Rest of Post - We do a lot of searching and reading on the internet and in the blogosphere. One of the sources we trust is Jeff Morgenthaler's Blog, which we read regularly. So when Jeff said he had spent time experimenting and liked his results, we thought we ought to give his recipe a try. Since we are always pouring for a crowd, I plugged his recipe into my spreadsheet and made 3x the amounts, however here is the starting point:
2 large eggsBeat eggs in blender for one minute on medium speed.
3 oz sugar
½ tsp freshly-grated nutmeg
2 oz brandy
2 oz spiced rum (Sailor Jerry’s)
6 oz whole milk
4 oz heavy cream
Slowly add sugar and blend for one additional minute.
With blender still running, add nutmeg, brandy, rum,
milk and cream - blend until well mixed
Chill for at least an hour. You want it to be (1) cold and (2) to let the flavors combine. I've always been skeptical about this (2), but since my experience with Jasper's Jamaican Planter's Punch I've become a total believer.
Serve in chilled wine or champagne glasses, sprinkle additional nutmeg on top before serving.
Compared to what I've been making previously, this eggnog is rather thin - low on body and "mouth feel", but long on taste. In researching this I've seen a LOT of recipes that call for mixing egg yolks with warm milk or doing a very limited amount of cooking of the egg yolks - I didn't find many specifics on increase in thickness / body, but the photos made it look thicker - and more yellow.
This recipe yields a nog that is warm brown color (not yellow), and smells good, flavors are rummy and buttery, People said it was "gorgeous", "good blend of alcohol and flavor," "quite lovely", "almost pepperminty."
We really liked Jeff's recommendation of Sailor Jerry's spiced rum - somehow the whole drink had a nice buttery flavor, and it was more pleasant than Captain Morgan's - which has always seemed fine previously. One thing we did discover this year is that Applejack blends extremely well with eggnog, in fact its fairly hard to taste in eggnog, so if you are looking to spike your eggnog in a very subtle way*, get a bottle of Lairds, or preferably Laird's Bonded.
We have four related research projects for next winter - November / December 2010 - stay tuned!
- Eggnog recipes which involve cooking of some kind
- Tom & Jerry - strictly speaking, not eggnog
- NSFW!!!! Jeff's Clyde Common Eggnog (this is a link to Playboy.com). Same recipe as above, but a different combination of liquors
- Aging Eggnog! Check out Old but not Lethal and Science Friday on Eggnog (and the Rockefeller Institute)