FLAVOR YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH A BOOZY EGGNOG RECIPE FROM REDD’S IN ROZZIE
Story and Photos by Del Holston
I have to admit I’ve never been a fan of eggnog. I’ve always associated it with things to avoid around the holidays like fruit cakes and shopping malls. When I reached out to Charlie, owner and chef at Redd’s in Rozzie, for an eggnog recipe, my plan was to share the details with everyone, but I would steer clear of getting the drink anywhere near my lips. As I sat at the bar to get photos for this story I was fully prepared to continue in my Christmas tradition of avoiding eggnog. However after I snapped a few pics, I found myself staring down at the intriguing frothy cocktail Charlie had just hand-crafted. It would be rude not to try it, right?
This eggnog naysayer turned a corner that night. The beverage had a light cream consistency similar to custard, and even though whiskey was an ingredient, it didn’t dominate the flavor. Despite all of my previous inhibitions, the smooth texture was irresistible and I devoured the entire cup.
The following recipe is a holiday tradition in Charlie’s family. “My Mom makes eggnog every year,” said Charlie. “She wouldn’t necessarily choose to add booze, but I absolutely love the creamy bourbon blend.” He stands by his recipe adding, “You will never drink carton eggnog again. Well, you probably will, but you won’t like it!”
He definitely made a believer out of me.
Redd’s Recipe for Punchbowl Holiday Eggnog
- 2 quarts milk
- 2 quarts cream
- 18 eggs separated. No yolks in the whites!
- 4 cups sugar
- ½ bottle Maker’s Mark Bourbon
- Bring milk and cream to a boil.
- Whisk yolks and sugar until smooth.
- Temper the egg yolks with the milk and whisk together.
- Immediately pass through a chinois into a container over an ice bath.
- Add the whiskey.
- Whip whites until soft peaks.
- Fold together as needed in batches and dust with generous amount of fresh grated nutmeg.
- The eggs are served raw so I highly recommend only using farm fresh eggs.
If making an entire punch bowl of eggnog is too ambitious you can always head to Redd’s to try a cup for yourself. It’s not currently on the menu, but they’ll make it for you if you ask. It’s also worth noting that they’re currently taking reservations for their New Year’s Eve celebration. This special three-course dinner comes with a true champagne toast. Early seating is available for families and early birds from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Late seating is from 9:00 – 11:00 PM and continues through the new year.