Homemade Eggnog is the ultimate holiday cocktail. This easy holiday drink recipe is going to become your new holiday party tradition. So much better than store-bought eggnog!

Someone holding a mug of eggnog with two cups of eggnog on a table.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Eggnog Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for eggnog.

Ingredient notes

  • Eggs: This recipe contains raw eggs which may be hazardous to certain individuals. According to the USDA, people with health problems, the very young, senior citizens, and pregnant women (the risk is to the unborn child) are particularly vulnerable to Salmonella enteritidis infections.
  • To pasteurize eggs: Allow the eggs to sit on the counter for about 30 minutes to allow them to reach room temperature; which helps ensure the eggs reach the proper internal temperature to kill salmonella which is 135° F. Fill a large saucepan with cold water and gently place the eggs into the water. Place pan on the stove over medium heat. Bring water to 140° F, testing with a digital thermometer to confirm. Once the water reaches 140°F (60°C), remove from heat and allow the eggs to stay in the water for 3½ minutes. Using a clean slotted spoon, remove eggs from the pan and place in cold water.  Dry and refrigerate.
  • Bourbon: Or your preferred brown spirit of choice, or see more booze booster ideas below. Omit for a non-alcoholic eggnog; it’s still decadent and delicious!
  • Nutmeg: I prefer using a whole nutmeg and grating it fresh with a microplane. If you only have ground nutmeg in a jar, that certainly works too.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Refrigerate egg whites until needed. In a standing mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or with an electric mixer or whisk and a medium bowl, add yolks and sugar. Mix on medium-speed until the mixture is smooth, creamy, and has a pale yellow color.
Cream colored batter in a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment resting in it.
  1. Add milk, cream, and liquor and continue mixing until evenly combined. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
Eggnog in a clear bowl covered with plastic wrap.
  1. In a standing mixer fit with the whisk attachment, or with an electric mixer at high speed, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into chilled eggnog mixture (some egg whites will float like foam to the top).
Eggnog being mixed in a clear bowl.
  1. To serve, transfer to a pitcher or punch bowl and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Eggnog in clear mugs.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 12 1-cup servings. It’s so rich, 8 ounces really goes a long way!
  • Storage: Store extra Eggnog in the refrigerator and enjoy within 7 days.
  • Switch up your spirits: If bourbon or whiskey aren’t your style, consider spiking your Eggnog with rum, vodka, Rumchata, Fireball, or simply go spirit-free for a family-friendly holiday drink recipe.
  • Upgrade your garnish game: Serve with a stick of cinnamon to hint at the flavors hiding inside, or for a festive touch, stick in an unwrapped candy cane for a minty stir stick.
  • Eggnog French toast: Use leftover eggnong in place of the milk in French toast batter. Just imagine diving into a tower of Eggnog Baked French Toast topped with Homemade Syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar and cinnamon on Christmas morning!

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Two clear mugs filled with eggnog.

Eggnog

Homemade Eggnog is the ultimate holiday cocktail. This easy holiday drink recipe is going to become your new holiday party tradition. So much better than store-bought eggnog!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 12 servings (1 cup each)
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 487

Ingredients 

  • 12 large eggs separated (see note 1)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar or less to taste
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups bourbon or whiskey, for serving, optional
  • ground nutmeg for serving (see note 3)

Instructions 

  • Refrigerate egg whites until needed. In a standing mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or with an electric mixer or whisk and a medium bowl, add yolks and sugar. Mix on medium-speed until the mixture is smooth, creamy, and has a pale yellow color.
  • Add milk, cream, and liquor and continue mixing until evenly combined. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
  • In a standing mixer fit with the whisk attachment, or with an electric mixer at high speed, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into chilled eggnog mixture (some egg whites will float like foam to the top).
  • To serve, transfer to a pitcher or punch bowl and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Notes

  1. Eggs: This recipe contains raw eggs which may be hazardous to certain individuals. According to the USDA, people with health problems, the very young, senior citizens, and pregnant women (the risk is to the unborn child) are particularly vulnerable to Salmonella enteritidis infections.
  2. To pasteurize eggs: allow the eggs to sit on the counter for about 30 minutes to allow them to reach room temperature; which helps ensure the eggs reach the proper internal temperature to kill salmonella which is 135° F. Fill a large saucepan with cold water and gently place the eggs into the water. Place pan on the stove over medium heat. Bring water to 140° F, testing with a digital thermometer to confirm. Once the water reaches 140°F (60°C), remove from heat and allow the eggs to stay in the water for 3½ minutes. Using a clean slotted spoon, remove eggs from the pan and place in cold water.  Dry and refrigerate.
  3. Bourbon: Or your preferred brown spirit of choice, or see more booze booster ideas below. Omit for a non-alcoholic eggnog; it’s still decadent and delicious!
  4. Nutmeg: I prefer using a whole nutmeg and grating it fresh with a microplane. If you only have ground nutmeg in a jar, that certainly works too.
  5. Yield: This recipe makes 12 1-cup servings. It’s so rich, 8 ounces really goes a long way!
  6. Storage: Store extra Eggnog in the refrigerator and enjoy within 7 days.
  7. Switch up your spirits: If bourbon or whiskey aren’t your style, consider spiking your Eggnog with rum, vodka, Rumchata, Fireball, or simply go spirit-free for a family-friendly holiday drink recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 487kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 10gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 248mgSodium: 125mgPotassium: 257mgSugar: 42gVitamin A: 985IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 150mgIron: 1mg
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