What is Advocaat

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Advocaat is a delicious alcoholic beverage on the market that should be tried if you ever find yourself in Europe!

What is Advocaat?

Advocaat or advocatenborrel is a smooth, almost custard-like alcoholic drink made from egg yolks, sugar, and brandy. It is often served mixed with lemonade. The alcohol content of advocaat can be anywhere between 14% and 20%, and there are many different brands, although it is not often found outside Europe. A very thick type of advocaat sold almost exclusively in the Netherlands and Belgium is much more like a traditional custard, and is eaten with a small spoon. A more liquid form of the drink is often exported and can be found in specialty stores. This traditional Dutch drink may look a lot like eggnog, but it is not the same thing.

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How to Make Advocaat?

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Traditional Advocaat Recipe

The traditional Dutch advocaat is thicker than the usual eggnog. You can enjoy it as a tipple or as a dessert on its own. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 3-4 drops vanilla flavoring

Instructions

  • Fill a medium-sized saucepan with 1 inch of water, bring to a simmer, and then reduce to low heat.
  • In a glass bowl, whisk together egg yolks, salt, sugar, and cinnamon until the yolks are ribboned and the sugar is dissolved.
  • Whisk in the brandy.
  • Place the bowl over the simmering water and continue to whisk until the mixture can coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla flavoring.
  • Refrigerate for at least six hours before serving. The mixture can be kept refrigerated for up to 30 days.
    Eggnog beverage in a glass served with cinnamon stick

Notes

This sweet and thick eggnog is often used as a filling in cakes, pastries and other desserts. 

Advocaat Uses

Due to its custard-like qualities, this alcohol is a popular base for ice cream or as a filling for pastries. The most popular cocktail made with this liquor is the Snowball, primarily served in the Christmas season, which consists of advocaat, lemonade, and occasionally lime juice.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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