2 glass mugs of homemade eggnog with a Christmas tree and holly and ivy in the background.

 Dive into the timeless tradition of making eggnog at home, a classic, family-friendly holiday beverage that everyone will love!

Eggnog, our favorite rich and creamy drink, often finds its way to our tables during the holiday season. Its velvety texture, combined with a hint of spice, speaks of tradition, gatherings, and shared moments of joy. The beauty of eggnog lies in its simplicity, which can be effortlessly prepared in any kitchen. Whether you’re craving a quiet moment with a good book or looking to be the star of your holiday gathering, a glass of homemade eggnog never disappoints.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make an uncooked version of the 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.

To make an uncooked eggnog:
Whisk egg yolks, sugar, cloves, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. Replace the cinnamon sticks with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and whisk them in with the egg yolks. Gradually pour in milk, cream, and vanilla extract, whisking until thoroughly combined.

Can I make a dairy-free or egg-free eggnog?

While plant-based milks and egg-replacement products have gained popularity, we haven’t tested them specifically for this recipe. Making dairy-free or egg-free eggnog isn’t just about a simple ingredient swap; the consistency, flavor, and behavior of plant-based milks and eggs can differ significantly from dairy milk. To ensure the best results, we recommend using a recipe specifically designed for your specific dietary needs.

Can I adjust the spices for a more intense flavor?

Certainly. If you want a more intense spice flavor, you can add extra cinnamon.

For a lighter flavor, adjust the cinnamon down.

How much eggnog should I serve per person?

A typical serving size is about 4 to 6 ounces (1/2 to 3/4 cup) per person. However, if you know your guests have a particular fondness for it, you might want to prepare a bit extra!

Can eggnog be frozen?

Eggnog should not be frozen. Due to its rich and creamy consistency, the ingredients can separate when thawed, compromising its texture and flavor.

Can I add alcohol to eggnog?

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.


  • Overcooking: Eggnog should never be boiled. Gentle heating is key to avoid curdling.
  • Lumps in Eggnog: Continuous whisking is essential for a smooth and creamy consistency.

Tips From the Chef

  • Use fresh, high quality egg yolks for a richer taste and smoother consistency.
  • Whisk continuously while combining ingredients for a lump-free, velvety eggnog.
  • If adding alcohol, taste the eggnog first to ensure the flavor is to your liking.
glass mugs filled with eggnog with cinnamon sticks next to the glasses

Storage Instructions

Always store the eggnog in an airtight container in the refrigerator. How long it will last for depends on the freshness of the milk and cream used.

For best results, do not use milk or cream that is near its expiration date, as your eggnog will also expire soon.

Enjoy Your Eggnog With…

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