Have you ever tried eggnog? The thought of drinking raw egg might seem a bit hideous to some of you, but after being challenged to try out an eggnog recipe by Waitrose Cellar, I can confirm, it’s pretty amazing! As a teenager in Cyprus, my friends and I used to drink Snowball cocktails over Christmas (advocaat and lemonade), but I’d never tried eggnog on it’s own. Here are some things you might not know about this unusual drink…
· Eggnog is made from a mix of cream, sugar, eggs, an alcoholic spirit and spice (the alcohol and spice you add is up to you)
· It originated in East Anglia, UK and not the USA which is a common misconception as it only travelled there in the 18th Century
· Christmas Eve is National Eggnog Day
· The ‘nog’ bit of Eggnog is taken from the middle English word ‘noggin’ – a small carved wooden mug traditionally used to serve the drink
· People all around the world create their own versions of this pudding like drink – there are no real rules
Waitrose Cellar gave me an eggnog recipe, but asked that I put my own twist on it. So I decided to go for two of my favourite things which I felt would work well – Amaretto and Meringue. I’m drinking it as I write this, and it’s seriously good!
For the meringue: 1 large egg (white only), 60g caster sugar
For the eggnog: 2 large eggs, separated, 25g caster sugar , 100ml Amaretto, 200ml whole milk, 150 ml whipping cream, cinnamon to serve
For the meringue
- Pre-heat the oven to 100C.
- Separate your egg and whisk the white until it thickens.
- Slowly add in the sugar and whisk until it forms stiff peaks (and you can hold the bowl over your head without it falling out!) You can also add a few drops of vanilla essence at this point, as it gives the meringue a little extra flavour.
- Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper.
- Turn the glasses you’ll be using to serve your egg nog upside down, place on the baking tray, and faintly draw around the rims. This will allow you to measure how wide your meringue needs to be.
- Spoon the meringue onto the tray, making sure it’s slightly bigger than the circles, so it will comfortably fit on top of the glasses.
- Bake in the oven for 40 minutes and allow to cool.
For the eggnog
- Whisk the caster sugar and egg yolks together until they appear fluffy, light and pale; try using an electric
- Bit by bit, whisk in the rum or bourbon. Finally whisk in the milk (the mixture may need to be whisked
again as it may separate over time).
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
- Fold your first mixture into the whites very gradually.
- Finally, whip the cream then fold into the mixture too.
If you like, sweeten with a little extra sugar. Ladle into punch glasses, place the meringues on top, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
*Contains raw egg, so it is not suitable for pregnant women, the elderly and those with weak immune systems.
Waitrose Cellar have a ton of great Christmas drinks recipes on their website here. Are you planning to try out any new drinks over the festive period? Let me know in the comments!
I was sent a gift card in order to purchase recipe ingredients by Waitrose Cellar, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.