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 Decadent, thick Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog is quite easy to make and cooked for food safety.  Whisk up a batch of this favorite Christmas drink that is way better than store bought!

Homemade Eggnog in two mugs surrounded by christmas decorations

Homemade eggnog is one of our favorite Holiday treats. This homemade version is fully cooked for food safety and non alcoholic making it the perfect family friendly recipe so everyone gets a taste. This is so much better than what you can find at the grocery store, and the best part is you get to control the flavor. 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. Making your own eggnog is totally easy. This right here is holiday decadence at its finest.

  • Do I have to cook 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. 

  • 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.

  • Can I add alcohol to this eggnog?

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

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Homemade Eggnog in a mason jar mug with a cinnamon stick and sprinkled with cinnamon
Homemade Eggnog in two mugs surrounded by christmas decorations
 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!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream or half and half for a light version
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  • Put the milk, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and 1/2 tsp vanilla into a large saucepan. Put it over the lowest heat setting on your stove for 5 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar for 1 minute.
  • Turn the heat under the milk up to medium-high heat. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Stir the milk constantly until it just starts to boil then immediately turn off the heat.
  • Slowly whisk in 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 it all together. Put it over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes. It will thicken a bit.
  • Pour the hot eggnog into a large bowl or beverage container and let cool at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, stir in the heavy cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and nutmeg. Store in the fridge and allow to cool for at least 4 hours before serving.
Notes
  1. 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.
  2. Alcohol can be added before serving, to taste. Dark rum, cognac, and bourbon are all traditional options.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Eggnog
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Francine
December 1, 2019 5:57 am

I was wondering if you could use the powered cinnamon instead? Everything else in the Eggnog looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it.

February 14, 2020 1:26 pm
Reply to  Francine

Yes, you can use 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon in place of the cinnamon sticks.

Michele Dailey
December 29, 2018 9:44 am

4 stars
I made the eggnog for Christmas. It had a great flavor, but it didn’t really get as thick as eggnog. Do you know what I could have done wrong?

Margaret
December 26, 2019 9:19 pm
Reply to  Michele Dailey

5 stars
The balance of flavor in the Eggnog is spot on! To try to match that old fashion texture that incorporated whipped egg whites, I held back one cup of the cream before cooling, then whipped this into stiff peaks and gently folded it into the cooled custards. Gave it an elegant texture,

Brenda
December 27, 2019 4:26 pm

5 stars
So delicious! We all loved it. Used blend cream and it was very creamy. I love the fact that it was cooked, too.

Nikki Furber
December 16, 2019 11:06 pm

5 stars
Merry Christmas from Canada!!! I just LOVE your recipes and techniques. I watch your videos all the time and I try to make your recipes and my family loves it. So once again Merry Christmas to you and to your family and all the best in 2020

Dana Cham
December 1, 2019 7:07 am

So is it OK to double up or triple up on the batch while preparing it?

February 14, 2020 1:27 pm
Reply to  Dana Cham

Yes, you can double or triple this.

Rourke Abt
December 24, 2018 1:51 pm

5 stars
Great recipe! I am a bartender and make everything I use in house. This recipe is user friendly and delicious. I added some allspice and star anise to it as well as rum to serve a spiced nog! Cheers!!!

Marla
December 8, 2018 4:21 pm

5 stars
Is it safe leaving out an hour to cool?

December 29, 2018 7:33 pm
Reply to  Marla

5 stars
Safer than putting it in the fridge right away. If you are worried about it, you could put in an ice bath to chill it faster.

MaJa
November 29, 2018 7:45 am

Hi
I really love warm/ hot egg nog. Is it possible to warm this up before serving? 🙂
MaJa

Barry
November 22, 2018 6:10 am

5 stars
This looks great! If I wanted to turn this into an adult version do you have suggestions/recommendations?

Kris Keiper
October 25, 2019 4:56 pm
Reply to  Barry

Captain Morgan spiced rum to taste

sandi
November 21, 2018 1:43 pm

how long does this last??

Tina
November 23, 2018 9:53 am

4 stars
You can add rum to this after its finished right ?

Kristi Fisher
November 21, 2018 11:43 am

Hello. This looks so good and I love egg nog but I do try to eat healthier now. So my question is instead of all those egg yolks (not that egg yolks are horrible they hare a healthy fat but your are getting fat from the half and half , can I use egg whites. I also figured I can use stevia for the sugar as well.

Mary
December 30, 2017 9:33 pm

Hi rachel,
I have tried many eggnog recipes and so far your one is the the best and only difference i did for the receipe i added lite milk instead fullcream everyone loved it ..
Simply tge best of the best it was soo smoitg and just hit the spot.. yummy..
Thanks a lot .. xoxo

Mary
December 30, 2017 9:31 pm

5 stars
Hi rachel,
I have tried many eggnog recipes and so far your one is the the best and only difference i did for the receipe i added lite milk instead fullcream everyone loved it ..
Thanks a lot .. xoxo

Mike Reid
December 27, 2017 10:11 am

5 stars
This eggnog was a huge hit. Made a double batch and it was so rich and delicious. Everyone wants to know how to make it. I am so pleased to have found this recipe. I can’t wait to make more.

Kathy
December 20, 2017 4:56 pm

His looks delicious! If adding liquor when would you suggest to add it?

Kathy
December 20, 2017 4:57 pm
Reply to  Kathy

*I meant this looks delicious ?

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