The holidays don't officially start until you bring out the eggnog - preferably spiked. So, say hello to ma lil frwends - excuse the slurring.
I have not always been a fan of eggnog, but I find if I add it to something I truly enjoy it can actually be quite tasty. For instance, chai tea - more specifically, chai latte from Starbucks. I am addicted to the stuff. And, around this time of year SB features a few drinks to help bring on the holiday cheer, one of which is eggnog latte.
Do you see where this is going? It's a little place called Cheggnog! Translation - Chai Eggnog. A shot of chai (or two, if you're like me), a shot of eggnog, some soy milk, heat, froth, enjoy! It's my mid-morning warm-up.
I enjoy eggnog best when baked. Last year, I introduced eggnog into my baking when I made these Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts with Eggnog Glaze. They were great and a certain individual who claims eggnog is vile, inhaled a few of the donuts and survived - enjoyed them, even.
So this year, I decided to turn one of my favourite drinks into a baked good to try to convert the tastebuds of eggnog haters, including one, Nina Roy as part of the Eggnog Challenge.
Cupcakes make everything better, even eggnog. These Chai Eggnog Cupcakes topped with spiked Cheggnog Swiss Meringue Buttercream will have you
asking begging for seconds, if not more. The light spicy flavour of the chai is nicely complemented by the smooth rich taste of the buttercream. The added alcohol provides the festive factor. But not too much alcohol, or you might find yourself seeing strange things. Quick... blink to make it disappear!
|Over-sized reindeer at the Eaton Centre, Toronto.|
Speaking of reindeer... I am guessing these would be a welcome treat for Santa along with a glass of virgin eggnog - we don't want him drinking and driving.
What are you waiting for? I've already started eating mine - you'll need to make your own. The recipe is below. Whatever eggnog treat you decide to make, be sure to share it with Nina Roy for a chance to win an Ultimate Eggnog Lovers Prize Pack!