You might assume that my brain instantly scales down everything to serve two. Not so. There are certain things I would never scale down. Like: chicken soup, chai flavored anything (except these pumpkin cupcakes), and most cocktail recipes. What am I going to do with an entire pitcher of margaritas? Wait, I know the answer! Moving on…
So, when my sweet, lovely, beautiful and talented blog bestie Erin told me I should scale down eggnog to make just two mugs, a light bulb went off in my head. Of course egg nog should be scaled down! Most recipes serve a crowd, requiring you to host a party to enjoy it. I wanted to make you a small batch of eggnog that you could whip up just as easily as hot chocolate. Eggnog should not be out of reach! It should be quick, easy, and appropriately portioned for a household not currently hosting a party.
So, here you go. I’ve made it several times, and I love the way it tastes just like melted ice cream. When I make eggnog, I go the cooked route. I just don’t want to risk raw eggs ever, ya know? So, this version is cooked all the way to a safe temperature. There are more than just health benefits to this–it also thickens the eggnog instantly. If you want to be traditional even with this fully-cooked version, you can fold in the (raw) beaten egg whites before serving, but it’s entirely up to you. I’ll give further instructions in the recipe below. A lot of things are adaptable and optional in this recipe, but one of the things that is not negotiable is Bourbon. You must add Bourbon. Ok, I’m kidding, I’ve had most of my mugs without Bourbon, but my husband really wants you to know that the Bourbon makes it incredible. *If folding the leftover egg whites into the mixture, use 1/2 cup of cream. If not, use 3/4 cup of cream.
*If folding the leftover egg whites into the mixture, use 1/2 cup of cream. If not, use 3/4 cup of cream.