Wait a minute. A nog? Like egg nog? How cliche is that?
I've made conventional egg nog before, but I want to broaden the sense of a nog. For my purposes, following a classic recipe doesn't count as truly creating a nog. That's why a nog broadens my horizons. I wanted a drink that is original. That doesn't come in a carton six weeks a year. That is tied to a season rather than a fleeting holiday.
The result was a warming drink just right for the winter months, steeped in cinnamon with a creamy yet with light and airy consistency. And even a Muppets reference.
1 Q whole milk
1/2 C white sugar
2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 C superfine sugar
1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise and seeds scraped out
4 sticks cinnamon
2 C heavy cream
1/2 C caramel Irish cream liqueur
1 1/2 C bourbon
3/4 C light rum
1 1/2 C brandy