Obviously, your next move should be to fire up your computer and log on to The Homestead Laboratory to see if those guys have any ideas. Imagine your delight when you find out that they have the perfect concoction to liberate you from your heat-induced misery while simultaneously celebrating the liberation of the good ol' USA from those silly-hat-wearing redcoats! (...and also freedom from only being allowed to drink eggnog on Christmas and Easter.) That's right! We like to celebrate independence of all kinds with a tall (chilled) glass of eggnog, or in this case, independence nog.
The recipe starts out just like before--separate out six egg yolks and beat them until they're thick and light yellow. Add 1.5 c milk and heat them up to 160 °F to kill any salmonella that might be lurking, then add 0.25-0.5 c sugar depending on your inclinations, and another 1.5 c milk. This is where it gets interesting:
|After blenderizing everything with the stick blender, the red, blue, and yellow became this lovely purple color. That's ok. We'll add more red and blue later.|
|But first let's add some white! Vanilla ice cream! Yeah! (It floats, therefore we conclude that ice cream is less dense than eggnog bubbles.)|
6 egg yolks
1.5 cups milk
another 1.5 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup each red and blue berries (e.g., strawberries and blueberries)
another few berries for garnish
1 scoop per cup vanilla ice cream
Beat egg yolks and 1.5 cups milk until uniform. Heat mixture to 160 °F, stirring often. Add sugar and stir until dissolved, then add rest of milk and 1/2 cup each fruit. Homogenize with stick blender. Chill, garnish with vanilla ice cream and more berries, and drink. Appreciate sovereignity.
What do you drink on the 4th of July? What kinds of red and blue things would you add to your independence nog? Tell us in the comments section below!