Talking about Bombardino is always a pleasure in winter: it warms your heart and throat, to mention it.
But let’s start from the origin: what is Bombardino?
We could also call it a cocktail if we wanted to. Indeed it is an enhanced and “cooked” egg nog, which should be served very hot to chase away the cold caught on the ski slopes.
In practice, it is a zabaglione to which cream, brandy and coffee are added.
There are many variations, but you need to know that there is always a zabaglione to which you can add either coffee (calimero) or rum or even whiskey.
There are a thousand recipes and variations that have now invaded the ski slopes of all of Italy. Even if the first, true Bombardino was served at the Mottolino hut in Livigno.
Even if bombardino was born as a caloric and alcoholic bomb to wake you up, remember that you can always refine it with spices such as anise, cinnamon, cloves and, of course, nutmeg.
Another interesting variant is the triple sec, which adds a delicious citrus note. If you feel creative and particularly voracious, after skiing all day on the Giorgio Rocca slope, decorate with whipped cream and melted dark chocolate.
But now, let’s go to the Bombardino recipe!
Ingredients and doses of the Bombardino
- 8 cl of brandy or whisky
- 5 yolks
- 60 grams of sugar
- 50 grams of fresh cream
How to prepare the perfect bombardino
First of all, the tools: whisk and a saucepan (with a thick bottom) with which it is possible to cook in a bain-marie.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks and place the latter in the saucepan with the sugar.
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture is soft, fluffy, and whitish.
Start cooking in a bain-marie without boiling the water violently.
Be careful not to let the zabaglione stick to the edges of the saucepan, continuing to mix, always with the same movement: from top to bottom.
Do not overcook; otherwise, you will serve a very swollen bombardino: it must remain quite fluid.
After 3-4 minutes, turn off the stove and add the liquid cream and mix.
Add the brandy or whiskey or rum or triple sec a little at a time and serve. Decorate with a curl of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa or cinnamon.
If you want to warm up your holidays with other winter cocktails, you could also try the Brandy Egg nog, the Irish Coffee, the Golden Cadillac, White Russian, French Connection, B-52, Rusty Nail, Alexander, Godmother and the Godfather.