December 7, 2012

Toast the Beauty of the Holiday Season with Decadent Christmas Eggnog

Mother's sideboard buffet with sugared fruit rings and glittered reindeer!
Oh how lovely they sparkle in candlelight!

I had to smile when I unwrapped Luke's very first Christmas ornament!

One of my Victorian Santas. His robe is pink so of course,
I had to have him. Once again, he is about twenty-five years old.

I love reindeer. This is a white glittered reindeer
which has a place of honor on Mother's buffet sideboard.

She is entitled "Angels Kindness"

This is an ornament from a collection series that I collected over thirty years ago from Bradford. These little china angels are exquisite and ever so sweet. This is called "Gentle Hugs!"

This is Mother's "Friendly Village Green" Johnson Brothers china platter. I normally only use this at Christmas and Thanksgiving to serve appetizers. I absolutley adore this piece.

My collection of sugared houses...soft pastels of blue, pink and green...
aren't they magical?

This is an antique bisque china choir set which belonged to my mother. Each year, she would place these little choir boys and girls in the formal living room and I would play with them for hours. They are cracked and chipped, some even held together with glue. but oh how I love them. These are so treasured to me. That's Mae Mobley's "bird" out the window.

 Decadent Christmas Eggnog
2 quarts of whole milk (divided)
1 quart of half and half
4 eggs, well beaten
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 to 1/2 pint of bourbon
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla
Fresh Nutmeg
 Vanilla Bean ice cream, 1/2 gallon

Blend eggs and 1 qt milk in blender. Scald this mixture in a saucepan, (let it reach 180 on a candy thermometer while stirring constantly) Cool and then put in fridge overnight to chill.

Several hours before serving, put punch bowl in freezer. Combine in large container the chilled milk and eggs mixture, 1 additional qt of milk, 1 qt half and half, vanilla, salt, sweetened condensed milk and bourbon, then sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg. Chill in refrigerator.

When ready to serve, take chilled punch bowl out of freezer and scoop vanilla bean ice cream in rounded scoops in bottom of bowl. Pour eggnog over ice cream. Generously sprinkle on more freshly grated nutmeg and serve.


  1. Your sugared houses are gorgeous. What is it about little houses at Christmas? I just love them. Your home is very festive and thank you again for such a great recipe. It's a keeper. Deb

    1. Thank you Deb! Yes, little houses at Christmas just make us happy for some reason...I love them all too! I have served this eggnog as dessert and also at our holiday open house. I sometimes use rum or brandy instead of bourbon...also a separate batch for the children! It is so rich and yummy..


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