The best eggnog of the season is the frothy, cloud-like homemade eggnog I make for Christmas cocktails. While I use raw eggs in my recipe, you should feel free to use pasteurized eggs if that concerns you. The results will be just as good.
Start to finish: 2 hours 15 minutes (15 minutes active)
4 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
Pinch sea salt
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, divided
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bourbon, to serve (optional)
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they are a light golden color, about 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add the 1/4 cup of sugar and the salt, beating until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the milk and half of the nutmeg, then beat until slightly frothy.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. With the mixer running, sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of the remaining sugar and whip until the egg whites form stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture until light and airy with no lumps. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Just before serving, place the cold cream in a large chilled bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat until the cream forms soft peaks. With the mixer still running, gradually add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and the vanilla. Beat until firm peaks form and there is no liquid left. Fold the whipped cream into the eggnog, sprinkle with the remaining nutmeg, and serve.
If you are spiking the eggnog, pour or spoon into glasses and add bourbon to taste to the individual glasses.
Per serving: 270 calories; 180 calories from fat (67 percent of total calories); 20 g fat (12 g saturated; 0.5 g trans fats); 185 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 8 g protein; and 120 mg sodium.