Not that hard to make and it is very good. I'm not sure what people who said it didn't taste like eggnog and those who called it too sweet were drinking. Some people said it was too think and some said it was too thick. Some complained about the rum and even the vanilla.
Here is the real deal:
Sweetness: It isn't too sweet. It is roughly in the same range as store bought eggnog. It could certainly be adjusted, but I thought it was just right.
Thickness: It is a little thinner than store bought eggnog once you put the rum in it. If you put rum in the store bought kind, it gets thinner - duh. If you want it to be as thick as non alcoholic, cut back on the rum, use heavy cream, or add a few more egg yolks to thicken it up.
Alcohol: If you don't like rum, you won't like it with the amount of rum called for in it. I made it with Barbancourt which is a Haitian rum made in the French style. If people sat around and drank a couple good sized glasses of this, some of them would probably feel pretty good. Half or even a quarter of the rum would be fine for people who weren't trying to get a buzz but wanted the real flavor.
Spices: It seemed pretty accurate. I might throw a few extra cloves in it to start and maybe mull a stick of cinnamon in the milk with the cloves next time. Nothing was overpowering. No real issues.
Overall, it was what I wanted to make. Eggnog isn't my favorite drink, but I enjoyed it very much.
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Not that hard to make and it is very good. I'm not sure what people who said it didn't taste...