Decadent, thick Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog is quite easy to make. Whisk up a batch of this favorite Christmas drink in no time. Way better than store bought!
Homemade eggnog is one of our favorite Holiday treats. It is thick and sweet, and almost reminiscent of melted ice cream. It tastes like Christmas in a glass. This homemade version is fully cooked for food safety, and is non-alcoholic, making it the perfect family friendly recipe so everyone gets a taste. This right here is holiday decadence at its finest.
You can kick the cinnamon up a notch if you are a cinnamon lover, or tone it down. Adjusting the spices to your personal taste is the best.
Do I have to cook Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog?
Eggnog is traditionally made uncooked, with raw eggs. Store bought eggnog is pasteurized for food safety reasons. To keep this drink safe for everyone, we’ve written this recipe as a cooked version. For an uncooked version, whisk egg yolks, sugar, cloves, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. Replace the cinnamon sticks with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and whisk in with the egg yolks. Slowly pour in milk, cream, and vanilla extract, whisk until thoroughly combined.
Can I add alcohol?
Yes, you can add alcohol to this eggnog for a spiked adult beverage. What type and how much alcohol to add is a matter of personal preference. Dark rum, cognac, and bourbon are all traditional options. For a fun twist try Fireball whiskey.
How long does homemade eggnog last?
It depends on the expiration dates on the milk and cream that you use to make the recipe. For best results, do not use milk or cream that is near its expiration date, as your eggnog will also expire soon. The best rule of thumb is to use the expiration dates on your milk and cream and go by whichever is soonest.
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Can you make ahead and freeze
Can this be made with almond milk
I made this yesterday and it was really easy! I didn’t have all of the heavy cream I needed so I tried to substitute some of it with butter and milk, but it started to harden in the fridge, so we left it out, covered, and later, we came back and heated it up over the stove top and strained it, and voilà! Delicious! Keeping the cinnamon sticks in is a wonderful idea, and it was really thick but was easily thinned by milk. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!
Delicious! I’ve been wanting to make my own egg nog for years and finally did it this Christmas when I couldn’t find any at the store. I had been intimidated of making my own but was pleasantly surprised at its ease. I will continue to use this delicious recipe and probably will never buy it again. Thank you!
I’ve made this a few times, it can be made with oatmilk and maintain consistency. I would recommend using 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 of a cup.
I love this eggnog! My Granddaughter and I have made it a tradition ,we make it every Christmas Eve. Its something she can do with her own kids some day.
This is a beautiful and delicious eggnog recipe. Thank you for sharing Rachel. Merry Christmas to you, your family and staff! Cheers from New York.
I have never liked egg nog, ever. I made this for my husband and child since they like it. Right before putting it in the fridge I tried a little bit just to see what it tasted like. To my shock, I actually like it. Great recipe!
Great recipe! One suggestion, leave it in your refrigerator for two days to let the flavors blend. Then serve and enjoy!
Easy recipe to follow – made for my sister who loves eggnog and she said it was way better than store bought and may never get store bought again!