Georgia has the best peaches and everyone loves California wine but Kentucky knows its bourbon. Celebrate the holidays with a taste of the South by making this eggnog spike. One glass will be sure to have you kissing under the mistletoe in no time!
This particular concoction is best made at least a week in advance and given time to marinate. So, if you want to be drinking it by Christmas Eve get going now!
Check below the recipe for complimentary gift labels, wrapping suggestions and a tutorial on removing labels from wine bottles.
Kentucky Eggnog Spike
Makes about 4 cups
- 2 cups bourbon
- 1 cup dark rum
- 1 cup brandy
- 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 2 large cinnamon sticks
- 7 whole cloves
Pour bourbon, rum and brandy into 1-quart bottle. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into bourbon mixture; add pod to bottle.
Using mortar and pestle or bottom of heavy small skillet, crack whole nutmeg into 4 or 5 pieces. Add nutmeg pieces, cinnamon sticks and cloves to mixture. Cork bottle tightly. Let stand in cool, dark place for 1 week. (Can be prepared 3 months ahead.)
To make the eggnog
Makes about 6 servings
- 6 large egg yolks
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
- 1 quarts half and half
- 1 cup light cream
- 1+ cup spike
- 1 cup milk or more as needed
- freshly grated nutmeg
In a heavy saucepan with an electric mixer beat together half-and-half, cream, sugar, and yolks until combined well. Cook mixture over moderate heat, continuing to beat, until slightly thickened, about 7 to 10 minutes.
Remove pan from heat. Continue to beat mixture until slightly cooled. Stir in vanilla and nutmeg.
Transfer eggnog to a bowl and chill, covered, at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
Add 1 cup of the spike to start and adjust to taste.
Just before serving, thin eggnog with milk to desired consistency. Garnish with cinnamon or nutmeg.
Preparations and Gifting Suggestions
For a quick and easy way to remove labels from wine bottles, check out this tutorial at DIY Idea Time.
Once labels are removed, thoroughly wash and dry your bottle. Using a funnel, pour the eggnog spike in to the bottle followed by the vanilla and spices. Seal firmly with a cork.
Using a thin layer of glue, attach the eggnog spike label to the bottle.
To make your bottle extra special, drip red or green sealing wax around the cork to ensure no leakage and make opening it part of the fun. Finish it off by tying a Christmas ribbon with a big bow around the neck. A fresh piece of nutmeg and a grater would also be great attached to the ribbon.
Use these special touches to let your friends and family know how much you care about their buzz this Christmas.
Click on the image below for complimentary labels or try your hand at designing your own!