Crema de Vie

Dec 03, 2009 by Print This Post
Drink Type: Holiday Drink Categories: Mixologist Recipes  

cremadevieIngredients:

•    2 cups sugar
•    1 cup water
•    6 egg yolks
•    1 can condensed milk
•    1 can evaporated milk
•    1 tsp. vanilla
•    1-2 cups rum, or to taste

Directions

Make a syrup by mixing the sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer for 3 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat the yolks until light yellow. Add the milks (condensed and evaporated), the vanilla, and the rum. Stir in the sugar syrup.

Crema de Vie is a Cuban-style eggnog whose name, literally translated, means “cream of life.” It is a traditional after-dinner drink commonly enjoyed during the holidays and often given, in decorative bottles, as gifts to friends and family members as a sign of good will. The two holidays it is most closely associated with are Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

When I was growing up, my tia (“aunt” in Spanish) used to always have a bottle of Crema de Vie at the family Christmas gatherings. This recipe is slightly different from any recipe you would find online because it has been modified and perfected as it was passed down through the generations of my family. My tia got the recipe from her mother, who got the recipe from her tia. It is a Cuban holiday tradition that I enjoy carrying on with my friends and family.

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About the author

Kristen is an iMi Account Manager and Bar Chef that has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for 14+ years. She has a highly creative educational background that helps her guide her clients toward innovative and exciting projects and promotions. She has been a contributing writer for In the Mix magazine since early 2007.
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