09 December 2014
Chai nog and coffee nog
It's December! Time to break out the nog!
I tend to veer away from the traditional "nog + brandy + rum" concoctions as long as it's not actually Christmas Eve. Instead, nog has become a tasty treat with which to spike my usual dose of hot caffeine action.
Now, I am not one for making very fussy coffee drinks at home. There is no espresso machine in our house, and no milk foamer, and we don't really want to acquire them. So that means these drinks are super simple: just a cup of strong, spicy chai or serious coffee, with a creamy nog addition. They're really easy and really delicious.
Any nog of your choice should work well here. Dairy eggnog, soy nog, homemade almond and date nog -- any and all are good.
Even without any alcohol, the sweetness and thickness of nog makes these drinks perfect for a dessert nightcap. Just use a decaf spiced chai or coffee and you should be all ready for a fragrant, spiced trip to sleeptown.
And if you do want to add a slug of brandy, go for it!
Brew 1 cup strong chai of your choosing. I use a standard tea bag and let it infuse for at least 5 minutes for serious flavor. Top up your cup with eggnog. If you like nutmeg, a little sprinkle is a good garnish.
Brew yourself a cup of strong coffee. Top up your cup with eggnog.
Drink and be happy!
What festive holiday drinks are you drinking this season?