I have vivid memories of Christmas mornings at my childhood home. Even if we woke up extra early, we still had to wait to see what was in our stockings until just before breakfast, at which point my father always whipped up a batch of eggnog, which he sipped while we opened presents. I always thought it was a recipe that he had concocted on his own, but it turns out that it comes from his college roommate, a nuclear physicist named Bernie Van der Hoeven.
Both Bernie and my father used to use raw eggs, but I've updated the procedure to reflect more current egg safety standards. It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, and the flavor only improves during that time. Read on for Kathryn's take on Bourbon Eggnog.