I remember such a specific Christmas when I felt I had it all together. My head was fully attached and on straight. Gifts were purchased in June and wrapped in November. The tree was bought and put up the day after Thanksgiving. The lights were on the house and lit every night.
I sincerely wonder/hope/pray if my life will ever feel that way again. If the holidays will ever feel that way again. I have great hopes that they will. I understand this is just a busy season in our lives. I also understand that there are positives that can come from this time, that are coming from this time.
I’m learning how to focus on what’s really important and let other things go.
I’m taking stock of what I already have and parting with things that no longer move or serve me.
I’m getting a jump on planning next Christmas.
Yes. You read that right. I am planning next Christmas already and this one hasn’t even come to pass. Next year – I want to do an entirely handmade holiday! I want to do cookie trays and packages of spiced nuts and jars of sugared cranberries. I have a list running of things that I plan to do. Because, if nothing else, 2019 has been the year that has turned me into a better planner.
This eggnog for instance. I plan on giving it to my clients as part of their holiday gifts. Just as a small token of my appreciation for trusting me with the work I do. This eggnog will be a part of it. But! It takes time. At least two weeks, according to Alton Brown. I started mine two weeks ago, so it’s ready now. And will only get better as we approach Christmas Day.
If your head is on straight, or even if it isn’t, you’ve still got time to make this eggnog. That’s why I’m sharing it now! Why I made mine so early, so I could share it with you, and you could share it with others! It would be lovely for any holiday party you may be hosting or to use as any last-minute gift that needs giving.
This recipe for Homemade Eggnog uses three types of dairy and three types of booze to create a thick and luxurious Christmas cocktail! A bit of sugar and dash of nutmeg provide sweetness and depth, helping to marry all the flavors. Pour into 16oz. mason jars to age and then tie with a beautiful ribbon to give as a lovely, homemade (and drinkable!) gift!
- Active Time: 15 minutes
- Inactive Time: 2+ weeks
- Total Time: 15 minutes, 2+ weeks
- Yields: ~6 pint jars
- 12 large egg yolks
- 1 pound sugar
- 2 cups half-n-half
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup spiced rum, I like Havana Club
- 1 cup Brandy, I like E&J VSOP
- 1 cup bourbon, I like Woodford Reserve
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
Directions: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and pale and mixture runs off whisk in a ribbon. While the eggs mix, stir together the dairy and booze in a large pitcher. With mixer on low, slowly pour in liquid, increasing speed to medium-low and mixing until just combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure there’s no eggs or sugar sitting at the bottom. Stir in nutmeg before pouring into jars. Close tightly and let sit in fridge for at least two weeks before gifting/serving. Shake well and top with a sprinkle of nutmeg, if desired, before serving.
*Recipe is Alton Brown's Aged Eggnog Recipe