Handmade Eggnog: Creates Arm Pain, Soothes Arm Pain

20th Dec 2006

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Let's say you're just not feeling the joy you need to properly celebrate a festive party.  It's the holiday season, and you need a slightly alcoholic milk product to help you reach that next level of cheer.  The store-bought stuff?  Gluey and tasting of artificial thickeners.  You need some true, homemade eggnog--that's been established.  Perhaps you prepared for this situation and made the excellent looking nog from chow.com which takes three weeks (actually, up to a year) to age.  Or perhaps you're like us, and decided you needed eggnog right now .

With the nog it's all about the thickness, and to get that you'll need some nicely whipped egg whites.  Pretty easy if you have all the ingredients on hand and a nice shiny Kitchenaid mixer (or even a handheld one).  We had some excellent bourbon and rum, and enough heavy cream to send us home fat and happy.  That's when we realized we didn't have a mixer.   No problem, I thought.  We had a whisk.  I had an arm.  How hard could it be?  This way, it's truly "handmade" product.  All I had to do was whip the egg whites until "stiff peaks" appeared.  Here's what ensued:

If you've made it this far, the rest is fairly easy.  If you've passed out on the floor from the pain, just go straight for the bourbon.


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  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons Rum
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 heavy cream
  • Nutmeg

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Seperate the eggs into different bowls.

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Toss sugar into the yolk bowl.

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Mix that together.

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Add the bourbon and the rum.

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Add the milk and heavy cream.  Whip until slightly frothy.

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Whisk those egg whites until you get "stiff peaks".  Those with a mixer: you just need to turn it "on".  You lucky, spoiled jerks--you'll never know the true worth of a glass of eggnog.  Because without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain't as sweet. When it's done, fold the egg whites into the yolk bowl.

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Grate some nutmeg on top.  It's up to you how much you want.

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Pour into a cup, and let the holiday cheer surround you.


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