Second only to actual snow in its ability to up the winter quotient of any gathering, traditional eggnog is the decadent, silky and sneaky-strong cup of communion between friends, family and friends who are good as family. But if your framily is anything but traditional, consider punching up your punchbowl this season with these spirituous enhancements.
Spoon It Up
For a limited time, Momenti (momentispirits.com) will offer a holiday-inspired eggnog expression of its super-premium “spirited ice creams” made locally from milk, cream, cane sugar, natural sweeteners and flavoring and 90-proof bourbon. The final product comes in at 10-12 proof and will do the trick nicely atop a slice of pie, bobbing in a punchbowl, swimming in a pool of fresh, hot espresso affogato-style or eaten straight from the carton (see previous page). Assuaging any guilt about your Netflix and chill-ing dessert, Momenti COO Leif Pearson will donate 30 percent of proceeds from the eggnog ice cream (as well as a rum raisin edition) to New Vista, the state’s largest nonprofit provider of supported living arrangements for the intellectually challenged, and Send Me On Vacation, providing rejuvenating vacations to breast cancer survivors. Find out where to buy it by the pint ($10) at momentispirits.com/where-to-buy.
Pour It On
Distilled to its essence, eggnog is eggs, sugar, cream, booze and wintry spices. You’ll find that and a whole lotta fun in a variety of surprisingly sophisticated, indulgent cream liqueurs this winter. Kringle Cream (kringlecream.com) by Death’s Door Spirits combines Don Q Rum with real Wisconsin dairy cream for a fruity, nutty treat evoking the Danish cake of the same name. RumChata (rumchata.com) mingles Caribbean rum with that same Wisconsin cream, plus a secret spice mix for a flavor that falls somewhere between horchata’s cinnamon and eggnog’s nutmeg. Cruzan Velvet Cinn (cruzanrum.com) takes a similar silky horchata line with rum from St. Croix, as does Chila ’Orchata (chilaorchata.com), swirling rum from Puerto Rico with cream, Tahitian vanilla and plenty of cinnamon.
Created by Mike Doyle, Beverage Development Specialist, Breakthru Beverage Nevada
Place two heaping scoops of Momenti “Bourbon Vacation” eggnog ice cream into a chilled 16-ounce hurricane glass. Pour 2 oz. of Kringle Cream and 4 oz. Q Drinks Ginger Beer over ice cream. Garnish with broken pieces of peppermint bark and serve with both a straw and a spoon.
How do the ingredients shine in this drink?
The buttery, nutty and sweet profile of the Kringle Cream pairs perfectly with the Momenti eggnog ice cream, and the spicy, crisp ginger beer helps cut through the over-the-top decadence.
What do you like about working with cream liqueurs?
There’s just something sinful and indulgent about cream-based liqueurs—but during the holidays it seems justified!
What do you like most about Kringle Cream?
I love the fact that it was inspired by a beloved regional food item.