Eggnog is the very essence of the holiday season; it just tastes like get-togethers with the family on a chilly night. I get it, some people love eggnog and others not so much, and it’s because not all eggnogs are equally tasty.
If you want a crowd-pleaser, you’ll want to try today’s coffee eggnog recipe. The best of both worlds, the custardy drink and our favorite caffeinated brew coming together for something extraordinary.
Did you know eggnog is an ancient drink? It goes back to England during the 13th century Middle Ages. Back then, it was monks in abbeys and monasteries who were in charge of booze production, and they were quite skillful too. Most of the finest wines and beers have a similar background.
When monks got bored, they got creative, and somewhere along those lines, the combination of a fiery spirit, milk or cream and eggs came to be. Yes, eggy drinks don’t sound that great, but trust me, you can buy a regular store-bought eggnog and make it irresistible with a shot of espresso, really!
The secret is pouring the already warm eggnog over a freshly brewed espresso and stirring it gently. You want to take advantage of the different densities to make a layered drink. Think of it as an eggnog cappuccino.
I’m using ready-made eggnog because I’m just lazy (and because I wanted to share an easy version of the drink), but if you have a fantastic, generations-old eggnog recipe, go for it.
This recipe improves eggnog with a balancing bitterness and an energy buzz, but it doesn’t transform its essence. The result is still pretty eggnog-y, so if you like the holiday specialty, you’ll love this drink. If you’re not an eggnog fan, try this one! Perhaps you’ll find it much more appealing.
Either way, this recipe is so easy to put together that there’s nothing to lose. It’s ready in ten minutes, and you can make a whole batch of it.
Do use authentic espresso, though; combining a pot of percolator Americano with eggnog will just make a mess, and that’s not the kind of mess we’re looking for.
Brew your espresso and stir in the nutmeg powder.
In a cup, pour the eggnog and heat it in the microwave until steamy.
Using a hand mixer, froth the eggnog until foamy.
In another cup, pour the espresso and top with eggnog for a layered effect.
Sprinkle with extra nutmeg as garnish.