This drink is often called ''advocaat of the devil'' because once you start nipping at this sweet nectar, you cannot resist the temptation to have more. Take a Dutch adventure right in your own home and enjoy advocaat as a thick, seasonal tipple during the winter holidays, pour it over vanilla ice cream or use as a filling in desserts, pastries, and cakes.
A note about consistency: The Dutch prefer their advocaat thicker than the eggnog you might be used to. So thick that you can— in fact, must—eat it with a spoon, sort of like a thick malt you eat with a spoon only it's eggnog-flavored. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a bit of cream.
- Beat the egg yolks, salt, and sugar until the mixture is thickened.
- Slowly trickle in the brandy or cognac but keep beating until it is well-blended.
- Pour the mixture into a saucepan and warm over a low heat, continuously whisking.
- It is important to be patient. The advocaat is ready when it's nicely thickened and hot but not boiling. If it boils, the alcohol will evaporate, and you'll lose a lot of the flavor and half the fun.
- When the mix is thickened and very hot, remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Allow the advocaat to cool and then place in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve in small glasses or espresso cups.
- Top with whipped cream and a bit of cocoa powder to serve in the traditional manner or just serve with whipped cream or plain.
- Fold some whipped cream through the drink to create a decadent dessert called tokkelroom.
- The advocaat will keep in the fridge for up to three days.
- Replace the brandy with Schelvispekel, a Dutch spiced brandy, for an interesting variation.
Advocaat, with its custard-like flavor, makes for an interesting holiday party drink as a twist on American eggnog. It's just about a dessert in itself, so stay on the light and/or small side with fudge, salted caramels, petits fours, a selection of nuts and dried fruits, nut bread, tiny cupcakes or holiday cookies. Some richer options that pair well with advocaat are cream puffs, a creamy chocolate pie topped with whipped cream, apple pie, cherry pie or raisin pie with sour cream, an especially good choice for wintertime parties.