Makes about 3 1/4 cups

It's not the holidays without a cup of Spiced Eggnog. This classic beverage gets its spiced flavoring from whole cloves, ground cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat egg yolks in a large bowl until thick and pale. Gradually beat in sugar until blended.

Step 2

Stir together milk and next 2 ingredients in a 4-qt. saucepan. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or just until mixture begins to bubble around edges of pan. (Do not boil.)

Step 3

Gradually stir half of hot milk mixture into egg mixture. Stir egg mixture into remaining hot milk mixture in pan. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, 7 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon and a candy thermometer registers 160°. (Do not boil.)

Step 4

Remove from heat, and stir in cream. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer.

Step 5

Let cool 1 hour. Stir in nutmeg, vanilla, and bourbon. Chill 1 hour. Garnish each serving, if desired.

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