What holiday season would be complete without eggnog? Whether you love it or hate it, you’re bound to encounter the creamy drink somewhere during the holidays. With Christmas right around the corner, how about we skip the store-bought stuff and go for some good, old-fashioned eggnog -- with a twist?
At D&T Drive Inn in the Heights, bar manager Jason Moore created his take of the traditional concoction using beer. His beernog is one of seven drinks featured in Treadsack’s eggnog crawl, or Nogsmas, now in its second year. Each of the group’s restaurants -- Down House, D&T Drive Inn, Johnny’s Gold Brick, Hunky Dory,and Bernadine’s -- makes its own version of the drink, ranging from the traditional to some unique takes like Moore’s ‘Brashnog’ and the frozen versions at Bernadine’s.
“At D&T we only have a license to sell beer and wine so I had to get creative,” said Moore. This year he pulled from basic eggnog recipes and added Abide, a White Imperial Stout from Brash Brewing in Garden Oaks. The beer adds viscosity to the already creamy drink, and the dark, roasted malt used to make the beer adds sweetness and notes of chocolate, coffee and toffee to the drink. To booze things up, Moore adds Bourbon Cream.
We asked Moore to share his recipe for Brashnog so you can treat your guests to something a little different this Christmas. He assured us it was pretty easy to make so no need to shy away from trying. But if you really aren’t up to making eggnog, you still have until Dec. 26th to go out and taste the seven eggnogs of Nogsmas.
by Jason Moore, Bar Director at D&T Drive Inn
6 eggs separated
1 cup brown sugar plus 4 tbsp
2.5 cup whole milk
1.5 cup heavy cream
16oz Brash Abide
4oz Bourbon Cream
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp ground nutmeg
Whisk egg yolks and 1 cup of sugar in mixing bowl for several minutes until yolks lighten in color and double in size.
Add milk, cream, vanilla, beer, bourbon cream, and nutmeg, mixing until combined.
Set aside yolk mixture and wash whisk thoroughly.
Whisk egg whites and remaining 4 tbsp sugar until peaks form. Gently fold in egg white mixture into yolk mixture.