How to Make Homemade Eggnog Recipe
Quick and easy homemade eggnog recipe with simple ingredients- Learn how to make eggnog that’s rich, creamy with hint of nutmeg. Can be spiked with alcohol!
Christmas just won’t be complete without this homemade eggnog recipe. You can easily buy it at the store but when you make it at home, it tastes better and fresher plus you can get creative with flavors. Even picky people and kids approve of this recipe! Also, If you like cozy holiday drinks, you really should check out my Chai Tea Recipe and this Homemade Gingerbread Latte Recipe.
What is the best eggnog recipe? How to make eggnog? How do you make eggnog?
- Whisk together egg yolks and sugar and keep this egg mixture aside.
- Add heavy cream, milk, nutmeg in a nonstick saucepan and cook until it starts simmering.
- Start adding this hot milk to the egg mixture slowly (1/2 cup at a time), while whisking vigorously.
- Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook again for a few minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.
What is eggnog?
It’s also known as milk punch or egg milk punch and served during the Christmas holidays. It’s rich and creamy and typically served chilled.
What’s in eggnog? What is eggnog made of? Traditional eggnog ingredients?
It’s made with 6 simple ingredients:
- Egg yolks
- Heavy cream
What does eggnog taste like?
It’s thick, sweet, very rich and creamy with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. It almost feels like you are drinking thin liquid custard or chilled melted ice cream.
This is a non alcoholic eggnog recipe!
However, you can easily add some of your favorite liquor to make it alcoholic.
What kind of alcohol goes in eggnog? What liquor goes in eggnog? How to make spiked eggnog recipe/ eggnog drink?
You can make many drinks and cocktails by adding some rum, whiskey, bourbon, or brandy. Typically, use a drink with high alcohol concentration because it cuts through the sweetness and creates an overall nice balanced flavor. You can even make a fancy eggnog martini for parties. Add 1-2 tbsp alcohol in per 1 cup or eggnog. Obviously, this ratio can be adjusted, based on your preference.
What to mix with eggnog?
- Alcohol– There is a variety to choose from. Some people also like to use Irish cream.
- Caramel sauce– It’s a creative spin and adds a subtle caramelized flavor. Use this Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe.
- Spices and extracts– Use nutmeg, cinnamon or even pumpkin pie spice and combine them with various extracts and get as creative as you like.
Is drinking eggnog safe?
Yes, it is safe because pasteurized eggs are used and the mixture is also cooked over the stovetop.
Use this spiced eggnog to make:
- Eggnog latte/ coffee/ milkshake
- Eggnog ice cream
- Eggnog cake/ cheesecake/ cupcakes
- Eggnog french toast/ pancakes
- Eggnog fudge
- Eggnog cookies
- Eggnog bread pudding
Tips for easy eggnog recipe
- This drink will will thicken a little more as it cools.
- If you want it even thicker, you can add 1 more egg yolk and cook for a bit longer.
- To make this super smooth, add the final prepared mixture in a blender with a splash of milk and blend until very creamy.
- Tastes best when served cold.
- Mix in 1-2 tbsp of your favorite alcohol in your cup before digging in.
- Only egg yolks are used in this recipe to create the creamy texture. Do not use egg whites or whole eggs.
- The amount of vanilla and nutmeg can be adjusted, based on your preference.
- To prevent any curdling or lumps forming, keep whisking the mixture.
Other easy Christmas recipes
- Easy Gingerbread Recipe (Gingerbread Cake)
- How to Make Gingerbread House
- Easy Gingerbread Cookies (With Cake Mix)
How to Make Eggnog (Homemade Eggnog Recipe)
- 6 Egg yolks, From large eggs
- 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
- 1 cup Heavy cream
- 2 cups Milk, Preferably whole
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg, Or cinnamon, For topping
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until smooth and creamy. Keep aside.
- Add heavy cream, milk, nutmeg in a nonstick saucepan and cook over medium high heat. Mix and continue stirring until mixture starts simmering.
- Start adding this hot milk to the egg mixture slowly (1/2 cup at a time), while whisking vigorously until smooth.
- Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat again, while whisking constantly until mixture thickens a bit and reaches a temperature of 160 degrees F.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Chill. Then, serve in cups with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg and/or a swirl of whipped cream.
- Optional- For a caramel version, drizzle some caramel sauce inside the sides of your cup and then pour the drink. Stir a bit and enjoy.
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a covered pitcher in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Until next time, tata my lovelies!