Last year, my brother visited Chicago over Christmas for only the second time. He had a litany of requests that we hadn’t tackled during his first visit, including stopping for a beer at the Billy Goat Tavern, a late-night snack from the Wiener Circle, selfies at The Bean (although that might have been my idea…) and finally, that I would make homemade eggnog on Christmas Day.
Now, I’m not sure how many of you have made eggnog recipes from scratch, but it’s a pretty thankless process that includes a lot of egg yolks and a lot of trial and error to get that perfect sweet, creamy consistency and taste. Especially, when there are much simpler ways to make a perfect festive cocktail for all of your holiday party needs.
International Delight has a delicious line of holiday beverages that make it simpler than every to create your favorite holiday drink recipes. In the refrigerated section of your grocery store, look for Milk Hot Chocolate and Dark Hot Chocolate, Vanilla Nog or Classic Nog, made with real milk and sweetened with sugar.
As most of you know, I have this little problem in the kitchen called, “I can’t just leave well enough alone.” Here I have this perfectly creamy eggnog, already suited to help make a simple holiday brunch into a special occasion, but instead I need to add cinnamon, bourbon…and well, a secret ingredient that really kicks this eggnog up a notch.
A few weeks ago I teamed up with my brother’s girlfriend to throw a little holiday-themed brunch for some of our relatives. The menu included Portuguese Baked Eggs, Savory Gruyere French Toast and Pumpkin Yoghurt parfaits, along with a cheese plate and some simple crudités. As usual though, our guests honed right in on the beverage bar, which offered two options: apple cider mimosas and the far more popular Spirited Cinnamon Eggnog.
If you’re thinking of hosting your own holiday-themed brunch, visit International Delight online to share how ID helps you capture the spirit of the season, for a chance to win a holiday brunch for friends and family hosted by International Delight. I’ll be making my holiday brunch — and my holiday eggnog — an annual tradition from now on!
- 4 cups International Delight Classic Nog
- 1 cup bourbon or brandy
- ⅔ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the first four ingredients, stirring until combined. Let simmer for about 10-12 minutes, stirring consistently, until mixture is warm.
- If you start to see bubbles around the side of the saucepan, continue to stir. You don't want the mixture to reach a rolling boil.
- When mixture is heated through, remove from heat and add cinnamon, stirring to combine.
- Garnish each glass with fresh grated eggnog, if desired.
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