This boozy eggnog will make you forget 2016 ever happened

This nog is not for the faint of heart

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If you're still dumping shots of booze into store-bought eggnog, it's high time you stepped your game up. This homemade nog recipe isn't just strong enough to put hair on your chest, it's strong enough to age for up to a year.

I know what you're thinking: letting raw eggs and dairy age for an extended period of time is asking for trouble. But guess what? It turns out that introducing an exorbitant amount of booze to the equation does magical things. The finished product is over 20% alcohol, which is high enough to eradicate any bacteria that might otherwise put you at risk.

This recipe (originally published at yields enough of the yuletide beverage to share with friends and family all season long.

The Tools

• 1 large mixing bowl
• 1 whisk
• 1 funnel (optional, but recommended)
• Storage devices (bottles, mason jars, etc.)

The Ingredients

• 12 large eggs
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1 liter bourbon (don't skimp on this—it's the most important ingredient!)
• 4 cups whole milk
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 3/4 cup Cognac or brandy
• 1/2 cup dark rum
• Pinch kosher salt

The Recipe

  1. Separate the yolk from each egg. The whites can be tossed out or stored in your refrigerator or freezer for future use. (We like whipping them up with some heavy cream for a delicious nog-topper!)

  2. Combine the yolks and the sugar in a large bowl and whisk until the mixture is creamy.

  3. Add all remaining ingredients–cream, liquor, and the rest–to the bowl. Once everything has been thoroughly combined, feel free to spice up the eggnog with whatever you see fit. I've personally had good luck with a few drops of vanilla extract and dashes of nutmeg and cinnamon.

  4. Carefully pour the eggnog into clean mason jars, swing-top bottles, or even the leftover liquor bottles. Depending on where you procure your containers, you might want to sanitize them before using them to store nog, though freshly used liquor bottles should be good to go. We also recommend giving the containers a good shake every few days to keep the ingredients well-mixed.

  5. Store your nog in the fridge.

That's it! You're done. If stored properly (that is, in tightly sealed containers at or below 40°F) this nog can be safely and deliciously aged for up to a year. In fact, a little bit of age gives the ingredients time to mingle, completely transforming the flavor.

And seriously, it's worth reiterating just how strong this stuff is. Take it slow, and savor.

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