Mexican Eggnog Is Your New Holiday Party Go-To

by Stephanie Maida · November 30, 2016

    Because we all know you need booze to get through the holidays, here's one way to spice up your cocktail cart: Mexican eggnog. Not only is it delicious, easy, and sure to get you tipsy, it's also a great way to toast a big "screw you!" to a certain wall-lovin' President-elect. 

    The holiday favorite of our neighbors to the south is called Rompope and it's almonds, eggs, cinnamon, and rum. It's got a little more flair than your typical eggnog recipe and a whole lot more fun. 


    2/3 cup blanched almonds
    1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
    6 cups milk
    2 cinnamon sticks
    Rind of 1 lemon
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    8 large egg yolks
    1/2 to 1 cup aged rum or aguardiente


    Pulse almonds with 2 tablespoons sugar until ground to a fine paste.

    Bring milk, cinnamon sticks, lemon rind, vanilla, and baking soda to boil over medium-high heat in large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside.

    In large bowl, whisk egg yolks, remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, and almonds until thick and pale. Remove and discard cinnamon stick and lemon rind from milk. Constantly whisking, slowly add the milk to the yolk mixture.

    Return mixture to pan and cook over low heat, stirring and scraping the bottom and sides of the pan constantly until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside to cool completely, about 2 hours (see notes).

    Stir in rum or aguardiente and serve.

    Recipe via Serious Eats