Eggnog is rich, creamy and easy to make at home with just a handful of ingredients. With warm spices and alcohol, this holiday treat just cannot be missed!
This thick and creamy Eggnog made with egg, milk, cream, sugar, and lots of booze tastes incredible. It has the right amount of sweetness with a hint nutmeg and cinnamon, it’s perfect for a holiday meal particularly a nice savory ham recipe, then it is spiked with lots of tasty alcohol to bring in the holiday spirit. This drink screams tradition in so many households, even though it is served cold it will surely warm the soul.
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This eggnog recipe is so easy to make that you will stop buying the pre-packaged versions loaded with preservatives and most of them taste like thick sweetened milk. This eggnog drink that I am going to share does use raw eggs. However, If that freaks you out, I am also going to share a method where the eggs are cooked.
What is Eggnog?
A rich chilled sweetened dairy-based delicious beverage that is most typically spiked! (but can be made sans alcohol for those under-age or do not care to partake)
Traditional eggnog is made with raw egg. Although, when alcohol is added to the eggnog, the alcohol acts as a preservative. Alcohol prevents the eggs from developing Salmonella or any other bacteria for that matter. So making it safe to consume. A way to be doubly assured, use the freshest eggs available while making eggnog.
If you are still not convinced using raw eggs, then you can cook the eggs. I have shared the steps below in the recipe for making eggnog by cooking eggs.
- Choice of alcohol
That’s all you need to make homemade Eggnog!
How to Make Eggnog
The recipe is customizable and versatile:
- Egg yolks and sugar are whisked to a thick creamy consistency.
- Then fold in whipped egg whites to give the decadent forthy feel.
The amount of sugar in the recipe was just right for me. But you can adjust the quantity as per taste. The ratio of milk and cream can also be adjusted depending on how rich you would like the eggnog to be.
I love to play with the proportion of the alcohol but of course, I reserve a portion for my little one before that.
Interested in finding other holiday drinks?
- Peppermint Bark Martini
- Whipped Hot Toddy
- Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum
- Negroni Cocktail
- Holiday Sangria
- More drink recipes…
Tools used to make this Eggnog Drink
Egg Separator: Simple and easy egg separator separates egg yolks and egg whites directly into a bowl. Make the process mess free!
Mixing Bowl: This mixing bowl is perfect for mixing and serving. I love how big it is! I can use it for anything and everything.
Whisk: This is my favorite set of whisks. There’s a size for every job and the thicker handles give me a good grip.
Serving Pitcher: I love pitcher drinks and this pitcher always gets oohs and ahhs from my friends and readers.
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1.5 cup whole milk
- 1 Cup half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup bourbon, rum, or brandy
- Start with separating egg yolks and egg whites. Keep egg whites covered in the refrigerator until use.
- Add sugar to the egg yolks. Whisk until it is creamy and all the sugar has dissolved.
- Stir in milk, cream, vanilla extract, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon to yolk and sugar mixture. Whisk well.
- Stir in Bourbon. Mix well.
- If serving the Eggnog later, Cover the milk and egg mixture with cling wrap and refrigerate it. Else proceed with the next step
- Remove egg whites from the refrigerator. Whisk it until it has stiff peaks.
- Slowly add 1 cup of the milk and egg mixture to egg whites. Fold it to the egg whites.
- Add the rest of the milk mixture to egg whites and mix well.
- Sprinkle some nutmeg and cinnamon while serving.
- The flavors really blend well when the eggnog is aged at least for a day in the refrigerator.
- Adjust the amount of alcohol as per taste. It can be increased up to 1 cup. You can also use a blend of alcohols.
- Whisking egg whites and adding to the egg mixture ensures it is extra creamy and provides that layer of froth at the top can't be ignored.
- If you prefer cooking the eggs while making eggnog, here is the method. Add milk, cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt to a saucepan. Heat the mixture until it is hot but not boiling. In a bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar until creamy. Then take 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture and slowly whisk to egg yolks while stirring continuously with the other hand. This process is called tempering the egg. Slowly add the egg and milk mixture to rest of the hot milk mixture and keep stirring continuously to prevent the egg from cooking. Let the mixture heat on very low flame for a couple of minutes. It will start to thicken a little. Switch off the flame. Let the mixture cool down completely. Then stir in the alcohol.
If you love Eggnog then do try these Soft and Chewy Eggnog Cookies this festive season!