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eggnog.jpgLessley Anderson, senior editor of, serves up creamy, thick eggnog and other egg-based cocktails.

Best Eggnog
By Jonathan Hunt of
Total: 10 minutes, plus 3 weeks for aging
Makes: About 1 gallon

CHOW note: Unlike most eggnog recipes, this one calls for aging the eggnog for at least 3 weeks prior to consumption (or up to a year, says Hunt), to allows the flavors to meld. Chow aged the eggnog in the refrigerator in a clean 1-gallon jug, and it worked just fine.

For the eggnog:
12 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 qt (4 cups) whole milk
1 liter (about 4 cups) bourbon, such as Jim Beam
1/2 cup Myers’s dark rum
1/2 to 1 cup good Cognac or other brandy
Pinch kosher salt
1 whole nutmeg

To serve (optional):
10 egg whites
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

For the eggnog:
Separate egg yolks and whites. (Reserve egg whites for another use, such as egg-white frittata). Combine yolks and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until well blended and creamy.  Add cream, milk, bourbon, rum, Cognac (use the good stuff), and salt, then stir.

Bottle it right away and refrigerate it until it's ready. (An old liquor bottle works great, as do 22-ounce bail-top bottles, available in brewing supply stores. Jonathan's grandfather keeps the eggnog in the garage for 3 weeks, stirring occasionally, then bottles it. But aging in the garage is not recommended because the temperature can fluctuate.)

It's traditional to wrap the bottle in aluminum foil, shiny side out, together with a fresh nut of nutmeg tucked into the foil for grating later. Keep refrigerated for at least 3 weeks, or up to a year if you can.

To serve (optional):
Jonathan serves aged eggnog on the rocks with some freshly grated nutmeg on top. If you want to serve the eggnog in the traditional way, pour it into a punch bowl. In separate bowls, whip 10 egg whites and 1 1/2 cups heavy cream to soft peaks and fold them into the eggnog. Serve in punch cups, garnished with freshly grated nutmeg.

Note: If you decide to bottle the eggnog, follow the step-by-step guide we created for our feature Make Your Own Soda Pop. Be sure, however, to refrigerate the bottles right away. Unlike the soda recipes, eggnog does not ferment (so there’s no danger of explosion); it just ages under refrigeration. The actual bottling process is the same, though.

Ramos Gin Fizz
Makes: 1 drink
This egg white and cream cocktail is a classic brunch accompaniment, but it’s delicious enough to drink on its own.
Recipe courtesy of Rob Chirico's Field Guide to Cocktails.

2 ozs gin
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 egg white
1 oz heavy cream
2 tsps superfine sugar
1/2 tsp orange flower water
Cold club soda

Vigorously shake the gin, lemon juice, lime juice, egg white, cream, sugar, and orange flower water with ice; then strain into a 10-ounce highball glass without ice. Pour in club soda to fill.

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