Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Best Ever Eggnog Recipe

This eggnog recipe makes a rich and creamy holiday drink to serve chilled or warm. Make a pitcher of this delicious winter drink in just five minutes!

While some recipes may seem intimidating, it’s actually quite simple to make delicious eggnog right at home. I have been making this recipe for over 10 years and everyone that tries it asks for it.

Best Ever Eggnog Recipe in a glass on a board

Best Ever Eggnog

Use up any leftover eggnog to make Spiced Eggnog Cookies! They are tender, chewy, and taste just like the real thing.

Wassail Hot Apple Cider is another festive drink perfect for chilly evenings. Mulling spices and tart fruit juice this recipe extra delicious.

If you’re looking for grown up holiday drinks, try a Candy Cane Martini or Grandma's Sugar Cookie Martini. Both are creamy and sweet, perfect for any holiday party!

What is eggnog?

This rich drink, most popular during the winter holidays, is typically a combination of milk, cream, sugar, and eggs.

Different variations can include additional spices and flavorings, but it always has a thick and creamy texture.

Traditionally, many recipes were for spiked eggnog, with a hefty amount of rum included. These days, the drinks are much tamer, and in some people prefer non-alcoholic eggnog.

We make it without alcohol, then place dark rum on the side so everyone can add it as they prefer.

eggnog recipe ingredients

Eggnog  Ingredients

You need just three simple ingredients to make a big batch of this popular holiday drink!
  • Egg yolks- Save the egg whites! You can use them to make meringue cookies, meringue frosting, or even an egg white omelet.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Half and half- This dairy product is popular in the U.S. It is equal parts heavy cream and whole milk. It can be found in the dairy case at the grocery store. Or, you can make your own at home!
Some other versions include whipped egg whites that are folded in at the end to create a lighter, frothier texture. I find that the extra step isn’t necessary, but feel free to add some if you’d like!

Or, save the extra egg whites for omelets, meringue, or spiced nuts. They’ll keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them.

whipping eggs for sugar free eggnog

Eggnog Recipe Variations

Sugar Free Eggnog

Making a lower calorie version of this recipe is very easy to do. All you really need is a cup for cup substitute for the sugar. Good options are monkfruit sugar, xylitol, or erythritol.

What You Will Need For Homemade Eggnog
  • Large Mixing Bowl - This set is my go-to! Sturdy, durable, and easy to clean with a size for every job.
  • Electric Hand Mixer or Whisk - Using an electric mixer will make the job easier, but you can easily whip the eggs by hand.
  • Drink Pitcher - Not only is it perfect for party drinks and cocktails, but it’s pretty too!
best ever eggnog recipe adding cream

How to customize your drinks

When there are drinkers and non-drinkers together, I like to set up a station with plenty of topping options. This way, everyone can make their drink exactly how they like it!

  • Toppings 
Sprinkle on a warm spice like nutmeg, cloves, or cardamom or add a whole cinnamon stick to your mug.

Whipped cream is also delicious! Use your favorite brand from the store or whip some up at home.
  • Flavored syrups
Mix in some vanilla, caramel, or even peppermint for a touch of flavor and sweetness.

Gingerbread syrup would also taste delicious. Or, add a drizzle of mocha or caramel sauce over the top!
  • Alcohol
  • While brandy is the more traditional choice, dark or spiced rum pairs well with the natural flavors.
Cognac and bourbon are some more popular choices, or try some Fireball whiskey for an extra kick!

You could also add a splash of flavored liqueur like peppermint schnapps, Kahlua, or Bailey’s Irish Cream.

eggnog recipe in a bowl

Eggnog Recipe FAQ

Is it safe to drink eggnog?

Yes, as long as it’s made with pasteurized eggs. To be extra safe, you can heat it before serving to eliminate the risk of salmonella.

What’s the best way to heat it?

Add the drink to a saucepan on the stove and use low heat until it’s warm to your liking. Don’t let it simmer or boil. Otherwise, it may curdle or become too thick. We actually prefer ours cold.

How long does homemade eggnog last in the refrigerator?

Because the eggs aren’t cooked, it’s best to enjoy this drink within 24 hours. You may need to give it a good stir before serving as well.

best ever eggnog recipe pouring into a glass


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eggnog recipe in glasses with whipped cream

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Author: Donna Elick
Best Ever Eggnog Recipe

Best Ever Eggnog Recipe

This eggnog recipe is rich and creamy and can be served chilled or warm. Make a pitcher of this delicious winter drink in just five minutes!
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 12 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 cups half & half (or 4 cups milk and 4 cups heavy cream)


  1. In a large bowl beat egg yolks with an electric mixer or whisk until they become light in color, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Slowly pour sugar into the bowl with the egg yolks as you beat it on low. Continue to mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Stir in half & half and pour into a pitcher. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings and mixins (whipped cream, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, caramel syrup, peppermint syrup, or serve with alcohol on the side. We like dark rum but you can serve with your choice of beverages. Fireball whiskey is amazing).

Originally published October 2021

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