Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 10 – Chai Eggnog Cheer. This recipe employs two of my loves: eggnog and chai.
Fun fact, this is my Starbucks order: “grande no water chai tea latte with one shot of espresso.” If you’re mystified by what “no water” means, allow me to me shed some light on the subject. A chai tea latte is typically made with a combination of water and milk. Because I always live that full-fat lifestyle, I cut out the water and replace it with more milk, for an extra creamy flavour.
I know eggnog is one of those polarizing holiday treats. Either you love it or you hate it. I fall into the former camp. Let me slurp up all of that decadent dairy and egg product. I’m keeping Canadian agriculture in business.
If you’ve ever grated fresh nutmeg over top of your rum and eggnog – you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that chai tea is a delicious addition to eggnog. The spicy quality of the tea enriches the eggnog and I’ve paired it here with the usual dark rum but added in Marsala, a fortified sweet wine from Sicily.
If you can get your hands on it, I strongly recommend the Harmony Organic Eggnog. It has a much more authentic flavour than some of the other carton varieties you’ll find at the grocery store, without the hard work and patience of making it from scratch. You can also return the glass to the grocery store for a rebate. This isn’t sponsored content – I just really prefer this eggnog.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you could always make your own eggnog. You can find the details on how to do so in my Hazelnut Eggnog post from last year – just leave out the bourbon and Frangelico if you’re going to make this recipe.
I’d love to hear more about your favourite eggnog recipes. One of my loyal fans recently shared a recipe for a Scotch eggnog which both piqued my interest and left me a bit unsettled. How do you enjoy your eggnog? Comment below.
In a short glass or large coupe, stir together the eggnog, tea, Marsala, and rum; cover and refrigerate until chilled through.
When ready to serve, float a star anise, 1 short cinnamon stick and a couple cardamom pods.
Recipe adapted from: St. Onge, Christopher. “Christmas Pudding Punch.” Food & Drink. Holiday 2015.