Dairy-Free Festive Eggnog
By Erin Higgins
This is a little tradition of mine that I started five years ago and has become a must have every Christmas. That is one of the nice things about having a tradition, it tends to have all of your special people get together for celebration and trust me, this certainly will. I remember saying to my family “I’m going to make us some eggnog this Christmas Eve” and I was greeted with a lot of scrunched up noses and uncertainty. Once I made up a batch of the recipe below I spent the whole night making us more and more.
Now every Christmas Eve my friends and family start flowing into our home in the hope of getting their hands on a delicious glass of my famous dairy-free eggnog. There are a lot of eggnog recipes out there and I admire all of them because I think they come with a special bit of love that has stemmed through generations. But this one is a must try! Put a bit of love into the making of it and the festive season vibes will be flowing throughout your home, making the Christmas Eve late night prep time a whole lot more fun. How can it not when there is cinnamon and an extra nudge of alcohol in it?! I love serving this in some vintage crystal glasses, making it all the more special to enjoy.
Get festive, have fun and celebrate.
(you can make a non-alcoholic version if you like)
3 cups rice milk
1 cup coconut cream
½ cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp mixed spice
4 large organic egg yolks
¼ cup brandy
¼ cup sherry
¼ cup dark rum
1. Blend all ingredients together until it is light and fluffy. Pour over a glass of ice and a ‘must do’ finishing touch is to sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg.
2. To go the extra mile with your eggnog prior to pouring the blended ingredients in the glass, on a plate mix a little bit of cinnamon with some brown sugar, wet the top of the glass and dip it into the mix on the plate.
3. Let this dry before pouring your eggnog into the glass with ice. Serve immediately and enjoy.