Traditional eggnog requires significant prep time. Instead, try this alternative spiked with vanilla beans and rum by Marleigh Riggins Miller of the bartending blog Sloshed.Hyperkinetic.org.
Ingredients: 5 cups milk 4 vanilla beans, halved 8 oz. aged rum (like Bacardi 8 or Old New Orleans 10) 12 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon Urban Moonshine Maple bitters (available at amazon.com) Star anise pods and cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Directions: Put milk in a saucepan; add vanilla seeds and pods. When milk is hot but not boiling, remove from heat and add rum, sugar and bitters. Stir to dissolve sugar, remove vanilla pods, and pour into warmed mugs. Garnish with star anise and cinnamon sticks.