Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas - 8 Maids-A-Milking:

Agency Central's Top Christmas Eggnog Recipes

Now let me set the scene. You're into the final week of your advent calendar and snow is slowly beginning to transform your home into the wintry backdrop of a glittering Christmas card. All your presents are wrapped, all your cards are written and you're about to snuggle up on the couch in your favourite festive jumper to watch It's A Wonderful Life. All seems well with the world until you realise that something's missing from this idyllic image; a boozy raw egg like custard with a consistency you could walk on.or maybe not.

Okay, so while the enigmatic eggnog might not be trusted by our British palates, this milk and egg based beverage is a seasonal favourite with our transatlantic cousins. Traditionally accompanied by a warming splash of spirits, eggnog has surprising UK roots with many believing it to have originated from East Anglia before it's US invasion in the 18th century.


So in the hope of reclaiming what is rightfully ours, Agency Central has devised a tried and tested review of some of the most popular eggnog recipes that you never wanted to try. Click the titles to see the full recipe.

Traditional Eggnog

8 egg yolks

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup bourbon whiskey

1/2 cup dark rum


Move over designated drivers because this so called traditional eggnog won't hesitate in taking the wheel and steering you right onto the naughty list. This recipe certainly isn't lacking in strength with the bourbon and rum reminding us that it's not always a bad thing to mix your drinks. The nutmeg brings some slight sweetness to this medicinal kick (and to some it's more than just a kick) but probably not enough to make it enjoyable for those who can't even finish a box of chocolate liqueurs.


Agency Central Score - 7

Nutella

8 eggs (separated)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup Nutella

3 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

2 cups dark rum

roasted hazelnuts (roughly crushed under a skillet)


If this eggnog was to be a country it'd be Switzerland (and by that I mean that it's nice, neutral but doesn't leave a lasting impression). The inclusion of Nutella might have you dreaming of smooth and thick chocolate but this eggnog couldn't stray further from that idea. That's not to say that the drink isn't without it's charm with the faint chocolate milkshake flavour compensating for the fact that there's little much else to shout about.


Agency Central Score - 5

Cappuccino

8 eggs (separated)

2/3 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup espresso (brewed strong)

2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups brandy

1/2 cup coffee liqueur

1 whole espresso beans


Those looking for that true barista style eggnog will be hard pressed to find one better than this cappuccino offering that has more than a hint of Baileys about it. Though you might think that the battle of the seasonal drinks is more suited to a gingerbread latte, it looks like it's time to welcome a new contender to the Jingle Bell Ball. More creamy than coffee, the sweetness of the liqueur and brandy overpowers any of the real bitterness that you'd expect from a cappuccino titled beverage. This is great news for the espresso-phobes who can only palate a hot chocolate when they visit a CostaNeroBucks.


Agency Central Score - 8

Skinny

3 cups 1% low-fat milk

1 vanilla beans

2 large eggs

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp corn starch

grated nutmeg (freshly, for garnish)

spiced rum (or bourbon, optional, extra points)


Skinny both in name and nature, this rather bland eggnog would make the perfect accompaniment to a course of rice cakes and tofu. Though the vanilla tries it's best to bring some sweetness to proceedings, you'd assume that the cup was empty had it been consumed as part of a blind taste test.


Agency Central Score - 4

So which eggnog did the Agency Central team like best?

In what was effectively a tipsy two horse race, the traditional and cappuccino eggnogs ran each other close with the latter just coming out on top. The sweet, Baileys finish of this Christmassy coffee option just managed to win us over, although the strong hit of the traditional variety had us all agreeing which one we'd rather be drinking at 2 o'clock in the morning.