Holiday Eggnog

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Christmas is coming up pretty fast and the first thing I think about, even before I get the Thanksgiving turkey into the oven, is eggnog.  Eggnog is one of my favorite holiday drinks.  Now I know not everyone likes eggnog, but try this recipe.  You will find that freshly made eggnog is so much better than anything you can find in your local grocery store.  Most of the time I make this without any alcohol, but I included the amount for those times you want to add just a little kick to your eggnog.

1 dozen eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 cups milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup Brandy (optional)

1/4 cup rum (optional)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Beat the egg yolks in a bowl until smooth.  Combine egg yolks and sugar in top of double boiler over hot water.  Stir in milk and cream gradually.  Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture coats the spoon.  Remove from heat.  Refrigerate until chilled.  Beat egg whites until still peaks form.  Gently fold in egg whites into the chilled egg yolk mixture.  If adding the brandy and rum, gently fold it in.  Chill for several hours to allow the flavors to meld.  Stir in the vanilla just before serving, then grate nutmeg over top.  This makes enough for a party, about 24 servings.

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