12/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipe: Bill's Kahlua Eggnog

Here's my dad's famous festive beverage for Thanksgiving morning. It definitely puts us in the holiday mood. It's like a coffee milkshake with a kick.

1 jigger (1 1/2 oz) Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
1 jigger (1 1/2 oz) half-and-half (you can mix cream with milk to approximate this, or try it with milk alone)
1 teaspoon vanilla (or half jigger if you are eyeballing)
1/2 teapoon simple/bar syrup*
1 egg (obviously you want these to be the freshest possible, or use Egg Beaters)
3 heaping tablespoons crushed ice

Blend together until the ice is reduced to small chips. Serve immediately. This generously fills a double old-fashioned glass so may serve 2.

* Most bar syrup these days is nasty stuff. You can make your own by using a 1:1 sugar-water ratio (e.g., 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water) in a saucepan - heat up the water, dissolve the sugar in it, and cook it till it's a little syrupy. Store covered in the fridge or a cool pantry.

Serves 1-2 people.

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