Spiced Eggnog Punch
The inspiration for this spicy seasonal punch came from a wonderful cookbook called The Irish Kitchen, that I received for Christmas. This book includes a festive recipe for Scaltin or Irish Milk Punch. The original recipe is made with Irish whiskey, milk and spices.I revised it to have a more seasonal flair.
Start out with 1 cup Milk and 1 cup Eggnog in a small saucepan. Blending the milk and the eggnog together gives this punch a delicious holiday finesse that provides a perfect end of the ‘eggnog season’, yet it’s not as thick as eggnog and makes a smoother drink that is not as heavy on your stomach. This could be made with milk alone, and would still be delicious (in this case use 2 cups Milk). Mix in ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg and ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon. Heat the mixture slowly on the stove-top and whisk together to blend the spices. Don’t use a very high heat, or the milk will scald. Whisking the ingredients, as the mixture heats, will create the milk foam on top that makes this drink classy, without the use of any fancy equipment! When the mixture is heated (but not boiling) remove from heat and pour in ¼ cup of Fireball Whiskey.
Fireball’s intense cinnamon flavor gives this drink an extra kick, but is balanced out by the eggnog so it’s not overpowering. For a different type of kick you, could substitute a few shots of espresso or dark roasted coffee instead of the fireball and doubling the cinnamon for flavor. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little extra nutmeg on top! This simple-to-make recipe is an elegant delight and perfect for a festive get together with family and friends this winter.