“Eierlikör” – Germany’s answer to eggnog! Perfect for X-mas
Well, it’s no secret that we Germans like a drink (or two). One Christmas day, a friend and myself came up with the ingenious idea to buy some eggnog and do as all the Americans do in the x-mas movies. We got some cheap terrible eggnog and had a fun night. A year later I decided to make the drink myself and a tradition was born. For the last about 10 years I have been making Eierlikör every Christmas since.
Eierlikör literally translates to ‘egg liquor’. It’s thicker and creamier than the American eggnog. With its creamy texture and delicious vanilla taste it almost makes you feel like you are drinking a dessert. So many people have told me that they don’t like Eierlikör and I proved every single one of them wrong after they tasted my take on it.
Though I used the bottle of one of my favorite whiskeys, usually I make this drink with brown rum (40 – 54%). Recently I discovered that Jim Beam makes a honey bourbon, which goes incredibly well with this recipe. Choose whatever spirit you like!
If you want to keep this drink, make sure you use a sterilized bottle. Sterilize the bottle and your funnel with boiling water before filling it. As there is raw egg in it, you should keep it refrigerated and still finish it within a few days. That shouldn’t be a problem, right?
(This will give you about 1 liter of Eierlikör)
- 6 egg yolks (use the egg-whites for omelets or macaroons)
- 1 sachet vanilla sugar
- 250g powdered sugar
- 250ml brown rum, or honey bourbon
- 300ml condensed milk (the one you’d use for coffee)
Mix up your own tasty eggnog
In a large heatproof bowl, mix the egg yolks and vanilla sugar with a handheld mixer until foamy and creamy.
Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl and stir to combine. Pour in rum and condensed milk. Mix to combine.
Put your heatproof bowl on-top of a pot with boiling water (au bain-marie style). Stir continuously until your mixture thickens. Make sure you keep stirring, otherwise you end up with scrambled eggs in sweet-rum…
Pour your thickened liquor into a sterilized bottle. Put the cap on once cooled down.
Keep your Eierlikör refrigerated and serve cold. Sip away and enjoy your x-mas!!
Let me know in the comments what you think of the recipe! Have you ever tried German Eierlikör? Do you think another spirit work even better? Think there is something missing in this recipe? Leave your comment and help to make this even better!