The Christmas season is doubly special in the Roy home because we were married in December and because we spent our first Christmas together as a married couple in Vienna and Salzburg, roaming the Christmas markets and LARPing as the Von Trapps. There’s nothing like Christmas in the heart of the former Holy Roman Empire. The St. Stephen Cathedral may now be emblazoned with a Coca-Cola logo, and it may be flooded by Chinese tourists who have no qualms about using flash photography during high mass, but despite all these obvious detriments, the goodness and gemütlichkeit of tradition still shines through.
At the iconic Christmas markets, you have a choice of three beverages: beer, mulled wine, or eggnog. That’s standard American tradition now too, but it was in Austria that I learned that for the latter two options, you can add a shot of Amaretto for an extra euro. I have to say, it’s amazing what a dash of Italian influence can do for Germanic consumables. This experience ignited my inner Nonna, who, this year, will be remembering our anniversary by making some homemade eggnog.
This recipe is nothing like the saccharine stuff you’ll find at the grocery store. Rum…
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