You know what I've always found to be quite peculiar? The way that our preferences, taste, and style evolve over time. Even in a matter of months, really. The reason I say this is because I recall sampling my grandmother's eggnog at my mom's house just last year on Christmas and spitting it out like it was flaming gasoline. I hated it. After all, it was store-bought but, I can't blame that fact entirely. Actually, I didn't even realize that I enjoyed eggnog until I took a leap of faith and made this recipe at home myself.
The holidays tend to be my favorite time out of the whole year. With the overwhelming feeling of generosity, family togetherness, and festive activities and events to attend to, who wouldn't love the holidays? A huge part of that for myself and my family is the food and cocktails. We all love to gather around the kitchen to create and test out new recipes together.
This year, as I was pondering my relatively new devotion to full-bodied red wine, and the enormous shift since childhood in favor of mashed potatoes, I came to the conclusion that maybe I should give eggnog a second chance at winning me over as well. After all, it's not eggnog's fault that my grandmother only introduced me to the store-bought version.
I was then thinking about how I hadn't used my giant ice cube mold in a long time and that it might be feeling quite forgotten so, I pulled that sucker out and tried to freeze the whiskey overnight. Toootal fail. Guess it's no secret that I'm not exactly a liquor connoisseur. But, I was determined to create a strong, cozy cocktail for the Winter so I tried again. That's what blogging is all about. I make the mistakes and a huge mess of my kitchen and you, my readers, benefit from the end result, right? So, I froze the eggnog (after I almost devoured it while cooking) and, in turn, it made for the most exquisite, festive looking cocktail to serve guests during the holidays.
So, today I'm sharing my twist on the traditional, homemade spiked eggnog recipe to make your guests feel happy, festive, and definitely drunk. (P.S. - please drink responsibly; no one wants to end up in the clinker on Christmas Eve) Enjoy!
(Makes 5-6 cocktails)
Tip: If you don't want the cocktail as strong, just add less whiskey and more homemade eggnog to fill in around the frozen cube.
I hope you all enjoyed my homemade spiked eggnog recipe! Let me know how your cocktail turned out in the comments below.
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