My Microplane (TM) grater changed my life. That’s when Barry and I discovered that real, freshly grated nutmeg is a completely different animal from the stuff that comes in a little spice tin. That plus real, homemade eggnog is nothing less than sublime!
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1/4-1/2 C sugar (people who are used to store-bought eggnog are used to more sugar)
1/4 t salt
4 C milk
1 t vanilla
Beat the eggs together with the sugar, salt, and 2 C milk. Over a double boiler, cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats a spoon. To be sure the eggs are safe, it must reach 160 degrees. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and remaining 2C milk, and chill.
Serve with a generous dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.
You can mix this egg nog with all kinds of things, including rum, Club soda, bourbon, or 7-up. For a really different treat, try omitting the nutmeg and adding a drop of green Creme de Menthe.