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Dec 17

Love that Eggnog

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We went to Arnold's last night for a showing of Every Christmas Story Ever Told!! by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. It's my favorite show they offer all year, showcasing my favorite performers in the company. It's also completely unrelated to Shakespeare and a wonderful homage to Rankin-Bass, Charles Schultz, a Christmas Carol, and It's a Wonderful Life. Think of it as a Reduced Shakespeare sort of play – but with all the Christmas specials you know and love (with a little Sarah Palin thrown in for good measure).

While at Arnold's, Kevin had some of their famous eggnog. I have no idea how they make it at Arnold's, but it's quite the popular drink. As Kevin put it, "that's how eggnog should taste."

He's referencing eggnog we had the night before. Because I'm trying to get healthy, we have been buying Silk (soy milk) instead of regular milk. This time, we took a chance on the Silk Eggnog. Kevin added bourbon to his; I added brandy. Neither one of us was overly thrilled. In fact, I couldn't even finish mine. So I recommend passing on the soy milk eggnog this year, in case you're curious.

I've always been partial to brandy in my nog, and Kevin swears by bourbon. A late-night History Channel special (Christmas Unwrapped) told me differently the other day. Eggnog is made with rum. Apparently, "nog" is derivative of "grog," which meant any drink made with rum. I'm going to start using "grog" in my everyday communications, I think.

I still hold that eggnog uses brandy, and here's recipe – which I entered at the newly launched Foodista wiki – that I highly recommend. It mixes some of the best things in life together: melty ice cream, brandy, Kahlua, and cinnamon.

Yield: 1 gallon of egg nog

Ingredients

2

gallons vanilla ice cream, softened

â…”

of a 750ml bottle of brandy

2

cups Kahlua

ground cinnamon

Preparation

Step 1

Spoon softened ice cream into a punch bowl.

Step 2

Stir with spoon until ice cream is smooth.

Step 3

Pour brandy and Kahlua over the ice cream.

Step 4

Stir gently until blended.

Step 5

Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste.

Tools

About Egg Nog

Note: Leave ice cream out of the freezer for an hour or two to soften. It should be "melty."

TIP: Do not overstir brandy/kahlua/ice cream mixture or nog will be foamy.

Egg Nog on Foodista

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Posted by Michelle at 10:27 am in Recipes | Permalink | Comments (1)

One Response to “Love that Eggnog”

  1. I love eggnog too! The thing is I decided to pick up a bottle and look at the nutritional value’s on the back. To my surprise just one bottle of this stuff had 1300 calories!! I never knew how bad this junk was for you. I don’t care though, I’ll still drink it. Hey I like your blog and think my readership would dig it as well, Let me know if you want to swap links!

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