Lots of recipes for homemade eggnog call for extensive aging, but this recipe can be thrown together right before a holiday party. Just whip egg yolks with sugar, cream, and bourbon, then fold in fluffy whipped egg whites. It makes an eggnog with much more balance than the store-bought versions, which are often oddly thick and cloyingly sweet. Serve it over ice with a sprinkle of nutmeg for a classy holiday beverage.
Game plan: The eggnog can be made through step 2 up to 3 hours ahead, covered, and refrigerated. When ready to serve, whip and incorporate the egg whites and serve immediately.