This recipe is contributed by Nicole, author of the blog Healthy and Delish.

Martinis can be enjoyed any time of year. However, to get into the Christmas spirit, how about making an Egg Nog Martini? This martini is all decked out with red and green sugar crystals on the martini glasses. Why do we call it "eggnog"? The "nog" part of its name has evolved from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a little, carved wooden cup used to serve alcohol. Well, that's enough of history, let's get to the recipe!

Eggnog Martini

Serves 5

Ingredients

4 egg yolks

1/3 cup sugar plus 1 tbsp

1 pint whole milk

1 cup half and half

1 tsp nutmeg

Bacardi or other brand of your favorite rum

Red and green sugar

Icing (for rimming glasses)

Directions

  1. Beat egg yolks until lightened. Add 1/3 cup sugar and beat until dissolved. In a pot, add milk, half and half and nutmeg and bring just to a boil. Then remove from heat. Temper slowly into yolk mixture. Return mixture to pan and cook until 160 degrees F. Put in fridge to chill.
  2. For martini glass, put premade icing all around martini rim. Pour red and green sugar on a plate. Dip martini rims in the sugar and pat iced rims with sugar to evenly coat.
  3. For one martini: put a little ice, 1 oz rum, and 4 oz egg nog in cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into martini glass. Voila! Enjoy by the fire while admiring your Christmas tree.

Eggnog recipe adapted from Alton Brown.

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