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Eggnog from 'The Fir Tree'

by Livestrong_Recipes  |  Jan 30, 2019

Eggnog from 'The Fir Tree'
Photo Credit: Kate Young
  1. PREP
  2. 10 m
  • COOK
  • 10 m
  • 20 m

In Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Fir Tree,' the Moomins, woken from their usual hibernation, prepare for the arrival of Christmas. They have never seen it before, but quickly adapt to the rituals: they decorate a tree, light candles, and drink eggnog. If you have only ever had it from a carton, I can’t recommend making your own more enthusiastically. Delicious with or without the alcohol, it’s rich and creamy, but still light, thanks to the addition of egg white.



  • 8 oz whole milk
  • 3 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp Spices, mace, ground
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg (Ground)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Golden Caster Sugar
  • 4 oz whiskey
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg, Freshly Ground
  • 2 large whole egg


1 Separate the egg yolks and whites into separate bowls. Bring the milk, cream, mace, nutmeg, and cinnamon to a slow simmer over a low heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar for a couple of minutes in a bowl, until very pale and forming thick ribbons when dropped from the whisk into the bowl.
2 Pour the simmering milk over the yolks, whisking constantly to prevent them scrambling, and then add the bourbon (if using). Cover and transfer to the fridge for 24 hours (or up to three days) to allow the flavors to develop. Don’t forget to hold onto the egg whites - you’ll need them too.
3 When you’re ready to serve, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Carefully fold into the eggnog mixture, then pour into glasses. Top with freshly grated nutmeg and serve immediately.