Let me introduce you to the enchanting world of Eierlikör, a delightful egg nog liqueur that Germans love not only as a luscious drink but also as the star of various desserts. Can you imagine a more fabulous way to celebrate a joyous occasion than with Eierlikörtorte (egg liqueur cake), Eierlikörpralinen (egg liqueur truffles), or some delicious Eierlikör Cocktails?
The best part is that you can make your own German egg cordial with only a few ingredients in just 15 minutes from scratch. Yes, my foodie friends, homemade egg liqueur is as easy as pie.
Generations of families have lovingly passed down their treasured Eierlikör recipes, ensuring that this delectable beverage continues to warm hearts and tingle taste buds during German celebrations. And in this post, I will share my secret family recipe with you. Prost!
There's nothing quite like a homemade liqueur to elevate any occasion, be it birthdays, anniversaries, or festive celebrations. Now, picture this: a delectable German apple-cinnamon liqueur handcrafted by none other than you!
Just imagine gifting a delightful duo of egg liqueur and apple liqueur, a present that shows the warmth and charm of German treats, to your loved ones. It's a truly special surprise that will leave a lasting impression on the hearts (and taste buds) of all those who adore the scrumptious flavors of Germany.
The history of Eierlikör has an intriguing story that dates back to the 17th century! European explorers in present-day Brazil were amazed to find a unique refreshment among the indigenous people of the Amazon: Abacate, a drink made mostly from avocados.
Later, a touch of rum and cane sugar were added, and the drink was transformed into "Advocaat," the precursor to our modern-day Eierlikor. Fast forward to 1876, when Eugen Verpoorten, a distiller from Antwerp, made a fantastic discovery. Due to a lack of avocados, he substituted egg yolks and crafted his "secret recipe."
And here's the magical part: since the founding of the Verpoorten company in 1867 in Heinsberg (North Rhine-Westphalia), this unaltered recipe has been carefully guarded, passed down through five generations, and it continues to delight our taste buds to this very day!
What is Eierlikör?
Eierlikör is a creamy cordial based on egg yolks, sugar and rum. The most popular brand that sells Eierlikör is called Advocaat. This charming concoction holds a special place in the hearts of many, particularly as a favorite sip at the iconic German "Kaffeklatsch."
But the magic of the famous egg liqueur extends far beyond this social gathering. With its versatility, it can be enjoyed in a medley of mixed drinks, delectable baked goods, and heavenly desserts. And let's not forget, a luscious drizzle of egg liqueur over ice cream can truly transform an ordinary scoop into an extraordinary indulgence!
How to pronounce "Eierlikör" in German?
Listen to this audio file to hear how to say "Eierlikör". Der Eierlikör (m/singular).
Ingredients & Substitutions
It's magical that you can make such a delicious homemade coridal with just a few simple ingredients.
Egg Yolks - use only fresh eggs. The most important ingredient for this recipe is eggs, which should be of high quality.
Sugar - I prefer powdered sugar because it dissolves easily and does not leave a grainy texture. If you prefer, you can use white or light brown sugar instead.
Vanilla - A hint of vanilla is essential for egg liqueur, as it adds a subtle, aromatic sweetness that enhances the overall flavor profile and complements the rich, creamy base.
Alcohol - I love to use brown rum for my homemade egg nog liqueur. But some people prefer clear, flavorless alcohol, such as vodka or a neutral grain spirit, as it allows the creamy, rich taste of the egg yolks and the hint of vanilla to shine through without being overpowered by the alcohol's flavor.
Milk - adding evaporated milk contributes a creamier, richer texture and enhanced depth of flavor. You can substitute sweetened condensed milk, but you'll need to adjust the sugar to your taste and add some regular milk to thin the drink out.
See recipe card for quantities.
There are several delightful flavor variations of Eierlikör that can add an exciting twist to the classic recipe. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Chocolate: Add melted dark or milk chocolate to the mixture for a rich, decadent version of Eierlikör.
- Hazelnut: Blend in hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico, or even hazelnut spread for a nutty, fragrant twist.
- Coffee: Incorporate brewed espresso or coffee liqueur, like Kahlúa, for a caffeinated spin on the traditional egg nog liqueur.
- Caramel: Swirl in some caramel sauce or dulce de leche for a lusciously sweet and velvety variation.
- Orange: Add a splash of orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau, or a bit of orange zest for a bright, citrusy touch.
- Cinnamon: Stir in a pinch of ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick to infuse the Eierlikör with warm, spicy notes.
- Coconut: replace the evaporated milk with coconut cream.
Homemade egg liqueur is very easy and fast to make. Just follow these simple instructions.
Step 1: First, separate the eggs and place the yolks into a heat proof mixing bowl.
Whisk the yolks with the vanilla extract and powdered sugar until it's all smooth and creamy.
Step 2: Next, add evaporated milk to the egg-yolk mixture. Whisk the mixture over a double boiler until it gets thick and creamy.
This will take around 5 to 10 minutes; this is why I like to use a hand mixer.
Step 3: Once that's done, take it off the heat and stir in the alcohol.
Step 4: Pour the drink into clean bottles, but leave about an inch of space at the top.
The mix will thicken over time, if it gets too difficult to pour, just add a splash of heavy whipping cream or more rum and give it a good shake.
Whipping up a batch of homemade Eierlikör creates a delightful, heartfelt gift that is sure to impress and delight friends and loved ones alike.
You might be surprised to learn that making homemade cordial does not require special utensils.
- measuring cups and spoons
- large, heat proof mixing bowl
- hand mixer or whisk
- large pot
- small bottles with airtight lid
- funnel (optional)
How to Store Eierlikör?
To properly store Eierlikör, pour it into a clean, airtight glass bottle or jar, and keep it in the refrigerator, where it can be safely stored for up to 8 weeks, maintaining its freshness and rich, creamy flavors.
How to Serve
Eierlikör can be served in a variety of ways to showcase its rich and creamy flavors:
Straight up: Enjoy it chilled in a small cordial or shot glass as a delightful after-dinner treat.
Over ice: Savor it on the rocks in a lowball glass for a cool, refreshing sip.
In coffee or hot chocolate: Mix it into a cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate, creating a deliciously creamy and warm beverage.
Over dessert: Drizzle it over ice cream, pudding, or fruit compote to add a luxurious touch and elevate your dessert experience.
In cocktails: Use Eierlikör as a base for mixed drinks, such as a "Bombardino" or a "Wilde Hilde", blending it with other ingredients for a unique, indulgent beverage.
In baked goods: Incorporate Eierlikör into baked goods, like cakes or torten, to infuse them with its distinctive, creamy flavor.
Get creative and enjoy this delicious drink in various ways that suit your preferences!
Eierlikör - German Egg Liqueur
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 10 oz. evaporated milk
- ¾ cup rum (54%) brown or white, see alternatives in post or more to taste
- Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Add the evaporated milk and beat on the double boiler until the mixture thickens. This step needs some patience, as it will take about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from the double boiler and stir in the brown rum.
- Pour the mixture into clean, sterilized bottles. Leave 1 inch of the bottle empty. The liquid will thicken over time, and it can be difficult to pour it easily. Just add a shot of liquid heavy whipping cream or rum and shake well.
- This recipe makes about 32.7 fl.oz. Which is about 22 shot glasses of Eierlikör.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.