How to make Eggnog


Eggnog is a traditional holiday drink that is made with eggs, milk, sugar, and spices. Here is a simple recipe for homemade eggnog:


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup bourbon or rum (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and thick. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot but not boiling.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.
  4. Return the mixture to the saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Do not let the mixture boil.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the eggnog cool to room temperature. Stir in the bourbon or rum, if using.
  6. Transfer the eggnog to a pitcher or serving bowl and refrigerate until chilled. Serve the eggnog cold, garnished with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg or cinnamon if desired.


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