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How to Make Holiday Eggnog

Posted by Gwen Watson on Dec 11, 2015

How to Make Holiday Eggnog

Do you love drinking eggnog during the holidays? This year, instead of buying your eggnog, try making your own! This recipe is so delicious and easy to make, you’ll never want to drink store bought eggnog again!

Holiday Eggnog Recipe

Adapted from Food Network


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Separate the yolks from the whites. Place the yolks in a large mixing bowl and leave the whites aside. Beat the yolks on medium speed using an electric mixer until they lighten in color slightly. Slowly add the sugar while beating, until the yolks and the sugar are well combined. The sugar should be completely dissolved into the yolks.
  2. For Uncooked Eggnog:
    Slowly add the milk, heavy cream, bourbon, and nutmeg and stir until well combined. If you like your eggnog a little stronger, add another ounce or two of bourbon. Set aside.
  3. For Cooked Eggnog:
    Add the milk, heavy cream, and nutmeg to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly to prevent the milk and cream from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Remove from the heat and slowly add the warm milk to the egg yolk mixture, whisking vigorously. Make sure you add the warm milk mixture as slow as you possibly can, otherwise the yolks will begin to cook.
  4. Transfer mixture back to the saucepan and heat on medium until a candy thermometer reads 160 Degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the bourbon. Pour into a mixing bowl, cover, and store in the refrigerator until completely chilled.
  5. For Both Versions:
    Add egg whites to another mixing bowl. Beat on high speed until soft peaks form. Set the mixture on high speed and add the remaining granulated sugar until well combined. Keep mixing until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the eggnog mixture. Cover the bowl well with plastic wrap and chill for at least a few hours before serving. Serve each portion with extra bourbon, if desired and a dollop of whipped cream.


Eggnog with Spiced Rum
Follow the recipe listed above. Use spiced rum instead of bourbon.

Chocolate Eggnog
Follow the recipe listed above. Whisk in ¼ cup chocolate sauce just before adding the egg whites.

Cinnamon Eggnog
If you like cinnamon better than nutmeg, you’ll love this version! Just substitute the ground nutmeg for ground cinnamon.

Chai Eggnog
Prepare the eggnog as listed above. Whisk in ½ cup prepared chai tea before whisking in the egg white mixture.

Cappuccino Eggnog
Substitute the bourbon for coffee liqueur. Whisk in ½ cup espresso before whisking in the egg white mixture.

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