Eggnog with a floral twist

A modern twist on a vintage classic

Your great-aunt probably has a bottle of advocaat tucked away at the back of the cupboard but let’s be honest, a bottle of yellow booze that’s been gathering dust is not very impressive! Our modern variant, freshly prepared and finished with flowers and plants, gives the image of this vintage drink a nice reboot. 

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The eggnog (serves eight) requires:

  • Viola petals*
  • Mint leaves
  • Yolks of 8 eggs
  • Vanilla pod
  • 500ml brandy
  • 400g sugar
  • Kitchen thermometer
  • Eight glasses of water

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Get to work

Beat the egg yolks, sugar and seeds from the vanilla pod into a smooth and creamy mixture. Heat this mixture in a bain marie and gradually add the brandy while stirring. Use the kitchen thermometer to keep the temperature below 85 degrees, otherwise the mixture will cook.Advocaat met een fleurige twist Mooiwatplantendoen.nl

Place the mixture in a bowl of cold water when it has reached the correct thickness. Keep stirring until it has cooled completely.

Get your best glasses out of the cupboard (or borrow your great-aunt’s) and fill them with your home-made eggnog. Garnish with viola petals or mint leaves, and it’s ready to serve! 

If you pour any leftover eggnog into a sterilised bottle, you can store it for a few weeks!


*Please note: never tuck in to just any old (cut) flower or plant; only use edible flowers from specialist suppliers that have been grown for human consumption.