Happy Apple Egg Nog

Groggy Nog

4 eggs, separated
1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp.
3 cups milk
1 cup whole cream
1 whole nutmeg or 3 tsp. powdered
4 oz. AppleJack brandy

6 cinnamon sticks (optional)

Separate egg whites from yolks and set the whites aside in the refrigerator.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment or with a hand held electric beater, whisk the egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar until they are light and frothy.  Meanwhile heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan.  When bubbles form around the edge of pan (just before simmering), temper the egg mixture with the cream mixture by adding cream to eggs in very small amounts, whisking well after each addition.  When all of the mixture has been whisked into eggs and sugar, return it to the saucepan and warm until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.  Remove from heat and let cool. 

Carefully rinse the beater bowl and dry well, do the same with the whisk.  Beat the whites until they have formed soft peaks.  Add remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar and beat till they form firm peaks.  Fold into cooled egg mixture.  Add booze.  Pour into glasses and dust with nutmeg.  Pop in cinnamon sticks and take everyone’s keys away.  Cheers!

Serves 6 (or 2, depending.).