The holidays have come and gone. The leftover lamb was made into a shepherd’s pie, the last slice of apple pie has been claimed, you know you should be starting a pot of vegetable soup and stocking up on the sparkling water.
But there’s that bottle of egg nog in the fridge. And what are you going to do—pour it out? I think not.
Those resolutions can wait a few more days, right?
Leftover Egg Nog
This happened to me last year. A friend brought over a bottle of egg nog, and not only did it not get touched, it also had no expiration date on it, and I had absolutely no idea how long it would last. Though I realized that if it wasn’t going to last 11 ½ months, the question was probably moot as this is a drink that really only gets consumed at a very specific time of year. Can you imagine going to a Mardi Gras party or a July barbecue or just a dinner party in September and getting offered a glass of egg nog? Actually come to think of it, that would be pretty funny.
And I cannot bear to throw anything out unless it’s really past its prime. And this leftover egg nog looked just fine in its unopened glass bottle. So Mandy (friend and right hand in the kitchen) and I decided it was destined to become boozy milkshakes. This is a great way to use up extra egg nog.
We came up with variety of mix and match flavors, including garnishes for the top of the glasses, because once you decide you are making a milkshake you kind of are all in by default. Apropos of that, I will also say that I have strong feelings (most of them analogous to confusion) about people who use skim or low fat milk in their milkshakes. I guess I can accept reduced fat milk….but I think whole milk is the way to go.
Garnishing the Rims of the Glasses
Place some tiny or crushed candies or other little sweet things in small bowls (but bowls big enough for the glasses to be dipped in upside down). You can use mini chocolate chips (try to find the super mini chips if you can, available at baking shops and places where baking supplies are sold), crushed peppermint bark or candy canes (these may well be hanging around your home at this time of year as well) or m ‘n m’s. Anything that is small and will stick to melted chocolate is fair game. You also see some crushed fruity cereal on the rim of the mango version—we were in an orange frame of mind.
Melt chocolate chips (or butterscotch or white chocolate or peanut butter chips) in a small bowl. This is best done in the microwave if you are melting a small amount. Just put the chips in the bowl, and heat it for 20 second bursts, stirring between each session, until the chips are melted. You can also use a thick caramel or hot fudge sauce, but make sure it’s thick.
Dip the rims of the glasses into the melted chocolate, and then into a bowl with the little candy garnish. You can mix candies as well.
Place these glasses in the freezer so the chocolate can firm up and keep everything in place.
How to Turn Leftover Egg Nog Into Milkshakes: Leftover Egg Nog is just an amazing boozy milkshake waiting to happen (and if you have booze free egg nog, then you have both options!)Tweet This
How to Make an Egg Nog Milkshake
Listen, let’s keep how stupidly easy this all us between us ok? And then you and I can both look like rock stars when we serve these up? I think passing very small glasses of these after a holiday meal would be pretty adorable.
How to Make a Vanilla Egg Nog Milkshake
Again, embarrassingly easy. To make two milkshakes, place 1 pint vanilla ice cream in a blender. Add 1 cup egg nog. Blend. Add more egg nog if you want a looser consistency. Add a bit of vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon or so, if you want to bump up the vanilla flavor. Pour into 2 large glasses and serve.
How to Make a Chocolate Egg Nog Milkshake
Make the vanilla version above, skip the vanilla extract, and add ¼ cup chocolate sauce. Blend.
How to Make a Mango Egg Nog Milkshake
Make the vanilla version above, skip the vanilla extract, and add 1 very ripe mango peeled and cut into chunks. Blend.
Whipped Cream on Top
Optional of course, but the restraint ship has sailed. Here’s how to make perfect whipped cream.
And there you have it—no such thing as leftover egg nog, just a milkshake waiting to be born.
How to Turn Leftover Egg Nog Into Milkshakes
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup egg nog
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional
- Place 1 pint vanilla ice cream in a blender. Add 1 cup egg nog. Blend. Add more egg nog if you want a looser consistency. Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract to bump up the vanilla flavor. Pour into 2 large glasses and serve.
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