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How can I jazz up store bought eggnog?

Richie Dec 5, 2004 08:53 AM

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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    Snackish Dec 6, 2005 09:43 AM

    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.

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      coll Dec 6, 2004 06:23 AM

      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 Dec 6, 2005 08:59 AM

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

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        msbit Dec 6, 2004 12:54 AM

        rum and shaved bittersweet chocolate

        thinly sliced toasted almonds

        eggnog milkshakes

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          Caitlin McGrath Dec 5, 2004 09:34 PM

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

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            Dax Dec 5, 2004 04:48 PM

            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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              emdb Dec 5, 2004 11:24 AM

              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.

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                john clark Dec 5, 2004 10:58 AM

                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!

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                  ChiliDude Dec 5, 2004 10:24 AM

                  Kahlua and/or Creme de Cacao!

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