‘Tis the season for a delicious mug of creamy, nutmeg-y goodness.
I’ve been wanting to taste the difference between homemade eggnog and a bottle of Dean’s thick and creamy store bought eggnog. I have discovered that homemade eggnog is SO. MUCH. BETTER. The two aren’t even on the same plane of goodness.
I wish I’d have doubled the recipe before making a batch for my family’s Christmas Eve party, because it was gone within minutes. We loved it so much that we made it again the next day.
Adding a drop of cinnamon or cassia essential oil will give it a much deeper flavor than ground cinnamon from the shore. Cassia oil gave it an especially unique sweetness. Ahh!! I love my oils! Just make sure you only use one drop…they are potent and it may ruin the flavor of the actual nog should you use too much oil.
Below are photos of the process, so that you can see how it should look. The actual recipe is at the bottom of this blog.
Here’s the recipe I used, and will be using every year from now on. It is simple and easy to make. Give it a shot if you have some extra time!
EGGNOG WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 drop cassia or cinnamon essential oil (see note in red below)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
5 eggs, separated
2/3 cup granulated sugar
In a saucepan, combine milk, cream, cinnamon oil, vanilla and nutmeg. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. Once boiling, remove from the heat and allow to steep.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar until combined and thick ribbons form when the whisk is lifted. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to mix until the mixture is combined and smooth.
Before serving, beat the egg whites in a large bowl or stand mixer until soft peaks form. Gently fold into eggnog until combined. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days in a tightly sealed pitcher. Or serve immediately. If refrigerated, shake it before you serve it. Garnish with grated nutmeg or cinnamon. Serves 8.
I hope you love it as much as we did!
FYI – Not all essential oils are created equal. Most oils are adulterated, contain fillers and contaminants and come from Lord-knows-where. The oils I use give full disclosure of their countries of origin, and they are third-party tested for absolute purity. They are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade, and extremely potent. If you would like to use this brand, please comment below and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction.
**[PLEASE NOTE: According to the compliance rules of the FDA, I am unable to disclose my favorite oil company’s name in the body of this blog, but you can comment below with your email address, and I’ll send you the link, along with some great educational materials on essential oils.]