Homemade eggnog is easy to make at home and so much better than store-bought!

Homemade eggnog is easy to make at home and so much better than store-bought!

Eggnog is a favorite tradition in our house every holiday season. As soon as it hits store shelves in November, we can’t resist bringing it home.

And I can’t believe it, but I’ve only just now started to make it myself. It’s so simple! Just essentially a mixture of milk, cream, eggs, and sugar, with plenty of freshly grated nutmeg to give it the signature eggnog flavor. Drink it as is, use it as a coffee creamer, or add mix-ins to make it just the way you like.

The best mix-ins for homemade eggnog

There are both alcoholic and family-friendly options for turning your homemade eggnog into a delicious cocktail or mocktail. The ratio of eggnog to mix-in is completely up to you! I usually aim for 1:1.

Boozy eggnog additions:

  • Rum
  • Brandy
  • Whiskey

Non-alcoholic eggnog additions:

  • Ginger ale
  • Lemon-lime soda (this is how I drank it as a kid!)
  • 1 or 2% milk

Homemade eggnog is easy to make at home and so much better than store-bought!

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Homemade eggnog is easy to make at home and so much better than store-bought!

Homemade Eggnog

Servings: 8 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Homemade eggnog is easy to make at home and so much better than store-bought!

Ingredients
 

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk (1 quart, about 1 liter), divided
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (250 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg , fresh if possible
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For serving (optional)

  • Rum

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar and salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, warm 2 cups of the milk over medium heat until bubbles appear around the edges, stirring occasionally. Do not bring to a boil.
  • Add warmed milk to the egg mixture in a small stream while whisking constantly until completely combined.
  • Return mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat to 160°F while whisking constantly, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add to a pitcher. Stir in remaining milk, heavy cream, nutmeg and vanilla.
  • Chill completely before serving.

Notes

NOTES:
  • For a stronger nutmeg flavor, increase nutmeg to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
  • To ensure the mixture is smooth without lumps, pass cooked mixture through a mesh strainer before combining with heavy cream, etc.
  • See post above for mix-in suggestions.
Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 176mg, Sodium: 184mg, Potassium: 229mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 813IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 176mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Drinks
Author: Annalise
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