Festive Eggnog

Hello friends, happy Sunday! I hope you've had the most wonderful weekend. We've had a lovely time, full of gatherings with friends and loved ones. I write this snuggled under a blanket, with a hot cup of coffee beside me and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on the television. What a perfectly beautiful and Christmassy way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Today on the blog I'm delighted to share a delicious recipe for eggnog. It's so much easier to make than I imagined it would be, and it's a great drink to have in the fridge, ready for any friends that drop by over the holidays.

The lovely people at House of Fraser sent me these gorgeous glasses, and I knew that with their darling gold and hexagonal pattern they needed to be filled with something deliciously festive. So, eggnog it was. I've always been slightly nervous of trying anything with raw eggs in, but, as it turns out it's basically like custard with an added tipple. Perfect. The recipe I made is adapted from the classic one by Alton Brown. I just made the measurements a little easier for us Brits, and upped the measurement of bourbon a dash, for added holiday cheer.

Yield Depending on how much eggnog you fancy this recipe makes four tumblers worth {like the glasses in the picture}, or if you prefer a smaller measure it would serve more like 6-8 people.

Ingredients 4 eggs - separated into whites and yolks 1/3 cup caster sugar, plus an extra tablespoon 2 cups milk 1 cup double cream 1 cup bourbon {We used the good, American classic - Jim Beam} To make it a non-boozy version, just skip the bourbon and try adding a dash of vanilla essence! 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Method > In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they lighten. Gradually add in the 1/3 cup of sugar and beat until it all dissolves.

> Add in the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir it well.

> In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until they get to the 'soft peak' stage, I used my stand mixer, but a hand whisk would work well too. Then add the remaining tablespoon of sugar and whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks.

> Whisk the egg whites into yolk mix and pop in the fridge to chill.

> To serve, pour into a tumbler and grate over some fresh nutmeg. For extra fancy points, dip the rim of your glass into some vanilla extract and then into some shimmering edible glitter.

> Drink and enjoy. {Responsibly of course!}

Beware, this drink is very sweet and rich - so while a tumbler is the perfect glass for it, you might not finish the whole lot! I just loved using these sweet crystal glasses for this occasion. Since the glasses we were given for on wedding day are long broken and gone {such is life}, we've been making do and drinking from jam jars. And, while this is perfectly fine for day to day use, when you want things to feel a little more elegant it's nice to have some special, pretty glassware. It's worth noting though, that they are hand wash only. They're also half price right now, which is jolly good if you love a bargain. I know I do!

Onwards, to Christmas day! Do let me know if you try out this recipe - or if you have any other Christmas drinks recipes you swear by, I'd love to hear them.

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This post is written in collaboration with House of Fraser, but all the opinions within it are mine and mine alone. Hurrah!