On the sixth day of Christmas my bartender made for me, Chai Eggnog to share with others besides just me...
I wanted to include some traditional Christmas drinks with some kind of twist to make them different. I love Chai lattes, so it was a no-brainer to add Chai concentrate to spice up the eggnog. I just wish we had the National Lampoon's Christmas moose mugs to drink it in.
Can you believe I have never had eggnog before? Am I the only one? It just never really appealed to me because I don't like milk. But after tasting this, I'm totally a fan, maybe because of the Chai. I really wanted to use coconut milk instead of regular milk, but we didn't have any. I will make this again for Mr.Surly and myself using coconut milk. Mmmmm, it will be like a coconut chai latte spiked with booze.
If you can't find Chai concentrate, here is a good recipe to make your own from spices and sweetened condensed milk.
1 c chai concentrate (we used Oregan Chai Concentrate Original)
1 c milk
1/3 c sugar
½ vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
4 large egg yolks
½ c cold heavy cream
1 oz bourbon
1 oz rum
Freshly grated nutmeg, for sprinkling
Heat milk, sugar, and vanilla bean and seeds in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking until sugar has dissolved. Whisk yolks in a large bowl. Pour hot milk mixture into yolks in a slow, steady stream, whisking.
Return milk-yolk mixture to pan, and cook over medium-low heat, whisking often, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes (do not let simmer). Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard bean. Whisk in cream, bourbon, and rum. Let cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour (up to 1 day)**.
Serve sprinkled with nutmeg.
**since we were just photographing we skipped the refrigeration step.
Source: halved and slightly adapted from Martha Stewart