Eggnog Recipe

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Today we’re mixing up a holiday classic: eggnog! That’s right, I’m sharing my eggnog recipe you can make at home! It’s easier thank you think!

Can I Refill Your Eggnog for ya? 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.

Today I’m sharing my eggnog recipe with you!


Speaking of Christmas, welcome to Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas!

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.

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.

How to Make

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

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.

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

Homemade Eggnog | Inspired by Charm
Homemade Eggnog | Inspired by Charm

Traditional Eggnog

How to make traditional eggnog.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, eggnog, holiday
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 449kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 276mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1332IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!