Eggnog can be a pain to make, and most store-bought versions fall flat. But we can’t go through a holiday season without making this easy eggnog recipe, which is the quintessential festive drink. You can make a pretty damn good easy eggnog using high-quality store bought vanilla ice cream. Here’s our super quick and tasty recipe—perfect for your next holiday gathering.–Eric Prum and Josh Williams
LC Better Than Eggnog Note
‘Tis true, it’s just not Christmas without eggnog. But not just any old eggnog. This eggnog. Using melted ice cream is a spectacularly brilliant trick, and not only does it save you the hassle of making your own custard, it actually improves upon the classic. “All the richness of eggnog, none of the heaviness,” is how one of our testers expressed what this easy eggnog recipe delivers. Amen, er, Alleluia to that. Oh, and if you’re up to a little math, you can multiply the ingredients and make this lovely little keeper of a recipe suit a crowd rather than a couple.
Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker; coupe or martini or old-fashioned glasses (optional)
Easy Eggnog Recipe
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- Serves 2
- 1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) bourbon
- 1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) dark rum
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream (1/2 to 3/4 cup), slightly softened
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus a pinch for garnish
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus a pinch for garnish
- 1. Chill 2 coupe or martini or old-fashioned glasses or whatever stemware you’ve got before you do anything else with this recipe.
- 2. Add the bourbon, rum, ice cream, cinnamon and nutmeg to the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. (If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can blitz everything in a blender.)
- 3. Divvy the creamy eggnog concoction between the glasses. If you want, add a pinch cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish. Serve the eggnog without delay.
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