• 750ml milk
  • 2 large strips lemon zest
  • 1 large strip orange zest
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and vanilla seeds scraped loose
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 100g granulated sugar, plus 2 tbsp
  • 2 egg whites
  • 155ml white rum
  • 2 to 3 tbsp bourbon, optional
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Finely grated orange and/or lemon zest

Serves: about 1 litre

1) Put 475ml of the milk, both citrus zests, and the vanilla bean and tar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and the 100g sugar in a medium bowl until lightened in colour.

2) Gradually pour the hot milk into the eggs while whisking constantly. Return the egg mixture to the pan and set over medium heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure 8 motion until the custard thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon, about two to three minutes. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the remaining 225ml of milk to stop the cooking. Transfer custard to a large bowl; cool to room temperature. (To speed this up, set bowl in another bowl of ice.)

3) Put about 2.5cm of water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Put the egg whites and remaining two tablespoons of sugar in a heatproof bowl large enough to rest in the saucepan without touching the water. Set the bowl over the simmering water and beat until the sugar dissolves and the egg whites feel warm to the touch, about one minute. Remove from the heat and beat the whites with an electric mixer until they hold a soft peak, about three minutes. Fold the egg whites into custard mixture. Add the rum and bourbon, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

4) Transfer eggnog to a punch bowl or pitcher. Pour into small cups and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and citrus zest. Drink.

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