My favorite drink around the holidays has always been Ponche Crema. This is what we call Eggnog in Venezuela and it tastes very similar but not exactly the same. I think every country has it’s version of Ponche Crema too, they are all similar and there are many many recipes for this simple drink.
Growing up during the holidays some of my aunts and my mom would make it to give Ponche Crema as a present, it was fun to try each different one, they all had their special taste. And if you would go to somebody’s house to visit they would offer you some, either homemade or from the bottle, but there is always Ponche Crema around the holidays, otherwise it would not feel like Holiday season!
So I searched for a recipe among my family to share with you here. I had several given to me but I decided to make this one first. This is my dear aunt’s recipe, maybe you want to join me and make it to have around at home for the guests during the holidays? We don’t get many guests but I’ll prepare myself, that way the guests might come!
3 cups of Rum (more or less depending on your taste)
1 cup of Brandy
2 Sweetened Condensed Milk cans
3 cups of water
1 ts of Vanilla
Mix the egg yolks with the Condensed Milk and the water, add more water if it’s too thick. Add the cloves and the vanilla. Cook at low heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. When it starts to boil turn it off. Add the rum and the brandy, pour into bottles, let it sit until it;s at room temperature and then refrigerate.
This will be enough for a big bottle like the one in the picture and maybe 2 glasses more. I love to drink it on ice with a touch of strong coffee, que rico! I also made half of it without alcohol so that the kids could drink it too.
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Una docene de huevos
3/4 litro de ron
1/4 litro de brandy
clavitos de especie
2 latas de leche condensada
3 tazas de agua
1 cucharadita de vainilla
Mezcla las yemas con la leche condensada, las tazas de agua, si esta muy espesa agrega otra tacita de agua y cocina a fuego lento. Agrega la vainilla y los clavitos. Revuelve con una cuchara de madera en forma continua, cuando comienze a hervir apaga el fuego y retira la olla. Agrega el ron y el brandy. Viértelo en una botella o en varias. Deja enfriar a temperatura ambiente y mete en la nevera.