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Welcome to Zanui’s 12 Days of Christmas. We’re revelling in the rush towards the big day with a focus on the art of festive entertaining. From DIY ornaments + Xmas wrap to edible gifts + bunting. Day 7 – Iced Egg Nog!

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It’s Day 7 on our advent calendar of festive entertaining tips! Time flies when you’re having fun. And whilst we might be dreaming of a white Christmas, the sun is out, the streets are a-buzz, and we’re giddy with the irrepressible, ever-present carols!

Adorned in all its festive cheer, the Aussie Christmas is a veritable celebration of summer. Tis the season to catch up with fam + friends. Beach-lounging, chillaxing with a beaded glass in hand – a crisp chardie, rosé, or a cheeky verdelho – over a mezze picnic…

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By contrast, mulled wine + cider says winter. Spiced up, honey and citrus-infused, its the perfect antidote to chilly cockles + bones. Given the lack of winter wonderland, a toasty egg nog seems a little less tempting… So we gave it a little makeover.

Enter Iced Egg Nog. For a more chilled-out cheers! Serve it up in fancy tumblers or cocktail glasses for added chic. This super-simple recipe serves 6 – so invite over some peeps!

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You need

1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
2 cinnamon quills
2 eggs
3/4 cup (185ml) pure (thin) cream
3/4 cup (185ml) milk
100ml each brandy, rum & sherry
Ice cubes
Ground or freshly grated nutmeg, to dust

The how

  1. Place sugar + cinnamon quills in a saucepan with 1/2 cup (125ml) cold water. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove and cool.
  2. Combine 100ml of the syrup in a blender with eggs, cream, milk + alcohol.
  3. Pour into cocktail glasses over ice + serve dusted with nutmeg.
Preparation time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins
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Traditionalists – learn how to make your own mulled wine + cider here… Or innovate to your hearts content with wild Christmas-themed shots like these below! So pretty. =)

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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.