Creme de Vie

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November 25, 2015

My mom is known for whipping up a tasty beverage called Crème de Vie, French for “cream of life.” Make what you will of the name, but once you taste it you’ll understand. Crème de Vie is sometimes mistaken for simple eggnog but believe me, it’s far superior. We love to drink it when we’re in the kitchen cooking up a holiday storm. A small amount of this nectar of the gods goes a long way. Made with one of my favorite ingredients, sweetened condensed milk, it’s like drinking a dessert.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • 5 mins

    5 mins

    10 mins

  • Yields: Serves 2 - 4


Simple syrup

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 cinnamon stick

Crème de Vie

Simple syrup (recipe above)

1 can sweetened condensed milk

6 egg yolks

1 cup of Spanish cider, (Sidra)  

1 cup of rum (2 if you’re not using Spanish cider)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Ground nutmeg


Making the syrup:

1Place all ingredients into a pot. Do not stir. Bring to a boil then lower to medium high and cook until the sugar disappears. Test with a wooden spoon. Let it cool on the spoon, it should be sticky to the touch.

2Set aside and let it cool completely.

Making the drink:

1Mix all ingredients except the nutmeg in a bowl and whisk. Strain three times through a fine mesh colander. Be sure to catch all the remnants of yolk. Do not force them through the strainer.

2Pour into a beautiful aperitif glass or shallow wine glass and top with a dash of nutmeg.