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How can I jazz up store bought eggnog?

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I am having my open house xmas party next saturday and want to do something to jazz up store bought eggnog. Any ideas besides just rum? Thanks,Richie

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  1. Kahlua and/or Creme de Cacao!

    1. Find a brand that is as close to homemeade as possible. Making it is easy but then there are the raw eggs, blah blah. Storebought ordinarily will include carageenan, guar gum, or some other thickener/whatever that gives it a characteristic mouthfeel which many find unappealing.

      Good luck finding one without such additives but if you do, everyone will be like, dude this eggnog is fantastic!

      1. Grenadine syrup drizzled on top, any of th Davinci flavored syrups, or make an infused light sugar syrup with nutmeg, cinnamon, and lots of ginger, and add it with a little plain milk to your eggnog. Yummy, and non alcoholic.

        BTW, Silk soymilk's eggnog in the green carton is pretty good, if you've got pregnant, immuno-compromised, or vegan guests coming to the party. (Yeah, store bought is pasteurized, but some people still worry.)

        Leftover eggnog, beaten into your favorite cheesecake recipe, on a gingersnap crust, is yummy, fwiw.

        1. Rum? Huh, I've always used bourbon.

          I also wonder how it would taste to use eggnog instead of cream in a white russian? Might be too thick.

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            Caitlin McGrath

            Aside from jazzier (or boozier) additions, a dusting of freshly-grated nutmeg will add a lot to any eggnog.

            1. rum and shaved bittersweet chocolate

              thinly sliced toasted almonds

              eggnog milkshakes

              1. I usually add bourbon and brandy (half as much brandy as bourbon) and grate nutmeg on top. My favorite is Southern Comfort brand eggnog, which DOESN'T have any alcohol in it, despite it's name.

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                  Ashley Zurek

                  Sounds good. Can you please tell me how much bourbon and brandy to add? Thanks so much!

                2. Many people find the richness of eggnog too icky...we used to make what we called "Smart Eggnog" (just because we love branding stuff) by cutting it with 2% milk and adding extra nutmeg.