No drink is more closely associated with Christmas than eggnog, a rich and potent concoction of cream or milk, spices and a stiff dose of liquor, usually brandy or rum. This version, which also includes Madeira, would be perfect for serving to friends and family around the fire on Christmas Eve.
Boston Eggnog with Cardamom
3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) whole milk
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) brandy
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) amber rum
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) Madeira
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 Tbs. sugar
2 or 3 dashes of ground cardamom, plus more for garnish
2 or 3 pinches freshly grated nutmeg
2 cinnamon sticks for garnish
Select 2 old-fashioned glasses or mugs. Fill a tall cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the milk, brandy, rum, Madeira, egg yolks, sugar, cardamom and nutmeg. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into the glasses. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of cardamom and serve immediately. Serves 2.
Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining