A decadent festive drink
Egg nog is one of the most indulgently decadent and delicious of all traditional festive drinks. The addition at the end of whipped-up egg whites is what gives this its wonderful light frothiness.
80g caster sugar
200ml chilled single cream
200ml chilled whole milk
200ml dark rum
8 dashes of orange cocktail bitters (optional)
1 whole nutmeg
4 whole star anise, or sprigs of thyme
Separate the egg whites and the yolks into two different mixing bowls. Divide the sugar evenly between the bowls. Whisk the yolks and sugar until thick, then whisk in the cream, milk and dark rum. Add the dashes of orange bitters if using. Transfer to a serving bowl.
Whisk the egg whites and sugar to stiff peaks (in the same way as for meringue). Gently but thoroughly fold the stiff whites into the cream and rum mixture. Ladle into glasses, finishing each one with a grating of fresh nutmeg and the star anise or thyme sprig.
ALTERNATIVE: Swap the dark rum for whisky or bourbon.
Recipe: Angela Clutton