How To Make Eggnog: Holiday Happiness

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cup of eggnog with grated nutmeg on top

How To Make Homemade Eggnog

Add this one to your holiday recipes. Making eggnog is not complicated, and can become one of your family favorites. You will need several egg yolks, cream and milk to make this super satisfying drink for the holidays. We’ve taken our experience and put together a how to make eggnog video to guide through this delicious recipe.

Note: Store your homemade eggnog in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. You can also use it to make pancakes or French toast with any leftovers.

separating egg whites from yolks in medium bowl

What Ingredients Are Used For A Classic Eggnog Recipe?

This recipe calls for:

  • egg yolks
  • sugar
  • heavy whipping cream
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • spiced rum, whiskey, brandy or bourbon (optional)
adding sugar into egg yolk mixture

Can I Make Eggnog Without Raw Eggs?

You can use pasteurized eggs to make your eggnog recipe. This will have egg whites in it, and may not have as rich of a taste, but will work if that is what you prefer. This recipe does temper the eggs and they are no longer raw, because the milk and egg mixture was tempered at 160F.

heavy cream and nutmeg with raw egg yolks

When Do You Put In The Alcohol?

If you decide to put the alcohol in the eggnog, it is done by the glass or it can be placed in the serving bowl and mixed in. Alcohol is not needed, so you can have alcohol free drink.

What Kind Of Alcohol Is Used?

You can Use bourbon, brandy, rum or whisky. This doesn’t have to be a top shelf alcohol as it’s being mixed in to the eggnog and is meant to compliment the drink, not be the star.

egg mixture, heat milk, heavy cream and nutmeg over medium heat stirring constantly

How Does This Compare To Store Bought Eggnog?

When comparing homemade eggnog to store bought , there are no preservatives in homemade. This recipe will last 1-2 weeks, so don’t make too far in advance. This recipe can be a little thicker. You can easily thin the mixture by adding a little milk until it’s the desired consistency.

adding hot milk into eggs to temper

Can I Make Eggnog Dairy Free?

You can use your non-dairy free options with this. It may not be as creamy eggnog recipe. Once the eggs are tempered, you can taste and adjust the spices as needed. You could also add cinnamon sticks or sprinkle in ground cinnamon.

tempering eggs pouring mixture from pitcher to large pot over medium heat back into

Are The Egg Yolks Raw?

The egg yolks are raw until tempered to 160F. The eggs are no longer raw as they have been added to the hot milk mixture and brought up to a safe to consume temperature. You will want to be sure to use beat egg yolks mixed with sugar when you temper the eggs with the hot milk.

straining egg nog into quart jar

What Can You Do With Homemade Eggnog?

While great for drinking, if you find you have more than you can drink, you can use it in several delicious recipes. Consider eggnog French toast, eggnog ice cream and even eggnog pancakes. You could also make cookies and freezer pie or perhaps cream cheese cake with homemade eggnog.

Is Eggnog Served Hot Or Cold?

We think the best eggnog is served cold with grated nutmeg. Grated cinnamon also is delicious. Serve with your favorite holiday pie, breakfast or bagels with cream cheese.

pouring glass of eggnog
cup of eggnog with grated nutmeg on top
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How To Make Eggnog

Indulge in holiday joy with our easy how to make eggnog recipe! Discover the perfect mix of eggs, sugar, spices, and love for a rich, creamy sip of seasonal cheer.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 quart
Author: Regina Sober


  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cup heaving whipping cream
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoon teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pinches of salt


  • In a bowl, mix sugar and egg yolks together.
  • In a pan, heat up the heavy cream, milk, vanilla, salt and nutmeg until it simmers.
  • Once it simmers, we need to temper the eggs with this mix.
  • Slowly add a little into the eggs and mix well. Slowly add in until 1/2 or 3/4 of the mix is in the eggs.
  • Use a strainer and mix the egg mix, back into the milk in the pot and heat up.
  • Stir and heat up until the temperature reaches 160F.
  • Eggnog will thicken up.
  • Strain the eggnog into a bowl/pitcher and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Once it has cooled, you can pour into a canning jar and store in the fridge.
  • This will keep for 1-2 weeks.


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If the eggnog is thicker than you like, you can thin with a little milk.


Serving: 2quarts
Indulge in holiday joy with our easy how to make eggnog recipe! Discover the perfect mix of eggs, sugar, spices, and love for a rich, creamy sip of seasonal cheer.

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