Katryn and I made Eggnog last Christmas with our gingerbread cookies and we were both underwhelmed by the result, so this year we wanted to give it another shot. As we were sitting around wondering what could make our Nog extra special, I asked myself ‘what one thing can you think of that will make anything better?’ The answer, of course, was beer!
So this year, we removed a bit of the whole milk and replaced it with some nice, strong beer. The added malt and hop flavors add extra depth to the taste and the carbonation provides a lighter, frothier drink than the egg whites alone. (You’ll want to make sure the beer you choose has both strong malt and hop flavors. Roasted notes are nice as well. In our case we went with Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.) Another new addition to last year was a dash of vanilla extract for extra flavor depth. All together, we’d like to think that we threw together quite the tasty yule-tide beverage to enjoy in front of the christmas tree! If only we had one…
Ingredients (for two):
3 ounces (2 shots) bourbon – we used Knob Creek
6 ounces (4 shots) strong beer – we used Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
3 tbs. sugar
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Dash of Nutmeg
Separate the eggs. Combine sugar and egg yolks and beat until smooth. Add milk, cream, bourbon, and beer into yolk and sugar mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into rest of mixture and add a dash of nutmeg. Serve and add another dash of spice to the top of the drink.