Another holiday season has come and gone, but that’s no reason to stop the cheer, merriment, and imbibing that accompany the times.
Surely you can find a day to get snowed in and make some beer nog… if not, take a personal day. 🙂
I’ve never been a big fan of egg nog. Maybe its the color, or the consistency of store bought that turns my stomach, but after combining two of my favorite things, Martha Stewart and beer – it’s safe to say… I’m a convert.
This nog base is a slight variation of Martha’s and it’s quite plainly – ridiculous!
Of course you’re more than welcome to take the nog “as is” and enjoy it in its natural state – but what’s the fun in that? Beer nog, the wave of the future, is pure heaven.
I’d recommend using a nice Barley wine style ale or maybe a Belgian Strong Dark Ale – basically, something with balls!
The layering of flavors in this drink is insane. Fluffy clouds of egg whites, paired with the sweetness and kick of rum, cognac and bourbon – all finished with the flavor explosion of a hearty beer.
I went with the delightful Victory Old Horizontal, Barley wine Style Ale. It’s a brilliant American style Barley wine that finishes dry, has a nice caramel, malted hops taste, and a raisiny smell.
What are you waiting for? Get to drinking!
12 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
1 1/2 quarts heavy cream
1 quart whole milk
2 cups bourbon
1/2 cup dark rum
2 cups Cognac
fresh whipped cream
Barley wine ale
freshly grated nutmeg
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat egg yolks until thick and pale. Gradually add sugar, beating until combined. Switch to the whisk attachment; beat in 1 quart cream and milk. Stir in liquor.
Prior to serving, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites into the mixture. Whip remaining 2 cups heavy cream until stiff and fold into mixture.
Fill large glass approximately 1/3 full of beer, preferably cellar temperature, ladle nog on top, leaving enough room for whipped cream. Top with fresh whipped cream and grated nutmeg. Enjoy!
Note – the nog mixture will stay for several days if refrigerated, so don’t be greedy – give some away!