Vanilla Spice Eggnog
Calling all eggnog fans! You’ve never had eggnog quite like this Vanilla Spice Eggnog. It’s creamy, delicious and tastes like a combination of vanilla and heaven. Seriously, it’s just that good.
It’s always a split room when it comes to those who love eggnog and those who don’t. We’re on the side that favors it and we look forward to making it every single year. The thing about eggnog though is that it really is a seasonal treat. Can you imagine sitting outside in the hot summer heat and sipping away on eggnog? Crazy, right?
This holiday eggnog recipe is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit.
What do you add on the eggnog to add a bit of flavor?
Once you pour the eggnog in your cup, you can add on some cinnamon and sugar to give it an even sweeter taste. While eggnog usually isn’t overly sweet, there’s no reason that you can’t make it that way! Of course we already added vanilla extract and vanilla bean to this eggnog for extra flavor but feel free to make this your own in any way you like.
Can you drink your eggnog right after it’s created?
While you technically can, you really should wait. Having it sit in your fridge overnight will yield the best taste and flavor.
Are you supposed to drink eggnog warm or cold?
In our house, we drink it cold! I don’t know if drinking it hot is actually a “thing”, but it’s not a way that we’ve ever tried and don’t plan on trying either.
What would you add to eggnog to make it an “adult” beverage?
If you’re looking to give your eggnog a little kick, people will usually add in some whiskey, brandy, bourbon or even some rum. It’s totally up to you as to what you want to spike it with.
If you’re looking for a simple eggnog recipe that you can easily make at home, don’t overlook this Vanilla Spice Eggnog. It has an amazing flavor and texture that you’re really going to love.
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Calling all eggnog fans! You've never had eggnog quite like this Vanilla Spice Eggnog. It's creamy, delicious and tastes like a combination of vanilla and heaven. Seriously, it's just that good.
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 vanilla bean - seeds from the bean
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 2 tbsp. cream cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Remove eggs from refrigerator and allow them to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. (This will make the eggs easier to temper if they're room temperature rather than cold).
In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, pinch of salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together until well combined, and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, heat the heavy cream, milk, vanilla, and vanilla bean seeds over medium to medium-high heat - STIRRING CONSTANTLY - until the mixture comes to a soft boil. Turn the heat to low.
With a ladle, slowly, pour a ladle full of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, while whisking to combine and temper the egg mixture. Add another ladle of the milk mixture to the egg mixture, and whisk again
Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan with the milk mixture, and stirring constantly, cook the Eggnog for 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool. Refrigerate overnight for best results.
Choose the stencil you prefer to use. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the cream cheese, and two tablespoons of the heavy cream, and blend until smooth and creamy.
Add the remaining heavy cream, and the powdered sugar, and with the whisk attachment, mix on low until all ingredients are blended. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl, and blend again on low to mix.
Turn mixer to high, and beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form, and hold their shape, about 1 minute, or so. Turn off the mixer, and set the whipped cream, mixing bowl and all, in the refrigerator.
When time to serve the Eggnog; fill 6 - 6 to 8 ounce coffee mugs or glasses about 3/4 full of Eggnog. Add whipped cream on top of each glass, and smooth level with the top of mug or glass.
Hold the chosen Stencil over the Whipped cream, and sprinkle cinnamon on the stencil to form the design on the top of the whipped cream Serve, and Enjoy!
NOTE: It's best to plan ahead with making Eggnog, as it really should be refrigerated overnight and served completely chilled. You can make the whipped cream ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator, or you can make it just before serving. I prefer to have this all done ahead of time, and then all you do is assemble the Eggnog, place a cookie or two on the side, and you have a stunning presentation in very little time. ALSO: You can use canned whipped cream if you choose, but it won't hold up as well as this recipe, because this recipe is for stabilized whipped cream, that won't fall like regular or traditional whipped cream. You can also use Cocoa if preferred instead of cinnamon. Enjoy!