Make a Great Homemade Eggnog

Eggnogby Kathryn M. D’Imperio

Once December arrives, you may find yourself craving Christmas cookies, candy canes and other holiday treats. For many people, eggnog—especially homemade eggnog—is another traditional holiday indulgence. If you’ve ever compared homemade eggnog to store-bought eggnog, you already know there’s no comparison. If you can find the time and the inclination, you’re so much better off mixing up a batch of homemade eggnog.

Typically seen as an adult beverage, eggnog normally contains rum, brandy, or bourbon, and sometimes a combination of all three, depending on your recipe. Some eggnog recipes call for raw eggs, which may give some people the heebie-jeebies, while other recipes instruct you to lightly cook the eggs to get rid of any bacteria, easing health concerns. In truth, it really comes down to a matter of preference.

If you’d like to try making a delicious homemade eggnog, gather the following ingredients and let’s get started:


4 cups milk

1-1/2 cups sugar

12 large egg yolks

1 cup chilled heavy cream

2-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2-1/2 cups light rum


  1. Using a whisk, mix together the milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan. Warm this over the lowest heat setting for 5 minutes.
  2. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Gently beat the egg yolks in a large bowl, whisking until light.
  4. Combine the hot milk mixture from the stovetop with the egg mixture using the whisk.
  5. Once combined, return the entire mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat. Stir and continue cooking until the mixture thickens, about 20 to 25 minutes. Do not allow it to boil.
  6. Let the mixture cool for about an hour.
  7. Stir in the heavy cream, rum, 2 additional teaspoons vanilla, and ground nutmeg. If you want to include 1/2 cup Bourbon or brandy in your eggnog, add it now.
  8. Chill the eggnog overnight in your refrigerator.
  9. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg, serve and enjoy!

This basic eggnog recipe should serve you well at holiday parties and special gatherings with family and friends. You might also experiment with adding cloves in the recipe, if you wish. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, consider adding a flavor burst to shake things up a bit. You can whip up some chocolate eggnog, coconut eggnog, or any variety of coffee or espresso flavored eggnog by adding or substituting a few simple ingredients to your recipe, like coconut milk or chocolate milk, not to mention coconut rum and Kahlua!

You can treat the little ones in your family or circle of friends with a tasty eggnog treat as well. For a children’s version of this yummy homemade eggnog, simply leave out the alcohol. You can also tweak the alcohol ingredients to suit your personal preferences. Remember to pour slowly since you can always add more!


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  1. This sounds great!


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