I think it's usually around this time of year when we all start to panic that Christmas is almost here, but many of us have yet to do any of our Christmas planning, prep-work and, let us not forget, all the shopping. If it's not the shopping that scares you, it's tying up all the projects at work before the new year. Either way, I think we could all use a little eggnog moment.
My best eggnog moment happened during grad school. Come December, when darkness hits just after 4pm and it's cold out, we used to drink spiked eggnog in the lab as soon as our supervisors had retired for the night. Most of us were working late anyways, so we'd take a festive break to put us into the Christmas spirit and spread holiday cheer, even though we were stuck in the lab, as always. We would play holiday music, sit together, drink eggnog, and chat. To this day, I wonder if our bosses knew about our little holiday ritual. Obviously, drinking on the job when you work in a lab is not exactly encouraged, yet I think these stolen moments helped us survive.
In the spirit of stress-free Christmas cheer, I came up with this idea for an eggnog milkshake. Eggnog is basically a crème anglaise spiked with rum (or bourbon) and flavored with lots and lots of nutmeg, so I figured why not make it using vanilla ice cream (since vanilla ice cream is also crème anglaise based). A milkshake of vanilla ice cream blended with all the usual eggnog add-ins seemed like the perfect holiday drink. The result was even better than I imagined. This milkshake tastes just like eggnog should, minus that artificialness that comes with the store-bought stuff. Bonus: it takes just a few minutes to make—the hardest part is scooping the ice cream.
I highly recommend taking a moment for yourself, at the end of the day, with an eggnog milkshake to brighten your spirit so that you can enjoy a festive holiday moment in all the chaos.
Eggnog milkshakePublished: December 9th, 2013, Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 large milkshake (or 2 small)
- 4 scoops vanilla ice cream, softened ever so slightly
- 250 mL (1 cup) milk
- 1–2 shots spiced rum (if not more depending just how much holiday cheer you need)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg, plus a pinch more for garnish
- 1 graham cracker, crumbled as garnish (I like to use Erewhon organic graham crackers)
- Blend the vanilla ice cream with the milk, rum and nutmeg until it's smooth and frothy. Serve in a tall glass (or 2 glasses if you are sharing) with crumbled graham crackers and a sprinkling of nutmeg.