Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

Haha. I’m kidding. Please tell me you’ve seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. If you have, you may remember that scene. If you haven’t, please stop what you’re doing and go watch the movie right this very minute. You’re welcome.

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Anyway, while I loved so much about that movie, one thing that always stuck out to me was how delicious the eggnog looked. Seriously, every time I watch that movie, I want a huge glass of eggnog during that scene. (I’d also love to have it served in one of those moose glasses, if that’s possible.)

I thought I’d try making some eggnog from scratch. Since I’ve teamed up with the Incredible Egg to share some festive recipes, eggnog just seemed like kind of a no brainer. And while I was looking for eggnog recipes, I found a recipe for Coquito, which is a Puerto Rican Eggnog. I decided to give that a try as well, so today you’re getting two recipes.

Homemade Eggnog | Inspired by Charm

Oh, and before I forget, when you’re out doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget to stock up on baking essentials – flour, sugar, butter, and of course, eggs.

Now, let’s talk eggnog.

I decided to follow a pretty traditional recipe. This recipe cooks the eggs so there is no issue with eating raw egg.

Homemade Eggnog | Inspired by Charm

I also noticed that some eggnog recipes have you fold in whipped egg whites before serving. I tried this and didn’t like the results; the eggnog separated. Plus, it didn’t seem to make sense to whip in raw egg whites after I’d gone to the trouble of cooking the yolks.

Homemade Eggnog | Inspired by Charm

My experimentation was worth it because I’m really pleased with this recipe. This eggnog has the perfect amount of sweetness, delicious flavor, and great texture.

Homemade Eggnog | Inspired by Charm

Here’s the recipe:

Traditional Eggnog

Here's what you will need:
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 ounces bourbon, spiced rum, or brandy (optional)
Whipped cream and grated nutmeg to garnish

In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they lighten slightly in color. While continuing to whisk, slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine the milk, heavy cream, and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and very slowly add this hot mixture to the egg and sugar mixture while continuing to whisk. Return everything to the saucepan and cook until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from heat, stir in liquor (optional), pour into a bowl, and set in the refrigerator to chill.

Once chilled you're ready to serve.

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I always assumed eggnog would be pain to make, but the process was very simple.

As I mentioned above, spiking the eggnog is optional. You can use whatever type of liquor you like best. Bourbon, spiced rum, and brandy are pretty traditional options. I also really like amaretto liquor in eggnog.

Homemade Eggnog | Inspired by Charm

Homemade eggnog totally lived up to my Griswold Christmas expectations.

Moving on. I want to share one more recipe with you. This is for Coquito, which is an eggnog-like beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico around the holidays. Again, it’s made with eggs, but also uses a few different ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, and cinnamon.

Traditional Coquito | Inspired by Charm

While I prefer the traditional eggnog, it was fun to try this recipe. I found the Coquito to be a bit sweeter and thicker. So if that’s your preference, you may love this recipe. Again, the alcohol is optional, however rum is the traditional liquor used in Coquito.

Traditional Coquito | Inspired by Charm

Today, I’m serving up a full glass, however if made with rum, this could be a fun little shot or toast served after a holiday meal.

Traditional Coquito

Here's what you will need:
2 cups water
6 cinnamon sticks
6 egg yolks
3 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk
2 (15 ounce) cans coconut milk
3 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
3 cups rum (optional)
Cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon to garnish

In a small saucepan over high heat, bring the water and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the liquid is reduced to a cup. Strain off cinnamon sticks with a mesh sieve and set the liquid aside to cool.

In a medium saucepan, beat egg yolks with evaporated milk until well mixed. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens (about 10 minutes). Make sure to not boil as this will cook and scramble the eggs. Set aside to cool.

In a bowl, mix together the cooled cinnamon water and coconut milk.

Finally, in a large serving bowl combine the coconut milk mixture, yolk mixture, the sweetened condensed milk, and rum (optional). Set in the refrigerator to chill.

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Traditional Coquito | Inspired by Charm

That’s it! Pour yourself a glass and raise a toast to the holidays.

Homemade Eggnog | Inspired by Charm

Now you have two eggnog recipes to get you through the season. Which recipe do you like better?

For lots of delicious holiday recipes, baking hacks and more, visit IncredibleEgg.org and Incredible Eggs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

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This post was created as part of my collaboration with the Incredible Egg. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.

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Comments

  • Thistle at

    Every time I look at your photographs I smile. 🙂

    Thank you for inspiring and creating and posting this yummy recipe!

    Have an awesome day rock star!
    karianne

  • Elle at

    My first memory of eggnog is when my older sister made it (not the spiked kind!) She loved to experiment in the kitchen whenever my parents left her to babysit me and my sibs. Your recipes are much better!

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    I love eggnog, but have never loved the stuff you buy. So…. I’m putting these ingredients (the first group) on my list and am going to go for it!

    And I’ll be sure to find the Griswold show… I’m overdue for an old Christmas movie right about now. 🙂 Our cheesy yearly tradition is Christmas with the Kranks… and I ALWAYS DIE when he tries to eat the jello after his Botox treatment. 🙂

  • 204 Park at

    Homemade eggnong?!?! I had no idea this could even be done (blonde moment??) Must give this a try, and thanks for reminding me I need to watch that movie, such a christmas classic! XO, D

  • Anne at

    Both these recipes look fantastic! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Kelley at

    Also love the pictures. What do you have on top of the original eggnog picture? It looks amazing. Almost marshmallow like…?

  • Janely at

    Coquito is great! My mom makes it without the eggs and my family actually likes it more that way. so if you’re ever out of eggs, try it without it! 🙂

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