Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog

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Decadent, thick, old-fashioned homemade eggnog is easy to make. Instantly whip up a batch of this favorite Christmas drink. So much better than store bought!

Homemade eggnog is one of our favorite holiday treats. It’s thick and sweet, almost reminiscent of melting ice cream. It tasted like Christmas in a glass. For food safety, this homemade version is fully cooked and alcohol-free, making it the perfect family-friendly recipe for everyone to enjoy. That’s holiday decadence at its best.

spices:

If you’re a cinnamon lover, you can turn the cinnamon up a bit, or down a bit. Adjusting the spices to personal taste is best.

Do I have to make old fashioned homemade eggnog?

Eggnog is traditionally made with raw eggs. Store-bought eggnog is pasteurized for food safety reasons. To make it safe for everyone to enjoy this drink, we’ve made this recipe a deli version. For the uncooked version, whisk egg yolks, sugar, cloves, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. Replace the cinnamon stick with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, then stir in the egg yolks.​​ Slowly pour in milk, cream, and vanilla extract and beat until fully combined.

Can I add alcohol?

Yes, you can add alcohol to this eggnog for a spiked adult drink. What type and how much alcohol to add is a matter of personal preference. Dark rum, cognac and bourbon are all traditional choices. For a fun twist try Fireball Whiskey.

Glass filled with eggnog and cinnamon sticks next to glass

How long does homemade eggnog last?

It depends on the expiration date of the milk and cream you use to make the recipe. For best results, do not use milk or cream that is close to the expiration date, as your eggnog will also expire quickly. The best rule of thumb is to use the expiration date on milk and cream, and whichever is fastest.

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Homemade eggnog in two glasses surrounded by Christmas decorations

Decadent, thick, old-fashioned homemade eggnog is easy to make. Instantly whip up a batch of this favorite Christmas drink. So much better than store bought!

Preparation time 1 Hour

cooking time 10 minute

total time 1 Hour 10 minute

raw material

  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 all cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 yolk
  • 3/4 cup White sugar
  • 2 cup heavy cream or half of the light version
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder

instruct

  • Place milk, cinnamon stick, cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a large saucepan. Place it on the lowest heat setting on the stove for 5 minutes.

  • In another bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar together for 1 minute.

  • Turn heat under milk to medium-high. Remove the cinnamon stick.

  • Slowly whisk about 1/4 of the hot milk into the egg/sugar mixture. Then pour all of the egg/sugar mixture back into the saucepan and whisk together. Place it over medium heat and stir constantly for 3 minutes. It will thicken a bit.

  • Pour hot eggnog into a large bowl or beverage container and let cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Add back the cinnamon stick (optional).

  • After 1 hour, add the heavy cream, 2 tsp vanilla, and nutmeg. Store in the refrigerator and let chill at least 4 hours before serving.

notes

  1. For the uncooked version, In a large mixing bowl whisk egg yolks, sugar, cloves, and nutmeg. Replace the cinnamon stick with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, then stir in the egg yolks.​​ Slowly pour in milk, cream, and vanilla extract and beat until fully combined.
  2. can add alcohol Before serving, taste. Dark rum, cognac and bourbon are all traditional choices.

Serve: 0.5cup | Calories: 253kcal | carbohydrate: 17G | protein: 4G | fat: 19G | Saturated fat: 11G | cholesterol: 173mg | sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 108mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 15G | Vitamin A: 815unit | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | calcium: 100mg | iron: 0.3mg

Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog