Five Christmas Nog
Note: Use leftover sugar to flavor your coffee or hot cocoa.
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
4 whole eggs
1/3 cup vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup heavy cream
11/2 ounces bourbon per cocktail
1. Slice the vanilla bean in half, place it in the cup of sugar and let it sit for 24 hours or more to infuse the flavor.
2. Separate the eggs. Beat yolks until light in color. Add 1/3 cup vanilla sugar and combine until smooth. Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cream. Whisk until all ingredients are thoroughly blended together.
3. Beat whites to soft peaks, then slowly fold into egg mixture until light and airy. Adjust nutmeg and cinnamon to taste.
4. To serve, pour 2 ounces of eggnog and 11/2 ounces bourbon into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain while pouring into a glass. Garnish with a light touch of freshly grated nutmeg.
-- Patrice Brault and Oliver Greenlaw, Five