Now this is real eggnog! You won't find that artificial, gross, or syrupy tasting mess that is typical of store-bought eggnog here. This eggnog is creamy, decadent, and natural. In order to save myself and guests from an instant spike in cholesterol, I only used six yolks and replaced the cream with half and half. I've made this recipe as-written too, and it *is* truly amazing, but with all the holiday goodies, I decided to cut back on the fats in this drink a bit. It doesn't alter the flavor, but obviously it won't be as creamy. Definitely don't skip on straining the custard, because you will have some "cooked egg pieces" in there otherwise. In order to get the custard creamy enough, some of the egg does cook even while you're stirring on the lowest heat setting. I cut the sugar back to 3/4 cup (with 1/4 cup of it being brown sugar because I ran out of white sugar) and it was perfect if you don't like too-sweet drinks. I think the amount of alcohol was good, but I like to taste the rum when it's drowned in lots of milk or cream. :) If you want it to be more subtle, then yes, I recommend cutting down on the amount of rum at least one cup.
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Now this is real eggnog! You won't find that artificial, gross, or syrupy tasting mess that...