Boozy Eggnogs: Recipes to Brighten Your Spirits

Back in the mid-90s, I was a young software engineer. To close out the year, we’d have an in-office Old Fezziwig-style holiday party, replete with great food and drink.

One of the engineers, Mike DeDominic, would whip up a couple of gallons of a homemade boozy eggnog that we’d enjoy while working through the day. I lost that recipe years ago but I thought I’d pay him homage this holiday season by finding (and making) some great eggnog recipes.

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1958 Eggnog Recipe

Let’s start with the classic: the 1958 Eggnog recipe from Craig Claiborne, The New York Times food editor and restaurant critic. The late Anthony Bourdain once said he never buys eggnog at the 7-11 but instead uses “the old Craig Claiborne recipe.” It’s probably the only Eggnog recipe you’ll need. In fact, in researching this article most of the recipes I came across were variations of this one.

Aged Eggnog

Ok, I lied, it’s not the only recipe you need. This next nog comes from Alton Brown. Alton’s delivers an aged eggnog which, according to him, could be stored for months in your fridge. This recipe sounds so amazing I don’t know how anyone could keep it around long enough to age.

Eggnog with Tequila

The next recipe from cookbook author David Lebovitz is an interpretation of Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s eggnog recipe. This one substitutes tequila for brandy.

Vanilla Bean Eggnog

Recipe blogger Sabrina from My Three Seasons has her own take on eggnog. She modified an eggnog ice cream recipe to make her eggnog base. The addition of vanilla bean adds complexity and enhances the bourbon.

Ponche Crema – Venezuelan Eggnog

Finally, let’s take a trip to South America to enjoy this delicious Venezuelan variation on eggnog. Ponche crema is traditionally enjoyed at Christmas time. What makes it different from traditional eggnog is the sweetened condensed milk and Venezuelan rum.

Your turn

All of these eggnogs are delicious and will beat the pants off the overly processed stuff you’ll find in a store. If you try any of these let us know in the Facebook group.

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