I figured if she could surprise me with something seasonally festive while working late, I could do the same for her - she's spending the week on the set of one of the music videos for "The Watchmen". So when she got home last night, I was in the middle of making some home-made eggnog.
Let me tell you, that stuff is a PAIN to make, and I still didn't really do it quite right. My little mixer would overheat and give out before the various separated parts got quite thick enough. Never the less, the result was foamy, tasty, and absurdly alcoholic. I went with the traditional variety with bourbon and brandy, rather than rum.
The method follows:
Separate a dozen eggs.
Beat the yolks with 1 3/4 cups of sugar on high for ten minutes until it's as thick as butter. Slowly stir in 2 cups of bourbon and 1 3/4 cup of brandy. Set aside to cool. Just before serving, beat the whites until it's thick and has ridges. Beat two cups of cream until it's thick and has ridges. Stir 6 cups of milk and 2 1/2 tblspns of nutmeg into the yolk mixture, then fold in the cream and the egg whites. Stir. Set aside some ibuprofen, you will need it in the next day.