Spotlight Recipes: Slimmed-Down Eggnog

Make a homemade eggnog that is lower in calories and fat that the usual Christmas drink.
Got 'nog? If you're anything like me, you have it every Christmas.

No doubt you've seen a slew of eggnog brands in the supermarket dairy case, but those pre-packaged ones boast 190 calories and 9 grams of fat or more per serving. That serving is only a 1/2 cup and doesn't count the liquor if you like it loaded. As for all those unrecognizable ingredients ("carageen"?), don't get me started.

This year, I'm making a homemade mix for my family so we can all indulge a little more (and a little more calorie consciously). Classic eggnog recipes call for four or more raw eggs, but with food safety in mind, I am going to cook mine. As long as you simmer the milk-egg combo on low heat, you won't end up with scrambled eggnog.

The simplest calorie-cutting move is to trade non-fat milk for the whole milk or heavy cream. With a little booze mixed in (bourbon, whiskey, rum, brandy or whatever your pleasure) and a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon, you won't notice the difference.

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