Homemade Holiday Eggnog Recipe

Add cheer to your holiday with our rich and classic homemade eggnog. This method produces a ’nog you can feel good about. That’s because many traditional eggnogs use raw eggs, and this version is cooked to kill bad bacteria—not to mention make a smoother texture that’s primed for the addition of bourbon, rum or whiskey. 

Enjoy the holiday and indulge in a tradition from medieval Europe, when consuming milk and eggs were signs of wealth and health.

Looking for other festive drinks? Check out How to Make Hot Chocolate With Cocoa Powder.

10min
Cook time
6
Servings

Homemade Holiday Eggnog Recipe

Add cheer to your holiday with our rich and classic homemade eggnog. This method produces a ’nog you can feel good about. That’s because many traditional eggnogs use raw eggs, and this version is cooked to kill bad bacteria—not to mention make a smoother texture that’s primed for the addition of bourbon, rum or whiskey. 

Enjoy the holiday and indulge in a tradition from medieval Europe, when consuming milk and eggs were signs of wealth and health.

Looking for other festive drinks? Check out How to Make Hot Chocolate With Cocoa Powder.

Add cheer to your holiday with our rich and classic homemade eggnog. This method produces a ’nog you can feel good about. That’s because many traditional eggnogs use raw eggs, and this version is cooked to kill bad bacteria—not to mention make a smoother texture that’s primed for the addition of bourbon, rum or whiskey. 

Enjoy the holiday and indulge in a tradition from medieval Europe, when consuming milk and eggs were signs of wealth and health.

Looking for other festive drinks? Check out How to Make Hot Chocolate With Cocoa Powder.

10min
Cook time
6
Servings

Ingredients:

Glass of eggnog with cinnamon on one side

Directions:

  1. Combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until fluffy. Set aside. 
  2. Heat whipping cream, milk, nutmeg and salt in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally. Immediately remove from heat. 
  3. Gradually add the milk mixture to the egg yolks, one spoonful at a time, whipping vigorously after each addition, until the egg yolks have been tempered. Once most of the milk has been added to the egg mixture, pour the rest in and transfer the eggnog back to the saucepan. 
  4. Return saucepan to the stove and simmer over low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken (1-2 minutes total). 
  5. Strain the eggnog through a fine mesh sieve into a serving pitcher or bowl. Add the vanilla extract, cover the container with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled. 
  6. If desired, a 1/4 cup of bourbon, rum or whisky can be added to the eggnog before serving. Add more to taste. Serve over ice, with a garnish of ground nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh, seasonal herbs if desired. 
     

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