NEW ORLEANS —
Homemade Egg Nog
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups milk
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 kosher salt
- 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and creamy.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk, nutmeg, and salt. Stir often until mixture reaches a light simmer.
Add 1 big spoonful of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Repeat, adding 1 big spoonful at a time, to temper the eggs. Once most of the hot milk has been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the saucepan on the stove.
Whisk constantly for just a few minutes, until the mixture is just slightly thickened, or until it reaches about 160 degrees with a thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Pour the eggnog into a pitcher and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled. It will thicken as it cools. If you want a thinner, completely smooth consistency, you can add the entire mixture to a blender with 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk and blend until smooth. Store homemade eggnog in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
For tasty drink, serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, and fresh whipped cream.