Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snoop Dogg Loves His Nog

Dear Tricia, Our milkman dropped off a couple of recipes yesterday using Egg Nog. One recipe is Egg Nog Bread Pudding and the other is Egg Nog French Toast. Do you have any other suggestions (other than adding some good booze) for this seasonal drink?

No, my only suggestion is adding good booze. Just kidding, that's only my gut-reaction suggestion. I'll give you some other ideas too.

In addition to your email, I got a question from a friend wondering what kind of alcohol to add to egg nog for a wow-inducing cocktail. (No, seriously. The instructions were that it had to "wow" someone. I'm not making that up.) While I am not personally a fan of eggnog (thanks Stomach, and your lactose-hating evil ways), I am a fan of coffee. And I know that during the holidays, people freak out over eggnog lattes at Starbucks. It's like, come November, everyone's Facebook statuses suddenly change to "It's Egg Nog Latte time!" "Gingerbread Lattes are the best!!" "I love my sugary, overpriced seasonal coffee beverages!" So my thought was an eggnog latte martini:

3 parts eggnog
1 part espresso vodka

Shake it with ice and strain into a martini glass. Top with a little grated nutmeg.

If you happen to have an espresso machine in your home (lucky), then foam a little bit of milk and put that on top. Then you get an ice cold, yummy martini, complete with hot foam. Why, hello there temperature contrast. Don't mind if I do!

If you're not a fan of boozy drinks, then I do have a couple of ideas for you.

1. Eggnog pudding= its super simple: buy a packet of instant vanilla pudding mix. Follow the recipe on the side of the box that will tell you to add 2 cups of milk to the pudding mix, stir, and chill, except use eggnog instead of milk and add an extra 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. You can eat it by itself or pour it into a pie crust to make eggnog pudding pie. But make sure you say it like Bill Cosby, otherwise it won't work.

2. I love the eggnog French toast idea, and just wanted to share with you all how freaking easy it is. Instead of dipping your bread in egg, just dip it in a bowl of eggnog. There's already eggs in the eggnog (what a brilliantly obvious statement) so you'll still get delicious, crusty pieces of breakfast heaven. Add some rum to your syrup to top it with and find a comfortable spot to take a nap on in your post-breakfast nog coma.

3. If you have an ice cream maker, dump that stuff in the ice cream maker and turn it on. Done. No, seriously, a basic ice cream recipe consists of cream, milk, eggs, and sugar. Guess what eggnog is made out of? Nope, you're wrong. It's not made out of holiday magic and sparkles, it's made out of cream, milk, eggs and sugar. Put it in an ice cream maker, turn it on, and when it's frozen, put a spoon in it and put the spoon in your mouth. Crazy good, right?

By the way, if you want a fancy coffee drink without the hooch, try adding some eggnog to your coffee instead of milk. It'll save you $4 that you would have spent at Starbucks, and then you can save up your money to buy me a Mr. T cookie jar or a Christmas sweater featuring a snowman wearing gold chains like Snoop Dogg's. Street cred, yo.

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