I really enjoy eggnog during the holiday season. I often make my own version of the creamy egg-enriched beverage, but there are many great store bought brands out there to choose from if you are looking to save a little time in the kitchen. The quality of store-bought eggnog has definitely improved over the years, as the drink only gets more and more popular. Eggnog can be served hot, cold or at room temperature and I like it in all three forms. But when I want to take this treat to another level, I whip up an Eggnog Milkshake!
Just as the name suggests, this milkshake is made with eggnog. The ‘nog makes it especially rich and it has a hint of custard to it that you won’t find in a plain vanilla milkshake, although you certainly get plenty of vanilla flavor in the finished drink. Eggnog is typically flavored with vanilla and nutmeg. I add more of both to the milkshake because these flavors can be muted in a cold drink and you want them to stand out. Combine the eggnog with a good quality vanilla ice cream to give the drink a good base. Feel free to play around with the ratios here because different brands of eggnog have different consistencies and you might prefer your milkshake to be thicker or thinner than I do. No matter how you make it, be sure to save some room in the glass to top yours with a layer of whipped cream and a bit of additional nutmeg.
This recipe makes enough for about four people, depending on how big your glasses are. It could serve two if you really want to indulge. It could also easily serve more if you want to pour it into smaller punch cups. You can scale the recipe up or down to suit your needs.
Easy Eggnog Milkshake
2 1/2 cups prepared eggnog, chilled
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for topping
whipped cream, for topping
Combine all ingredients, except the whipped cream, in a blender and blend at low speed to combine for a few seconds. Turn speed to high and blend until creamy and smooth. If the shake is too thick, add in a few more tablespoonfuls of eggnog. Divide into serving glasses and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top before serving.