A luxuriously smooth, rich and creamy Eggnog = Christmas in a cup! Like nothing out of a carton, you will never buy store-bought eggnog again!
Our classic creamy Eggnog recipe has taken years to perfect and now we’re finally sharing it with you all! A sinful seasonal treat with a little effort, it’s well worth the work. The best part? It just gets richer and creamier as it sits in the refrigerator.
Use rum, bourbon, cognac, brandy, or your choice of liquor. Add more or less to suit YOU!
This holiday season, skip additive-laden cartons of pre-made eggnog and make fresh and creamy eggnog from scratch! This stuff is incredibly addicting and couldn’t be easier to make. You just need eggs, sugar, milk, heavy cream (or thickened cream) and have creamy eggnog whenever and with whoever you want! That is…if you’re in the mood to share.
RAW EGGS IN EGGNOG
Sine the FDA and USDA recommend we cook pasteurized eggs when making Eggnog at home, this recipe does that for your safety.
Additionally, eggnog is normally aged with liquor for several weeks or even months in advance, which may sound crazy BUT the alcohol becomes the sterilizer and preservative. Very few bacteria (like salmonella), can survive in the presence of alcohol, as has been proven in lab experiments at Rockefeller University. It won’t kill them ALL, but it doesn kill some, according to ABC news.
HOW TO MAKE CREAMY EGGNOG FROM SCRATCH
GENTLY BOIL: Milk, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Remove from heat once boiled and let steep.
BEAT: egg yolks and sugar until thick (takes about 5 minutes. This helps prevent the eggs from curdling. You may want to use a hand mixer).
WHISK: hot milk mixture into the eggs. Do this slowly and in 1/2 cup increments to prevent eggs from scrambling, until liquid is well combined and smooth. Mix in your liquor.
COOK: one more time over low-medium heat, while stirring, for 2-3 minutes until nice and thick! Be careful not to bring it to a boil.
REFRIGERATE: overnight or for up to 3 days.
SERVE: with ground cinnamon, cinnamon sugar or fresh grated nutmeg.
OPTIONAL SERVING SUGGESTION:
Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and gently fold into eggnog until combined. This step makes for an even thicker and creamy eggnog. If you don’t want to consume the raw egg whites, simply whip some cream to top your eggnog OR enjoy without!
Nothing hits the spot more than a cup of rich and Creamy Eggnog!
While tempting to drink your creamy eggnog straight after you’ve finished, it tastes even better when it’s had a chance to chill in the refrigerator.
Pour your eggnog into an airtight container or jug covered with wrap in the refrigerator and let it chill out… just don’t look at it when you open the refrigerator doors so you’re not tempted to take a swig!
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Creamy Eggnog Recipe
- 3 cups milk
- 2 cups heavy cream, (thickened cream)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- 5 eggs, separated
- 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup rum*
- Combine milk, cream, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Gently bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and allow to steep.
- In a large bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until combined and thick ribbons form when whisk is lifted. Gradually whisk in hot milk mixture into the eggs (in 1/2 cup increments to prevent eggs from scrambling), until liquid is combined and smooth. Mix through rum.
- Pour mixture back into saucepan and cook over medium heat, while stirring, for 2-3 minutes until thick. Do not boil.
- Let cool, then refrigerate overnight or for up to 3 days.
- Before serving, beat egg whites in a large bowl or stand mixer until soft peaks form. Gently fold into eggnog until combined. (If you don't want to consume the raw egg whites, simply whip some cream to top your eggnog OR enjoy without!)Serve and garnish with ground cinnamon, cinnamon sugar or fresh grated nutmeg.
How long do I steep the boiled milk? Do I remove from heat as soon as I see a boil?
Linda Leuer says
Growing up my mother always made home made eggnog at Christmas time. Her’s though, had raw egg in it which we now know not to use. I’m definitely going to give this a try next week when my granddaughter visits from out of state. Thank you for the recipe & Merry Christmas!
My mother always made homemade eggnog this time of year. Yum!
juan Carlos says
Mis mejores deseos se encuentran contigo y con tu familia esta navidad, y por eso te deseo todo lo bueno en este bonito día. FELIZ NAVIDAD¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
Desde este espacio les invito a decirle a JESÚS ” Feliz Cumpleaños” y a darle ese regalo por el que vino.
I’m just curious if this can be made without any alcohol as none of us drink or is it essential to this recipe?
Hi Josie, you can definitely leave it out.
Awesome. And thank you for all of your amazing recipes Karina. I love to cook and almost exclusively use your recipes now.