Here’s our riff on an aged eggnog. We were inspired by the Death & Co. Vintage Eggnog. Please note that the ingredients below are per drink and you should batch these out in bulk to fit the glass bottles you have on hand.
- 2 ounce whole milk
- 1 ounce white sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 1 ounce heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 ounce Jamaican rum (Plantation 3 Stars, Appleton Estate Signature)
- 1/2 ounce cognac (Pierre Ferrand Ambré)
- 1/2 ounce high proof rum (Lemon Hart 151, Wray & Nephew Overproof)
- Garnish: whole nutmeg and cinnamon stick
- Glass: old fashioned
- Blend whole milk and sugar together. This may take a few minutes.
- Add eggs and blend briefly to incorporate.
- Add heavy cream and alcohol.
- Briefly blend. The danger of blending too long (or adding the cream with the milk earlier) is getting whipped cream or butter from your heavy whipping cream.
- Store in glass bottles in the refrigerator for as long as you can. At least overnight. Two weeks is better. Two months is even better.
- After aging, strain into a chilled rocks/old fashioned glass. Grate some nutmeg and cinnamon on top. Serve neat.
When we made a batch this year, we made four drinks worth. We split the Jamaican rum 2:1 Plantation:Appleton because we were basically out of Appleton. We split the Lemon Hart and Wray & Nephew 2:1 too because we wanted the funkiness from the Wray & Nephew but not all that funk!
Death & Co. originally called for a high proof whiskey like Old Grandad 114 instead of the high proof rum but, if you can believe it, we were all out of any whiskey in our house! D&C also called for an additional 1/2 ounce of Madeira wine but we had no Madeira, port, vermouth, sherry, Marsala or any other fortified wine. Apparently my inventory skills have fallen by the wayside. We felt the overproof rums brought enough alcohol to the table to make up for the missing Madeira though we’re not familiar enough with it to know what flavors we may be missing. Hopefully the tiki mantra of “what one rum can do, three can do better” will help out due to the splitting.
We’re late to the party this year and only have a week to until Christmas and two weeks until New Year’s Eve to age this. We’ll see how it does and we’ve already put notes on the calendar to make it earlier in the year next year.