The Best Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Nog EVER!

This post linked to: October 2011 Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Round-up

I have been waiting all year to write this post.

Two reasons:

#1 I finally got to adopt the coveted Ricki Heller for the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event.
#2 It's eggnog season and that means more of Ricki's Holiday Nog.

As I write this, I am sipping on a second glass of Ricki's rich and decadent "adult beverage." I took the pictures while sipping on the first. So if the photo is slightly out of focus, if this post is riddled with tydpos, and if I start rambling about eggnog and am a little hard to follow, well ... must have been some pretty powerful rum extract!

Allegedly, my Grandpa Quaintance made the best eggnog ever. Then again, after three glasses of his "heavy-on-the-juice" stuff, what eggnog wouldn't earn that title? Those grown-ups. I never understood what all the fuss was about—until I was "of age."

Grandpa made his the old-fashioned way; whole milk, heavy cream, egg yolks, egg whites. Wow! Rich and creamy all right—and just a tad heavy on the booze for me. Nevertheless, the ceremonial drinking of grandpa's eggnog is a tradition I've not forgotten.

Grandpa passed some years ago but the sweet memories of him and his holiday tradition have not faded. Last Christmas I was craving some of his eggnog, but knew that my stomach couldn't do all that cream. So I hopped online and found Ricki and her Holiday Nog. It may not be your traditional egg and cream nog, but it's every bit as satisfying—at least it is to me. I like that it's not heavy and that it's sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and easily alcohol-free (just use rum extract).

Here is the recipe.

I have followed Ricki for a while now. Aside from being one of the kindest people I know (and pretty cool for being Canadian ;), she is a true innovator and talented recipe developer. Visit her blog and you will quickly pick up that she follows a vegan diet and uses healthy, and sometimes non-traditional ingredients (which I love). She has been a huge contributor of Candida cleansing recipes and content to the internet—so much so that SHAPE Magazine recently nominated her for the 2011 SHAPE Best Blogger Award. She's a popular lady and so it was with delight that I beat everyone else out and got to adopt her for this month's Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event! If you are fighting the yeast beast, you'll find a great deal of inspiration, resources and coaching at Diet Dessert and Dogs. And, while you are there, be sure to check out Ricki's e-cookbook series.

For the full round-up of this month's Adopt a Gluten-Free Bloggers adoptions, stop by As Good as Gluten. Lauren, many thanks for hosting and all your hard work!