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Cocktail Crafty



Easy Eggnog Recipe


Growing up, Christmas was not Christmas without eggnog. I grew up loving this iconic Christmas drink long before I discovered the alcoholic version. Every year my mother would stock up on our favorite egg nog brand, knowing that my sister and I would drink every last drop. There's nothing like sitting down to a glass full with a side of sugar cookies. 

Our favorite eggnog came in a can. It was thick and creamy with just the right amount of spice. Then one year we opened a can to find that the company had changed the recipe. It was thin, milky, with not much flavor. Where was that delicious custard flavor that I had grown up with? 

I've spent most of my adult life trying to find a store bought eggnog that would live up to my childhood memories. I have yet to find one. So, being Cocktail Crafty, I decided it was time to make my own. 

I've tried several recipes before crafting the one listed below. I love this recipe because of the sweet custard flavor. It's yummy enough to be enjoyed with or without the booze. 

Many of the eggnog recipes I came across online and in cocktail books call for the addition of whipped egg whites either folded into the batter or resting on top. I tried both methods and to say I didn't like them would be a drastic understatement. Hubby described it as drinking a glass full of meringue. I personally didn't see any added value in incorporating the egg whites. Take my advice and save them for an omelet.

eggnog recipe


6-8 servings

  • 3 cups Whole milk
  • 3 cups Heavy cream
  • 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup bourbon or spiced rum (optional)
  1. In a saucepan combine milk, cream, vanilla & spices.
  2. Bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. With a mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar until fluffy.
  4. To temper the eggs, whisk in 1/3 cup hot milk mixture to eggs and sugar. 
  5. Slowly whisk in remaining milk mixture. Stir until well combined and smooth.
  6. Strain and stir in bourbon.
  7. Allow to cool. Refrigerate overnight before serving. 
  8. Top with grated nutmeg before serving.

Let me know what you think. What's your favorite eggnog recipe?