Advocaat is a Dutch drink made from eggs, sugar, and brandy. This creamy custard is perfect for an Easter lunch!
Traditionally you eat advocate from a cup with some chantilly cream, but it is also delicious to incorporate into desserts. I like to add advocaat to my Easter cheesecake and tiramisu or use it as a filling for a cake.
Like custard, you can also make delicious ice cream with advocaat! Because of its bright yellow color, advocaat ice cream to serve at an Easter brunch.
Eggs - because you use raw egg yolk as a base for this drink, it is important to heat them enough. To make sure all the salmonella is dead and the advocaat becomes will thicken, you need to cook the eggs until they reach 64°C.
Vanilla - I am using a whole vanilla pod in this recipe, but you can replace it with one teaspoon of vanilla extract or even a little vanilla sugar.
Vodka or brandy - traditionally, brandy is used to make advocaat, but you can substitute that with gin or vodka. The main thing is to use neutral alcohol.
Keep in mind that you taste alcohol, so it is important to choose a drink that you also enjoy drinking.
How to make advocaat
Advocaat is made by heating eggs with alcohol, sugar, and vanilla au bain-marie until it has the thickness of custard. Then you cool the drink quickly by placing the bowl in a bowl of ice-cold water and stirring until cold.
It's not difficult, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
Because the eggs will curdle if they get too hot, you don't want to cook the eggs too long. A temperature of 62-64°C is perfect.
This temperature also kills the salmonella bacteria, but if you would rather not risk it, you can also use pasteurized eggs.
It is also essential to keep stirring while you cook the eggs. This will help to prevent the eggs from curdling.
What to do with the leftover egg whites?
If you make advocaat, you will end up with a lot of eggwhite bit don't through them away! There are so many amazing recipes you can make with them.
- Use them to make meringue.
- Make some chocolate mousse.
- Add them to an egg wash.
- Make pancakes for breakfast!
- Macarons are also made with egg whites.
- They are used in frothy cocktails like a white lady.
- And if you are feeling adventurous, you could turn them into homemade marshmallows!
Another option is to freeze the egg whites. I like to put them into an ice cube tray before I put them in the freezer.
- It is useful to use a thermometer to ensure the eggs reach the right temperature.
- You heat the eggs au bain-marie, which means you need a heat-resistant bowl that fits on your pan. One made of glass or one made of stainless steel is perfect for this.
- A qt or 500 ml bottle to keep the drink in.
Advocaat tastes the best when served the same day, but in a clean bottle or jar, you can store it for about a month.
More easy drinks recipes
- 10 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup or 180 ml brandy
- 1 vanilla pod
- Prepare a large bowl of cold water in which the eggnog will cool. You can also add some ice cubes.
- Mix the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla pod marrow, and brandy in a large heatproof bowl.
- Bring a layer of water to a boil in a saucepan and place the bowl on top. Make sure the water cannot touch the bowl!
- While stirring, heat the eggs to a temperature of 145 °F or 62-64°C.
- Once the desired temperature is reached, remove the bowl from the pan and place it in a bowl of cold water. This will prevent the eggnog from cooking further!
- Continue to stir the eggs for a few more minutes until it has cooled enough, and pour it through a sieve into a clean bottle.