Eggnog! You either love or hate the flavor and have a strong opinion about it. There’s no in-between.
If you’re like me and love the rich, creamy taste of classic eggnog, but don’t like the idea of using raw eggs, this easy homemade eggnog recipe is for you. Curl up with a mug and your favorite sweatshirt this holiday season and get cozy!
Once you’ve tasted the flavor of rich, homemade eggnog you might not want to drink the premade kind anymore. Fair warning! This easy homemade eggnog recipe is non-alcoholic so that everyone can enjoy it. For an adults-only version, you can add some rum, bourbon, or cognac, to taste.
Homemade Eggnog Ingredients
- whole milk
- vanilla extract
- ground nutmeg
- evaporated milk
- half & half
Optional for Garnish
- Whipped cream
- Cinnamon sticks
- Dash nutmeg
How to Make Homemade Eggnog
Combine eggs and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a saucepan and stir in whole milk, vanilla extract, and ground nutmeg.
In a separate bowl, stir evaporated milk and half and half until combined. Set aside.
Heat egg mixture over medium-low heat while stirring constantly to prevent the milk from scorching. When mixture reaches 160 degrees on a candy thermometer, remove from heat and slowly whisk in evaporated milk mixture.
Cool slightly before tasting. Add more sugar or nutmeg, if desired, before transferring to an airtight container. Refrigerate overnight or until thoroughly chilled. Serve in mugs and garnish with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, and/or a dash of nutmeg, if desired. Enjoy!
Fun fact: eggnog originated in the UK from a similar, earlier medieval drink. Only the wealthy could afford the luxury of eggs, cream, and sherry so eggnog was often used to toast prosperity and good fortune. They were toasting to what they already had and intended to keep I suppose!
Thankfully today even the likes of us middle-class folk can enjoy this decadent Christmas drink. Calories don’t count until after the new year so drink up!
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 311Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 220mgSodium 175mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 0gSugar 31gProtein 13g