12 Posts of Christmas Drinks Recipes

12 Posts of Christmas – Nick’s Eggnog Martini

My brother, Nick, is a really good cook. He’s pretty comfortable in the kitchen and doesn’t seem to have any qualms about trying new recipes. When I asked if he would share a recipe for my 12 Posts of Christmas, we both thought maybe a drink recipe would be fun. He sent over this Eggnog Martini recipe, by the one and only Martha Stewart, and it looked pretty tasty, so we made a batch while we were over for family dinner with my parents last Sunday.

Eggnog Martini

The recipe is essentially home-made eggnog and a whole lot of brandy. Yum! I’d always been a little nervous to attempt to make eggnog from scratch, as I thought it would be a little too rich for my taste, but this eggnog was wonderful. It was deliciously creamy and just slightly thickened. I think what made the difference is that this recipe uses just whole milk, where as some recipes also include cream, which I think would make the eggnog a little too rich for me.

Nick’s Eggnog Martini

– 1 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup cornstarch
– 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice, plus more for garnish*
– 8 cups whole milk
– 6 large egg yolks
– 3 cups brandy

* rather than buy pumpkin pie spice, we just made our own

Eggnog Martini Recipe

Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Place bottom of bowl in an ice bath; set aside. Off heat, in a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, and pumpkin-pie spice. Gradually whisk in 4 cups milk, taking care to incorporate the cornstarch. Whisk in egg yolks.

Whisking the eggnog

Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until the first large bubble sputters, 10 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute more. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir in remaining 4 cups milk. Let cool completely in bowl still set in ice bath.

Just before serving, stir in brandy, and ladle into glasses; garnish with pumpkin-pie spice.

Eggnog MartiniNick’s Eggnog Martini was delicious and it was fun to make our own eggnog after years of enjoying the store bought variety. I feel so lucky that I have such a great brother and that we actually enjoy spending time together. It’s also nice that he’s always such a good sport with all of my blog stuff. Thanks for suggesting this recipe Nick, I think it might have to be a new Christmas tradition! Although maybe next year you can do all the whisking? 🙂

Cooking with my brother

Also, there is still time to win, so don’t forget to enter my Hillaby’s Christmas giveaway!

Happy Sunday! Only 3 sleeps until Christmas!



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