The Best Easy Eggnog Recipe

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You’ll never want the store stuff after making this creamy delicious eggnog at home, it is so easy to make, rich, and delicious. It can be made exactly as you like it for the perfect holiday drink. I like mine bursting with fresh nutmeg flavor!

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The Best Homemade Eggnog

This eggnog is so easy to whip up, it takes less time to make then it takes to go to the store and buy eggnog! Plus we’re using eggs, sugar, cream, milk, and real spices – simple ingredients you probably have on hand already.

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How To Make Eggnog

  • Egg Yolks – for rich, delicious flavor, we need egg yolks that we will add to sugar, temper, then heat to 160 degrees for a perfect velvety texture!
  • Sugar – granulated sugar gives a perfect sweet kick to eggnog.
  • Milk – we use whole, but you can use whichever milk you drink.
  • Cream – whipping cream helps eggnog thicken and get a perfect smooth texture!
  • Nutmeg – fresh grated nutmeg is essential in eggnog – the fresher, the better!
  • Cinnamon – a dash of cinnamon brings a comforting holiday cheer to this recipe.
  • Vanilla – vanilla ups the comfort factor in our eggnog, making it rich, delicious, and addictive!
  • Rum or whiskey – optional, can be mixed in after making.

Making eggnog is super simple, as long as you follow our steps below.

  1. Measure out all ingredients to help the process go more smoothly.
  2. In a bowl or medium sized pot, add egg yolks and beat with whisk or hand mixer.
  3. Stir in sugar, mix well to combine.
  4. In another pan, add milk.
  5. Then add cream.
  6. Stir in spices and vanilla.
  7. Heat cream and milk, while whisking vigorously, over medium high heat to hot – but NOT boiling. Be sure to take your time when tempering the eggs, as rushing them will result in scrambled eggs – instead of a smooth, velvety drink.
  8. Slowly temper eggs by pouring milk and cream mixture into eggs while whisking vigorously. Pour only a little bit of the cream and milk at a time, so you do not cook the eggs and make scrambled eggs!
  9. Whisk well when fully mixed.
  10. Return pot to stove and cook on medium heat, whisking vigorously, until eggnog thickens (about 4-5 minutes) – and reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit using a candy thermometer.
  11. Remove from heat and strain.
  12. Let cool in refrigerator.
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Tips to The Best Homemade Eggnog & FAQs

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Eggnog is simple to make, but there are a couple steps you need to take to ensure perfect eggnog, every time.

Taking time to measure out ingredients. I recommend setting everything out so you can dump them in when it is time for each step, so you can focus on whisking and tempering, heating to the right temperature quickly for the perfect smooth, silky texture.

Use fresh nutmeg. I know it might seem like using pre-grated nutmeg is a huge timesaver, but grating your own nutmeg over your eggnog adds SO much flavor – you will be blown away by the difference.

Try spiced rum. For even more flavor, try adding spiced rum to your eggnog if you’re adding alcohol.

Try it with cognac. Add a bit of sophistication to eggnog with a shot of cognac.

Use whole milk. We like the richness and flavor whole milk brings, we find skim too thin.

Add whipped cream. If you want to top your nog with tons of whipped cream, go for it!

Add star anise. We love a bit of anise flavor at Christmas, and a bit of grated star of anise brings a delicious spicy twist!

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FAQs

How long can eggnog sit out?

Since eggnog contains egg yolks, it requires constant refrigeration.
If it is in temperatures above 40 degrees for more than two hours, it needs to be tossed. If it is in temperatures over 90 degrees for over an hour, it needs to be discarded.

How long does eggnog last?

Eggnog is made of dairy products that go bad – and when it goes off will likely be determined by the items you use. When eggnog goes off, it will smell sour and may look lumpy. However, if eggnog has been pasteurized, contains alcohol, and is refrigerated in an airtight container, it can last weeks. (There are some eggnog recipes that are aged for months even!)

We prefer using up eggnog within 2-3 days, but honestly, we’ve never made a batch of this eggnog and had leftovers to keep!

Is eggnog safe to drink?

If you heat your eggnog over 160 degrees, you have pasteurized the eggs, eliminating the risk of salmonella, regardless of any alcohol additions you may have mixed in to your eggnog.

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What to Serve With Eggnog

Eggnog is perfect at Christmas with holiday classics like The Best Ribeye Roast, Ham and Cheese Sliders, Easy Prime Rib, Roasted Cornish Game Hens, and Slow Cooker Orange Cranberry Ginger Glazed Ham.

We really, really, really love serving eggnog with Christmas sweets and treats though – favorites like The Best Easy Candied Almonds Recipe, Peppermint Buttercreams Candy, The Best Easy Chewy Sugar Cookies Ever Recipe, and some of our recent favorites:

For more cookies, visit our Christmas Cookies page!

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The Best Easy Eggnog Recipe

The Best Easy Eggnog Recipe – delicious easy homemade eggnog that is rich and creamy, bursting with fresh nutmeg flavor!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword best eggnog, christmas, christmas drinks, cocktail, drinks, egg, eggnog, eggnog recipe, holiday eggnog, homemade eggnog
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 drinks
Calories 367kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ounce rum or whiskey optional

Instructions

  • In a bowl or medium sized pot, add egg yolks and beat with whisk or hand mixer.
  • Stir in sugar, mix well to combine.
  • In another pan, add milk.
  • Then add cream.
  • Stir in spices and vanilla.
  • Heat cream and milk, while whisking vigorously, over medium high heat to hot – but NOT boiling.
  • Slowly temper eggs by pouring milk and cream mixture into eggs while whisking vigorously. Pour only a little bit of the cream and milk at a time, so you do not cook the eggs and make scrambled eggs!
  • Whisk well when fully mixed.
  • Return pot to stove and cook on medium heat, whisking vigorously, until eggnog thickens (about 4-5 minutes) – and reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit using a candy thermometer.
  • Remove from heat and strain.
  • Let cool in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve with a cinnamon stick and a bit of fresh nutmeg grated on top.
  • Stir in a shot of rum or whiskey as desired.
  • Can also be heated up to serve hot, if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 237mg | Sodium: 54mg | Sugar: 30g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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