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Triple-Shot Eggnog

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Serves eight.

Yields about 6 cups.

  • To learn more, read:
    Holiday in a Glass
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 96

In this version of the holiday classic, three traditional spirits come together for a cocktail with a kick. Whisking frothy beaten egg whites into the eggnog base makes for a much lighter and less cloying drink than those found in containers at the supermarket.

Browse our Drinks and Entertaining Guide for more classic cocktails.

  • 3 large eggs, preferably pasteurized, separated
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbs. brandy
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl until they just begin to turn a lighter shade of yellow. Add the sugar and a pinch of salt and whisk until thick and pale yellow. Whisk in the rum, bourbon, and brandy until well combined and then whisk in the milk, cream, nutmeg, and vanilla until blended. Chill the mixture, covered, for 4 hours or overnight. Keep the egg whites chilled separately in a medium bowl.

Before serving, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks with a hand-held electric mixer. Fold the whipped egg whites into the chilled yolk mixture. Serve immediately, sprinkled with a little freshly grated nutmeg, or chill for up to 4 hours. Whisk the eggnog until smooth before serving.

Note: The risk of salmonella infection from consuming raw eggs is very low—only about 1 in 20,000 is contaminated—but you can eliminate the risk entirely by using pasteurized eggs.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 270; Fat (g): fat g 15; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 9; Protein (g): protein g 5; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 16; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 80; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 125; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This Eggnog is AMAZING. It has been a huge hit at every Christmas party we go to. Follow the recipe exactly as directed. Will try a lighter version next time.

This recipe has gotten me invited to a lot of parties! Even with half the sugar, 2% instead of whole, and half n' half instead of cream - it's the best nog ever.

really, really good..... so many non-eggnog-lovers were totally enthralled with this eggnog... definitely goes in the file to use again!

We had this at a Christmas Eve party. I don't normally like eggnog, but this was fabulous.

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