Cola de Mono (Chilean Eggnog)




Ingredients

  • 1 gallon milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup whole coffee beans (or ½ cup instant coffee)
  • 6 egg yolks

Procedure

  1. Bring the milk to a boil with the sugar, vanilla, and coffee.
  2. Let it simmer slowly, stirring occasionally, until the milk turns a light brown.
  3. Remove from the heat, strain, and return to low heat.
  4. Add a couple of Tablespoons of the hot milk to the egg yolks to dilute and warm them.
  5. Stir the yolks back into the mixture and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Let it cool completely before drinking.
Serves 8 to 12.
Chileans also drink eggnog on New Year's Eve, celebrated on December 31. This is a favorite holiday. At midnight, Chileans hug and kiss each other, saying (in Spanish), "Good luck and may all your wishes come true." Some believe they will have good luck if they eat lentejas (lentils) at midnight.
Because many Chileans are Roman Catholic, days named after saints are important holidays. Children often celebrate the saint's day with the same name as theirs. October 4 is St. Francis of Assisi's day. Girls named Francisca and boys named Francisco celebrate this saint's day with a party and cake, as if it were their birthday. They also celebrate their own real birthdays. At both celebrations, torta de cumpleaños (birthday cake) is served.


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