If there is one drink that screams holidays and Christmas it might just be the classic eggnog. But when celebrating Christmas in July, it’s not available in stores for us to snag and sip. Luckily, there are plenty of recipes out there to help us make some holiday magic happen at home.
Considering there are so many recipes out there, we decided to turn to the king of the kitchen, the walking foodie encyclopedia – the Alton Brown. As the longtime host of any number of cooking shows and competitions on the Food Network, Brown has been a fountain of knowledge for so many of us. And this includes one of our favorite shows, Good Eats, a show that gave us information about a wide range of foods and products, while also teaching us ways to cook and eat these foods.
It is because of his foodie knowledge and the many times that he has shown us how to make things right at home that we turned to Alton Brown for a quick and easy recipe for eggnog. And while this recipe might actually seem like a lot of work, it is actually a really easy recipe that will only take about 15 minutes to make happen.
So if you are planning some Christmas in July fun and you want to make your own eggnog for this gathering, you need this recipe in your life.
Alton Brown’s recipe for homemade eggnog is perfect for Christmas in July
What you need:
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 egg whites
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1 pint of whole milk
- 3 ounces of Bourbon
- 1 teaspoon of fresh grated nutmeg
What to do:
While they recommend a stand mixer for this recipe, when Alton Brown made this on Good Eats, he used a hand mixer, so either option can be used.
In a bowl, beat the egg whites until they lighten in color and also start to thicken. Next, you will take the 1/3 cup of sugar and gradually mix it into the egg yolk mixture. Beat together until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add in the milk, cream, nutmeg, and Bourbon until everything is mixed. Take this mix and put it in the fridge to chill.
After that mix is in the fridge, you’ll take the egg whites in a separate bowl and whisk them until the whites form soft peaks. Now add in the tablespoon of sugar and continue beating until the egg whites form stiff peaks.
Remove the chilled mix from the fridge and whisk the egg whites into the eggnog custard. Make sure everything is combined and then chill the drink until it is time to serve.
Seriously, this is one of the easiest eggnog recipes I have seen and it doesn’t require cooking, making it a win-win. (If you want to cook the eggnog, Alton Brown includes those steps in his recipe as well.) This is a perfect opportunity to make a homemade eggnog for Christmas in July and maybe try something new once the holidays roll around for real.