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How to Make Homemade Eggnog

By: Adriana Funke, Editor,
Homemade Holiday Eggnog Recipe
Homemade Holiday Eggnog Recipe
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It's never too early to start planning your holiday party menu! Winter is the time for indulging in rich, decadent foods, and this recipe for homemade eggnog fits that description. Eggnog simply tastes like the holiday season. Whipping together this easy eggnog recipe will help you bring back that Christmas feeling you had when you were younger. Enjoy this holiday drink with your loved one as you cozy up to a crackling fire.

There are a variety of homemade eggnog recipes, but this one is exceptionally creamy yet fluffy. This particular recipe is made the traditional way — with brandy, bourbon, or dark rum — so be sure to keep it away from children. You can always adjust the recipe to make it for children or non-alcohol drinkers. This homemade eggnog recipe is simply the best no matter how you serve it.

NotesNote: If you're concerned about consuming raw eggs, heat the milk and cream before adding them to the egg mixture in Step 5 to help thicken and slightly "cook" the eggs.

Yields24 servings


  • 12 large eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • Ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 3 cups bourbon, brandy, or dark rum

Homemade Eggnog


  1. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Be careful because egg whites won't whip if there are yolks in them.

  2. Using a whisk or an electric beater, beat the egg whites until they turn frothy. Add half the sugar and beat until soft peaks form.

  3. Mix the remaining sugar with the egg yolks in a separate bowl.

  4. Combine the egg mixtures by gently folding the egg yolks into the egg whites.

  5. Gently fold the alcohol into the egg mixture. Slowly add the milk and half of the cream into the bowl. For thicker eggnog, reduce the amount of milk by half. Taste the mixture to decide whether to add more alcohol.

  6. Beat the reserved half of the cream in another bowl until nearly stiff. Gently fold it into the eggnog.

  7. Transfer the finished eggnog into a large punch bowl for serving. Top each glass with whipped cream and nutmeg.

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