I found this recipe in the Southern Living, Ultimate Christmas Cookbook…and as you can see, I ended up taking a picture of the picture from the Cookbook because this punch was so incredibly delicious that I was completely moved to drink more of it and in the end I forgot to take the picture.
Although I have never really been a big fan of Eggnog, it just seemed like if you are having a Christmas Eve party it is something that should be served. My next door neighbor Debbie gave me this cookbook around Thanksgiving time as an early Christmas present hoping that I would find a few things in it and this is one of the many that we tried throughout the holiday season….
- 2 cups of Milk
- 1 Vanilla Bean, split lengthwise
- 1 3 inch cinnamon stick
- 6 cups refrigerated or canned eggnog
- 1 1/2 cups Frangelico or other hazelnut liqueur
- 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
- Grated nutmeg, optional
Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan, place over medium heat, and cook until hot (do not boil), stirring often. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 30 minutes. Scrape vanilla bean seeds into milk mixture. Cover and chill. Discard vanilla bean and cinnamon stick.
Combine chilled milk mixture, eggnog, and Frangelico in a punch bowl, fold in whipped cream. Scoop ice cream into punch, stir gently. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg, if desired.