Try making your own eggnog this holiday…

Holiday Eggnog

Leave the pre-made eggnog on the grocery shelf… a top-notch, home-made eggnog is not much work.

Here’s how to make your own eggnog:

  1. Booze: Bourbon, brandy or rum are the typical choices. You don’t have to go expensive either beacuse the booze flavor is complimented by the flavor of the eggnog, so it all tastes great.
  2. Eggs: Pre-made eggnog (egg cream) may not have any eggs in it at all. Real eggnog contains eggs and the key is to buy them local and fresh if possible.
  3. Spices: The key spice in eggnog is nutmeg. Get it fresh ground from a spiece house or even consider grating it yourself. The store-bought stuff in a little can often has been sitting around for awhile and will not have the incredible aroma and taste of fresh nutmeg.
  4. Sugar: Don’t try and make eggnog a healthy drink by using a sugar substitute. Make your eggnog with real sugar but drink less of it to lower the calories. It will have a better taste based on how the sugar reacts with the other ingredients.

Here is the recipe, compliments of Derek Brown, a professional bartender in Baltimore that was adapted from a Gourmet Magazine article in 1945.

INGREDIENTS: (Serves 25 people, so cut down the ingredient amounts if you need or want less)

  • 2 dozen eggs
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle VS Cognac or other brandy
  • 16 oz. Jamaican rum
  • 2 lb powdered sugar
  • 3 qt. (96 oz.) whole milk
  • 1 qt. (32 oz.) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • glass punch bowl

PREPARATION:

Separate yolks from egg whites, set egg whites aside.

In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until light and lemon-colored. While continuing to beat, add the brandy, rum, sugar, milk, heavy cream and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and nutmeg until they form stiff peaks. Fold the whites into the yolk mixture. Serve in punch cups.

Eggnog will last for weeks in the refrigerator, so this can be made ahead of any special event. Make sure to store it in a glass container – bottle preferred.

Raise your cup in a toast to home made eggnog this year!

 

Motivational Monday: Thanksgiving, Gratitude and Momentum

Thanksgiving

Be happy with what you have, while working for what you want. –Helen Keller

Gratitude. Many of us get so focused on our day-to-day business operations and personal activities we forget to be happy with all we have. This week, as our thoughts turn towards Thanksgiving (and as we see the unrest in much of the world around us) we’re probably reflecting on the many freedoms and joys we have in our lives. It IS, after all, what this holiday is all about. (In addition to, of course, spending time with the family, eating too much turkey and watching football.)

As we strive to be happy with what we have, we should still be working toward our future with our goals in mind. This time of year can be a busy time for many of us with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and #GivingTuesday. Whether you’re in sales, customer relations or operations, you’re probably focusing on ways to end the year with a bang, make your projections come true, and face 2016 with momentum.

During this time of year, it’s time to first and foremost, thank those who have helped make 2015 great. It’s also time to revisit your year-end plan and narrow your focus. Work hard to ensure you spend the last month of the year on a high note. Reflect on your blessings and fortunes this year, and use them to propel you forward through this holiday season (and through your turkey-induced nap)!

  • Gratitude is not only good for boosting your positive outlook on life, it also boosts your social media following, customer retention, and lead generation. Explore the power of gratitude in marketing.
  • How do you show your clients gratitude? There are many ways! Send a handwritten thank you note, tell their story on your website, or treat them to a fancy dinner. Get creative and find new ways to say thank you.
  • This time of year is one of the busiest for non-profits who are working hard to engage donors in year-end giving. Even if you aren’t a charity, it doesn’t hurt to follow a few of their best practices. Review your 2015 resolutions to see if you’re ending the year in the right direction. Did you “wow” your customers? Did you let them know they made a difference?
  • When you look ahead to next year, it’s time to ask if you’re ready to hit the ground running. How’s your strategic planning going for 2016? Is your website mobile ready? How’s your SEO strategy lookin’? Now’s the time to get the ball rolling forward.

 
We’re so thankful for all of our fabulous blog readers! If you need ideas for how to continue into 2016 with thankfulness and momentum in your marketing, be sure to follow Cultivate on LinkedIn or subscribe below to receive Motivational Monday updates in your inbox each week.

 

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