Peppermint Eggnog Ice Cream

I realize this isn’t international, but I made up such a tasty and simple recipe that I have to share it :)  Typically if you’re making a creamy smooth homemade ice cream, you’ll start by preparing a type of custard with milk, cream, and often eggs. Conveniently enough, eggnog is already a similar base and worked great all by itself without requiring the extra work.  To give it an extra holiday kick – I added a shot of bourbon and peppermint – the outcome is worthy of any holiday festivity!
Peppermint Eggnog Ice Cream
1 quart eggnog
1 Tbsp. bourbon
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/4 c. crushed peppermint candy
Mix together the liquid ingredients and chill in the refrigerator 4-6 hours (if already chilled, you can proceed to the next step). Place in an ice cream freezer and follow manufacturer’s directions to make ice cream. Towards the end, mix in the peppermint candy. Note: if you add the candy earlier in the process, it will melt into the ice cream – that’s ok too. I added half of it early in the process and the other half at the end and that worked out well.
Once ice cream is frozen to soft-serve consistency, either eat immediately or place it in a container in the freezer to become a hard, scoopable ice cream. It actually turns out to be a very smooth ice cream, since eggnog is already a type of custard similar to most ice cream recipes. And much easier!

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