The older and <slightly> more world-wise I get, the more I have come to appreciate and prefer handmade over mass-produced. Not only do you get an end product to enjoy, but you also get the subtle satisfaction of having created when you take the time to make something yourself. Does it taste better? Often, yes, sometimes not. No matter what, you have partaken in something greater than just swiping your plastic card in exchange for calories.
I can assure you that in this case it is well worth the effort. We only have seven sweet noggy days left to celebrate, so get in the kitchen and make up a batch of homemade eggnog. This can be an adults only treat, but if you omit the booze its appropriate for the whole family. Just pour an ounce of bourbon into your cup on the sly.
5 medium eggs (optimal ratio of white to yolk)
1/3 cup sugar
16 oz whole milk
8 oz heavy cream
4 oz bourbon
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Ground nutmeg to taste
Separate egg whites from yolks, reserve whites. Place yolks, sugar, milk, cream and bourbon in a bowl and beat until sugar is fully dissolved.
In a separate bowl, whip egg whites and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Fold into the bowl with the other ingredients. Transfer to a punch bowl and top with grated nutmeg. Serve in mugs.