With just a few simple ingredients, it’s easy to make your own rich and creamy eggnog for your holiday celebrations or any time you’re craving it.
Most traditional homemade eggnog recipes call for eggs, sugar, whole milk, heavy cream and nutmeg. For a spiked version, add rum, bourbon, brandy, amaretto or a combination.
Real old-fashioned eggnog is made with real eggs. The key is to separate the yolks and whites. The drink is first thickened with the yolks, and later in the preparation, whites are added to bring a light frothiness to the final product. You can also customize the creaminess of your signature nog by adjusting the ratio of whole milk and heavy cream.
A traditional recipe is made with a dozen eggs, with the yolks and whites separated, 6 cups of milk, 2 cups of heavy cream, 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg. For an alcoholic version, add approximately 2 ¾ cup of your choice of spirit or a combination. The recipe amounts can be adjusted for a smaller batch.
To prepare your eggnog, whisk egg yolks and sugar together until light in color and smooth. Add whole milk, heavy cream, nutmeg, alcohol and any other ingredients you’re using, such as extracts. Whisk until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to form soft peaks. Be patient as this step takes a few minutes. Fold the whipped egg whites into the mixture with the yolks. Chill and serve! Add an additional sprinkle of nutmeg on top.
Be sure to use fresh eggs in your nog. While authentic recipes call for raw eggs, if you want to pasteurize your egg nog after you make it, heat it on low heat until it hits 140° F and the cook for only three minutes before you add the alcohol. Be careful not to cook the eggs! And chill right away.
If you happen to have some left over, eggnog will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, especially if you add alcohol. Or make it in advance and put it in the refrigerator for a couple of days to give the flavors a chance to blend and the proteins in the eggs a chance to thicken.
There are many ways to get creative and make your eggnog your own! Change it up by adding other ingredients, such as chocolate or peppermint, or swapping in different types of milk, like coconut or almond. Adjust the amount of nutmeg, or add cinnamon, vanilla extract and a cinnamon stick. Some recipes include a little salt added with the sugar.
Enjoy! And if your celebration calls for eggnog and you don’t have time to make it, pick some up in the dairy aisle.