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Best egg nog recipes from around the web

Dec 19, 2012, 7:48 a.m.
Our guide to the best egg nog recipes, including cooked egg, eggless and retro versions.

The holidays are a great time to show off your best homemade treats. Impress the family by forgoing the supermarket stuff and making egg nog from scratch at home. There are a hundred or more ways to make egg nog, but, which one is the best? We help you choose the ideal egg nog recipe for you, whether you like yours spicy, spiked, sweet or some other way.

For those who like a classic recipe, television chef Alton Brown's is hard to beat. It contains egg yolks and whites, cream, spices, and gets a little kick from a shot of bourbon. There is even a cooked egg version available for the raw-egg averse.

Pumpkin is not just for pies anymore. In addition to the seasonal pumpkin flavored cakes, cookies and even stews, you can now enjoy pumpkin egg nog , as well. This recipe from Evening Ridge gets its pumpkin flavor and a smooth, silky texture from pumpkin puree. You can either use pumpkin puree from a can, or steam and mash your own fresh squash. They recommend 10 Cane rum as a mixer.

If you have picky family members who won't consume a drink made with eggs under any circumstances, try this Eggless Egg Nog recipe. The author says that it tastes exactly like the egg-filled stuff. This is also great choice for people with supressed immune systems, who should not eat raw eggs, and people who are allergic to them. An eggless recipe allows these folks to participate in this boozy tradition along with the rest of the party. This recipe can be served with or without alcohol.

Those looking for a powerful retro take on the drink should check out this version from Trader Vic's 1948 edition of their Bartender's Guide, which is currently available on DrinkBoston.com . This recipe calls for no fewer than three types of alcohol (brandy, rum and madeira) along with a raw egg yolk, shaved ice and milk. Just make sure you take away the car keys before serving this version to your holiday party guests.

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