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Hutch’s Happy Hour – Christmas Eggnog Recipe

If you read my post last month, you’ll know that The Grinch is in my top 5 Christmas movies but never in a million years did I think that Christmas would ever be stolen from us. Yesterday afternoon, the Clausometer suddenly dropped to zero (I can’t think why) and we all know “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear”. Now don’t panic, I can’t sing so am not about to try and organise a mass sing-along; but I can make cocktails. And I feel that may well be the next best way to spread a little Christmas cheer. At the very least it might do for those of us of us allowed to drink them; and if we can raise cheer levels in adults around the country then it will hopefully filter down to the children too.

It’s no secret that I love Christmas and over the years I’ve developed a few signature Christmas cocktail recipes with the gingerbread martini I wrote about last month being the #1 crowd pleaser. If this months cocktail doesn’t appeal to you then you can check back on that, or even my mulled cider, as they might just do the trick too. Anyway, given everything we’ve been through this year along with the latest announcement I needed something with a real festive punch to it and could think of no better way to inject a little Christmas spirit (or should I say spirits) in to us all than the Hutchinson family favourite…Eggnog!… In fact, I would go as far as saying that it’s a family Christmas tradition. So good it would make Ebenezer Scrooge merry!

I have no idea exactly when the tradition started in our household, but I found the recipe online many, many years ago. In the days before smartphones and Netflix… The only copy of the recipe referred to since was scribbled down on the back of an old mobile phone bill, until now.

Eggnog is one of those drinks everyone has heard of but very few have tried; and those that have tried it will likely have had some form of pre-made concoction which may or may not have been spiked with a spirit or two, but for me you just can’t beat the homemade variety. This is yet another cocktail which the origins are hotly disputed but popular consensus seems to be that it dates back, in some form, to medieval Europe where British monks in the 13th century would drink what was known as posset. Not quite the posset we see these days being regularly made on Masterchef, but a warm beverage made from ale, eggs, cream and spices.

It wasn’t until the 1700’s when the drink hopped the pond to the Americas that it really started to develop into the festive favourite we know today. As it spread through the country recipes became regionalised with some places opting for rum whilst others would prefer whisky as their spirit of choice. It’s for this reason you’ll see many different eggnog recipes out there, each with varying quantities and combinations of tipple, but all following a similar basic starter of egg, sugar, milk and cream. So whilst I’m teaching you the recipe my family has grown to love, feel free to adapt it to your liking; whether that’s opting for a spiced instead of white rum; brandy instead of whisky or even reducing the overall proportions of spirits in the recipe. It’s entirely up to you; so, without further ado… lets get to mixing!

Note – this is enough to make about a litre of eggnog; so around 4-6 portions depending on the generosity of your pour. Obviously, this is likely to be a bit much for many of now having significantly reduced gathering sizes; but this recipe can easily be reduced by half or a quarter to make it suitable for one or two people to enjoy.

Festive eggnog in a pewter mug styled with Christmas decorations, mini crackers and Christmas tree branches.  Image by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography

Eggnog Ingredients

  • 360ml Bourbon (Hutch’s recommendation – Woodford Reserve)
  • 120ml White Rum (Hutch’s recommendation – Diplomatico Planas Rum)
  • 360ml Milk
  • 240ml Heavy Cream
  • 120g Sugar
  • 4 eggs (separated)
  • Nutmeg for serving

How to make Eggnog

  • Beat the 4 egg yolks with half the sugar
  • Whisk the 4 egg whites until stiff then stir in the remaining sugar
  • Gently fold the yolks and whites together
  • Slowly stir in the bourbon, rum, milk and half the cream
  • Whip the remaining cream until soft and fluffy (be careful not to over whip it as it will become thick and make it difficult to combine)
  • Fold the whipped cream in to the eggnog mix
  • Pour into glasses and sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg
Festive eggnog in a pewter mug styled with Christmas decorations, mini crackers and Christmas tree branches.  Image by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography

Definitely an indulgent one to finish the year on; and why not…it’s Christmas after all and we all deserve a treat!

Finally, wherever you are and however you’re celebrating this festive season; Amanda and I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. And for all those key workers continuing to work their socks off whilst the rest of us indulge; we’ll be raising a glass, or two, of eggnog in your honour for all the hard work you’ve put in throughout this difficult year.

Feliz Navidad!


Festive eggnog in a pewter mug styled with Christmas decorations, mini crackers and Christmas tree branches.  Image by London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography