 vanilla pod
150ml Brandy
100ml Gold Rum
Split the eggs into yolks and whites, keep both. Beat the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is pale and has a fluffy texture.
Adding a little at a time, slowly beat in the Rum and Brandy.
Split the vanilla pod and place it into a pan with the milk. Warm over a low heat for around 10 minutes to infuse the milk with the vanilla flavour. Stir regularly.
Whisk the egg whites into peaks.
Fold the egg yolk mixture into the whites bit by bit making sure you constantly stir the mixture to stop it from 'splitting'.
Add the egg mixture to the milk. If you would like your eggnog warm, continue to heat gently until warmed though, otherwise remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Ladle into glasses and serve with freshly grated nutmeg over the top.
The eggnog can be served hot or cold depending on what you prefer. Links to other recipes are included below.
If you don't like nutmeg then cinnamon or even chocolate powder works really well


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