Imagine a world where eggnog isn't full of "milk ingredients" and refined white sugar, guar gum and "natural" flavours. What does that even MEAN? And why does it need to be included on the ingredient list? If it's the natural flavour of food, shouldn't that just be a given? But no...it's been ADDED. Yuck.
Some store brands don't even need to be refrigerated. Have you noticed this trend? Milk products not in the refrigerated section? That's just wrong.
Below is a really easy way to make your own eggnog. This version makes everyone happy because it doesn't contain any dairy protein or lactose... but it does contain eggs and honey, so it is not vegan. At least your lactose-intolerant friends can get in on the rum-induced fun. Because eggnog = rum. Didn't you know?
Not for kids, oh my goodness, please don't make that mistake. I am not encouraging children drink rum! Unless of course, they just WON'T. GO. TO. BED.
This is just as rich and creamy as the ones you can buy next to the socks. But this one if full of real ingredients! And not many of them. Enjoy!
Makes enough for 6-8 or just me.
3 cups unsweetened coconut milk (the kind in the carton, not the can)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Rum. It should be on hand. Just sayin'.
Over medium heat, whisk 2 cups of coconut milk, eggs, honey, salt and pumpkin pie spice. You will be standing here for about 8-10 minutes whisking. It's worth it. But don't leave because you'll end up with scrambled eggnog (ewww). Just have a shot of rum while you're waiting. It will make the whisking seem FUN!
Once you've been whisking for about 8-10 minutes, the mixture will start to thicken up. Awesome. Pour through a sieve INTO ANOTHER CONTAINER. If you forget this part because you had some rum and it goes down the drain you'll be sad (and possibly drunk with no eggnog to make you feel better). Add the remaining 1 cup of coconut milk and vanilla.
Here's where it gets hard: Put it in the fridge and wait until it gets cold. Warm eggnog is okaaaaaay...but cold eggnog is the business. Just wait and it will thicken up even more in the fridge. Try to save some rum.