Aunt Kat's Creamy Eggnog

If you've misplaced your recipe for a classic eggnog cocktail, look no further. This creamy drink is sure to usher you into a sweet holiday slumber.

Yield: Makes 3 quarts
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 quart milk
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup to 1 1/2 cups bourbon*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1 quart whipping cream

Preparation

  1. Heat milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. (Do not boil.)
  2. Beat eggs and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale; gradually add sugar, beating well. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot milk into egg mixture; add to remaining hot milk, stirring constantly.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 25 to 30 minutes or until milk mixture thickens and reaches 160°.
  4. Stir in bourbon, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Remove from heat, and cool. Cover and chill up to 2 days.
  5. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into milk mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg before serving.
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Note:

*1 1/2 to 2 cups milk may be substituted for bourbon.

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