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What The Hell Is In Eggnog, Anyway?

We tried to create eggnog from scratch. It went...OK.

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Eggnog is the candy corn of the holiday season. You either love it or you hate it — and chances are you have NO CLUE what it's made with. We can safely assume that there's most likely some sort of eggs in eggnog, right? But what about the second half of the word? What about the nog? WHAT IS NOG?!

We decided to gather a group of folks who both love, hate, and have never had eggnog and have them try to create eggnog from scratch — with NO knowledge of the ingredients or recipe.

The winner is Contestant A! Whose mixture actually contained zero eggs. But, honestly, no one really won. They all tasted like garbage.

EASY EGGNOG:

Adapted from Erik Lombardo's recipe for Food52

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS

1 egg yolk*

1 oz cream

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

2 oz dark rum

Grated nutmeg (optional, for garnish)

*If you're worried about consuming raw egg, you can find pasteurized eggs here.

PREPARATION

If you have a cocktail shaker: Combine all ingredients (except nutmeg) in a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a rocks glass or martini glass, sprinkle with nutmeg, and serve.

If you don't have a shaker: Combine all ingredients (except nutmeg) in a small bowl, and whisk vigorously for about 15 seconds, until all ingredients are combined. Pour into a rocks glass or martini glass, sprinkle with nutmeg, and serve.

Above all, next time you try to make eggnog from scratch, just avoid making it taste like baby food mixed with milk and vodka.

It might be harder than you think.

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