Let’s face it, we’re all getting older as time goes by, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you’re working your way through your 20’s, you’re no longer some rowdy teen who has to sneak alcohol under their bed. If you’re a 30-something, you’re now officially an adult by everyone’s standards. With those changes in your age come some changes for how you celebrate the holiday season as well. You’ll be trading in toys under the tree for a fly pair of boots or a sweater you really wanted. Holiday parties are now a rare time to have fun with friends or impress that special someone as opposed to playing your Gameboy until it’s time to go home. When it comes to those winter potlucks, nothing hits home quite as well as an unusual dish at the Christmas kickback that gets compliments from everyone who tries it. The perfect seasonal canvas for this endeavor has to be your classic winter eggnog. Many people are unaware of just how much you can do with the milky dessert beverage, so here’s Royal Blue’s favorite recipes to keep you ahead of the pack.
For a Coconut Twist - Coquito
Now when serving up this one, you may want to use some caution, as coconut can be a pretty polarizing flavor, but this tropical variation is a hit with those who love it. This Puerto Rican eggnog uses your typical eggnog ingredients, but throws in coconut cream, cloves, and nutmeg to bring an island flair to this western drink.
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
• 2 cans of coconut cream
• 1 can of sweet condensed milk
• 1 can of evaporated milk
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 1 -2 cup of rum
• 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for about 5 minutes.
For Getting Lit - Martha Stewart’s Eggnog
Since getting out of the pen and landing a show with West Coast Gangster Rap legend, Snoop Dogg, we know Martha Stewart has earned a bit of street cred despite being known for home décor/improvement. That’s why it should come as no surprise that her specific recipe for eggnog combines 3 different types of liquor for those of us trying to get a little lit for the holidays. She combines the trifecta of dark booze; bourbon, cognac, and dark rum to make a very special boozy eggnog. Watch the video below for the full recipe.
Ingredients (serves 22-26)
• 12 separated eggs
• 1 1⁄2 cups of superfine sugar
• 1 quart of whole milk
• 1 ½ quarts of heavy cream
• 3 cups of bourbon
• 1/2 cup of dark rum
• 2 cups of cognac
• Freshly grated nutmeg
For Getting the Day (or Night) Going - Eggnog Latte
Who says you need Starbucks for a good coffee drink? This holiday, give your eggnog a jolt with not only the tried and true Baileys Irish Cream, but also throw in a healthy serving of black coffee to really distinguish the recipe. Just perfect for those holiday parties that go late into the night.
Ingredients (serves 4)
• 3 cups of eggnog
• 2 cups of strong coffee
• ½ cup of Baileys Irish Cream
• 1 dash of cinnamon
• 1 dash of nutmeg
Special Instructions: If serving hot, make sure the Baileys is at room temperature.
What’s your favorite holiday dish, and what special little ingredients do you like to add to your eggnog?