Combine the raisins, orange zest and Jack Daniel's in a small bowl and soak about 20 minutes. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Place the bread cubes in the prepared dish. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in the milk and vanilla to make a custard. Fold the raisin mixture into bread cubes. Pour the custard over it all and let stand for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with nutmeg and dot with butter. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place in the center of the over and bake the pudding for about 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or cool, drizzled with heavy cream if desired.
Yield: 8 servings.