Depending on your temperament, you either get to go to several Holiday parties, or you have to go to several Holiday parties. Everyone brings wine as a gift—easy to snag on the drive over, it’s true—but it’s time to be festive! Lean in to the holiday spirit and bring something that your hosts and fellow partygoers will remember as fun and respectable: a homemade eggnog.
You can buy eggnog at the store, but then so can anyone else. To show that you enjoy the chance to be around the people at your party, and that you want to give them something special, take a look at the recipes below. We’ve identified several recipes so that whether you’re a kitchen novice or pro, favoring just eggs and cream or something a little stronger, we have you covered.
“Lots of recipes for homemade eggnog call for extensive aging, but this recipe can be thrown together right before a holiday party.
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 25 mins | Makes: 4 quarts”
“Traditional recipes often call for bourbon and/or brandy, but this one allows rum to shine as the spirit of choice.
Refrigerate overnight, or serve immediately. Serves 18–20.”
Brown has a scientific approach to cooking that should appeal if you have an appreciation for chemistry. Or bourbon.
“Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 15 mins | Makes: 6-7 cups”
“It’s a bit of work to make, but well worth it. You’ll never buy store-bought eggnog again.”
Difficulty: Medium | Total Time: 30 mins, plus overnight refrigeration | Makes: A lot
5. A Portland Mixologist’s Eggnog (with video)
“It can be done entirely in a blender, so there are no whisks or beaters or rubber spatulas or stovetops needed. It yields two healthy servings, so you can easily multiply it to serve more. It doesn’t use a ton of heavy cream, so it’s fairly light. In other words, it’s practically perfect.”
This one has also has an optional tequila variant if you’re feeling adventurous.
So there you have it: go forth and make merry. And as always, do so responsibly. Safety is paramount, so keep the roads safe.
And if you try one of these recipes out, let us know in the comments! Or stop by Leith, Inc. and let us know.