DIY Advocaat

20121230-231729-diyvsbuy-advocaatIf you want to inject a little Dutch hospitality into your Christmas, try Advocaat! Though it’s often called Dutch eggnog, this treat is a creamy brandy custard with a pudding-like texture.

(makes about 4 servings)

10 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
cinnamon to taste (about 1/8 teaspoon)
2/3 cup vodka
1 cup brandy

Put an inch of water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce to low heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Whisking and pour in the liquor.

Place the bowl over the simmering water and whisk as it cooks. When the mixture is thick enough to form a coat on the back of a spoon, it’s done cooking. (about 8 minutes or least 130°F). Take the bowl off the heat and whisk in vanilla. Transfer into a glass container and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours before serving.

The recipe I created and posted here was first published on Serious Eats in my DIY vs. Buy column.

Mixing it up Egg Nog Style

Black Spiced Rum Egg Nog from Design*Sponge

Egg Nog season is heading our way, so it’s best to be prepared. Before you go out and buy a carton of alleged Egg Nog, consider making your own. There are so many fun variations to try! Last year, I rounded up some unusual variations on Egg Nog as well as the traditional recipe. But that doesn’t even begin to cover the big old world of Egg Nogginess. So here’s some more:

Jen Altman’s Black Spiced Rum Egg Nog ~ This is a twist on typical egg nog, using spiced rum and honey to add some more depth to the drink.

Rompope ~ Known as “Mexican Egg Nog,” this drink is creamy and eggy like we need it to be. However, it’s only made with the yolks so it has a more custard-like flavor (and it’s a bit easier to mix up).

Advocaat ~ Continuing the Egg Nog Around the World Tour, this is a Dutch Egg Nog that is actually similar to Rompope. It’s also more of a brandy custard since it uses only the yolks. However, the Dutch version doesn’t include any milk so it’s a bit richer and has a more pudding-like consistency.

Winter in Bowmanville ~ Made with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, scotch, and Calvados, this Egg Nog has a different flavor profile than the usual Egg Nog. The eggs and cream keep it noggy, so you won’t forget that it’s Christmas.

Egg Nog Jelly Shots ~ You can always ditch the drinkable version altogether and make adorable little Egg Nog jellies!

Eggnog for Everyone

Not Your Nana's Nog from Saveur

Eggnog is the official drink of Christmas. Lots of people seem to hate it, but I think it might be because they’ve only had the stuff that comes in a carton. Homemade Eggnog is rich, creamy, and (if made correctly) super boozy. It’s delightful!

So before you deck the halls, let a fantastic Eggnog light up your holidays:

Classic Eggnog ~ This recipe on Savvy Housekeeping is the one that convinced me I loved Eggnog. (Yes, I was an Eggnog hater.)

Spiced Chocolate Eggnog ~ Chocolate and a little cayenne pepper turn Eggnog into an exciting gourmet experience. Thanks, Martha!

Butterscotch Eggnog ~ Are you feeling fancy? The New York times offers a more savory take on Eggnog made with smoky Scotch whisky.

Not Your Nana’s Nog ~ Though the name is a bit silly, this Eggnog recipe from Saveur sounds wonderful. It uses Creole Shrub orange liqueur and spiced rum, which should please Tiki enthusiasts.

Coquito ~ I guess this isn’t really an Eggnog, since it contains no eggs. But it’s a festive Puerto Rican drink that’s like Eggnog with a tropical twist. It’s made with coconut milk and rum, and it’s soooo good.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Eggnog ~ Christmas is just a bad time for a diet, so why not go all out with an Eggnog that’s like a dessert. Eben Freeman shared his recipe with Food & Wine, and I have to say I am tempted.