Low Carb Holiday Cocktail Classics to help you remain faithfully low carb during Christmas
One of the things I miss the most about pre-cancer days is convenience. I miss convenience. I miss the ability to drive my cart like a girl, down any grocery store isle of my choice and pick out a quick, convenient package of something without a thought or a shout-out from my over-active conscience.
When I decided to get serious about low carb eating, my conscience became a frequent flyer. So a lot of choices narrowed down quickly, but dangit! I did still have a few crafty choices up my sleeve until the cancer hit! Like the ability to use frankenfoods such as Mootopia, the low sugar milk to make sugar free eggnog.
And double dang it! IF only the store carried some kind of low carb eggnog. I would be their puppet.
Eggnog has long been a holiday favorite. Long before Christmas vacation rolled out with Clark, Eddy, exterior illumination, freshcut Christmas trees, and moose mugs, I’ve been a fan of eggnog.
In fact, it wasn’t Christmas in our house without a gallon or two of eggnog in the fridge. Mama and Daddy insisted on it every year. Their favorite way to make it was to use a prepared (high carbage) eggnog spiked with rum or brandy and served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Even in those days they feared salmonella with us kids and WaWa (Daddy's mama who lived with us.)
OMG. Hold the spirits, but I could eat eggnog over vanilla ice cream for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Talk about overkill! I’m your huckleberry! But Mom and Dad are gone home now and things change. I can no longer buy packaged goods, cuz I KNOW of the carcinogens in many and having had cancer, I don’t want to see the sequal. I don’t wanna eat high carbage junk, so those are out too.
I’m hopelessly locked into a low convenience, scratch cooking world previously inhabited by WaWa and all the Fluffy Chix mamas and grannies who’ve come before. Slightly inconvenient. Vastly underrated. And perhaps, a little ignored, since you guys represent a very small subset of people who want to actually MAKE food from complete scratch these days.
In fact, it does take so much energy to simply make all our food from scratch on top of working that we didn't even put up our Christmas decorations last year while I was going through treatment and having the double mastectomy. Talk about pooped and sick! And this year's tree is up only as a result of my sweet sissies, tireless ability to give and give and give. They came over the Saturday after Thanksgiving to put my tree up for me while I did little more than watch from the couch!
Sadly all the other decorations from childhood and the family Christmas tree are not out this year. The snowscene that we've put out every Christmas since before I was born is safely packed away for another year. The stockings will not be hung and gingerbread houses will be skipped this year as will the second small tree. (Shhh don't tell the boys, they will be pi**ed!)
But back to low carb eggnog, the good news is this is a very credible eggnog recipe. It originated from a writer at About.com and I morphed it into a low carb version. I like this low carb eggnog because it’s actually a cooked custard and that makes me feel safer because of the risk of food born disease such as salmonella. After having a compromised immune system due to the cancer and cancer treatment, I still shy away from eating raw protein.
You can omit the alcohol in the recipe. It will taste delicious. But it adds quite a lot of volume (1cup), so be prepared to serve fewer people. I’m actually gonna imbibe this Christmas as a special occasion for all the low carb holiday cocktails I make for you. But it will be a once a year thing (because of the association of recurrence and alcohol consumption).
If you want to really guild the lily, make a recipe to put into the ice cream freezer and churn the low carb eggnog into ice cream. If you do this, I would probably reduce the amount of alcohol to about ¼ to ½ cup so that it will freeze ok. There might be problems with freezing if the alcohol quantity is 1 cup. Use the ice cream to garnish the eggnog, or simply garnish it with low carb whipped cream.
I will be back later with more step-by-step pictures, but felt it more important to just get the recipe out to you guys!
Cheers! And hope your Christmas and Hanukkah are merry and bright!
Low Carb Eggnog
Full Recipe: $11.03
Serves: 10 Serving Size: ½ cup Yield: About 5-6 cups
Fantastic low carb, cooked eggnog makes the Holidays merry and bright!
|Low Carb Eggnog with a shaved dark chocolate rim,|
dollop of no sugar added whipped cream and a dusting
of freshly grated nutmeg.
|1960 The family Christmas tree. |
Dad wired each light so it stood perfectly
in the branches and hid the cords.
|Our annual family portrait minus Dad and WaWa.|
|Vintage Snow Scene that has been up every year for|
over 60 years.
|Pre-Cancer Christmas Tree at the Fluffy House.|
Per serving: $1.11 each
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Primary Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Start to Finish Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
|Low Carb Eggnog in moose mug makes Denny and|
the "boys" Merry and Bright!
For the custard:
- 1/3 cup erythritol, granular -- measure before powdering
- 2 tablespoons xylitol, granular -- measure before powdering
- 1/16 teaspoon stevia powder (Sweet Leaf – pure stevia)
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 cup water
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the eggnog:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2-3 drops EZSweetz
- ½ cup Cognac -- or brandy
- ½ cup rum
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg -- freshly ground
In an ice cold bowl, whip 1 cup heavy cream with 2-3 drops EZSweetz or your preferred sugar substitute. Beat until soft peaks form. Stir in a heavy pinch of nutmeg (freshly grated is preferred but not imperative.)
Per Serving: 287 Calories; 24g Fat (79.1% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 9g Dietary Fiber; 145mg Cholesterol; 44mg Sodium; 2g Net Carbs.
This is a ridiculously easy and glamorous Holiday cocktail. I love it because it reminds me of our daddy, who adored eggnog and never felt like it was Christmas if he didn't have it. The tradition of Holiday 'nog continued through our brother-in-law who makes a fantastic eggnog, and through Denny who shares our dad's eggnog passion.
|Low Carb Eggnog with Whipped Cream. |
85% Cacao Lindt Extra Dark Chocolate shavings around
the rim is a surprising and festive addition.