Homemade Eggnog Recipe (2024)

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It is that time of the year again, and this luscious Homemade Eggnog Recipe comes together quickly in just a few easy steps and tastes much better than store-bought. We enjoy ours topped with a little whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon. For entertaining, we make two batches, one alcohol-free and the other spiked with a little bit of brandy or rum. We love to serve this forChristmasEve dinner and at our holiday parties.

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What is Eggnog?

Eggnog is a creamy milky custard dairy beverage lightly seasoned with nutmeg and sometimes other spices. It is traditionally served around the holiday season chilled and sometimes spiked with a bit of rum, whiskey, bourbon, or brandy.

Why this recipe works!

  • It tastes SO MUCH better than store-bought without all those darn preservatives. There isn’t any boxed or bottled processed smell or taste. Only all-naturalingredientsfor exceptionalflavor.
  • It is so easy to make that even your teenager can handle this. You can also have this fresh creamy treat in just a few simple steps.
  • You can make this eggnog recipe in about the time it takes to drive to the grocery store.
  • With only wholesome natural ingredients, this is one refreshment you can feel good about feeding your family.
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How to make Homemade Eggnog

Start by heating the milk, cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves together over medium heat, frequently whisking to prevent anything from burning to the bottom of the pan. Heat the milk mixture until it is hot but not boiling. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together, adding the sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time and mixing thoroughly.

Now using a soup ladle, spoon about half a ladle full of the hot milk mixture into the eggs and whisk to combine. Continue adding more and more until most of the milk mixture has been mixed in. Make sure you are whisking thoroughly after each addition. Now, pour the egg mixture back into the pan on the stove with the remaining milk mixture. Then cook until the mixture reaches 160-170 degrees F, whisking constantly. Do not allow the mixture to boil. It will be slightly thick but will thicken more as it cools. Finally, remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and alcohol if adding it. Serve with whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Or pour into a sealable pitcher and chillin thefridgefor several hours before serving.

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Recipe notes and helpful tips

  • Use a candy thermometer to ensure that the final mixture cooks those raw eggs to 160 degrees F.
  • Stir and whisk almost constantly. Keep it going, as you want the egg yolks and sugar incorporated well. You don’t want the milk mixture to burn or scorch to the bottom of the pan, and you don’t want egg pieces floating around in your final creamy custard mixture. Remember that a spoon helps reach the bottom inside corners of the pot, but a whisk helps keep everything combined.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • I like the spices on the light side. However, they can be adjusted to suit your taste.
  • For best results, chill overnight.
  • If spiking, add 2-3 ounces of dark rum, whiskey, bourbon, or brandy. It will hit the spot just right without overwhelming the Eggnog.
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What type of alcohol goes in Eggnog

Rum, brandy, bourbon, or whiskey can be added to Eggnog. I prefer rum, but I like brandy or whiskey as well. Trust me when I say that. Just a small amount is all you need so it does not overwhelm the Eggnog. I always start with a little bit because you can add more, but you sure can’t take it back.

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Traditional Eggnog Recipe

A creamy, easy-to-make homemade eggnog with nutmeg, cinnamon, and a pinch of ground cloves. Just as creamy as the store-bought brands without any preservatives or artificial ingredients. Make this holiday treat and impress your family and friends.

5 from 37 votes

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Course: beverage

Cuisine: Americen

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 308kcal

Author: Beth Pierce


  • 2 cups whole milk or 2%
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • 6 egg yolks room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream optional
  • extra ground cinnamon or nutmeg optional


  • In a medium saucepan over medium/medium-low heat, combine milk, cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Whisk very frequently while bringing the mixture almost to boiling.

  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Add sugar 2 tablespoons at a time, whisking thoroughly before adding more.

  • Using a soup ladle, add about 1/3 cup of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking thoroughly. Keep adding the hot mixture to the egg mixture, whisking thoroughly between each addition. When most of the milk mixture has been whisked into the egg mixture (about 3/4 of it), add it back to the saucepan.

  • Cook until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F, whisking constantly. Use a spoon to reach those tight edges at the base of the pan. It will be slightly thick but will thicken more as it cools.

  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla. Serve with whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg.


  • Use a candy thermometer to ensure that the final mixture cooks those raw eggs to 160 degrees F.
  • Stir and whisk almost constantly. Keep it going, as you want the egg yolks and sugar incorporated well. You don't want the milk mixture to burn or scorch to the bottom of the pan, and you don't want egg pieces floating around in your final creamy custard mixture. Remember that a spoon helps reach the bottom inside corners of the pot, but a whisk helps keep everything combined.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • I like the spices on the light side. However, they can be adjusted to suit your taste.
  • For best results, chill overnight.
  • If spiking, add 2-3 ounces of dark rum, whiskey, bourbon, or brandy. It will hit the spot just right without overwhelming the eggnog.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 249mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 1mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Erica

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (16)
    I substituted the eggs for quail eggs (allergy) and the milk for oatmilk and used a dairy free cream. (Really sounds delicious doesn’t it 😆)

    I can not believe how amazing this turned out!! So delicious and easy to make. I can’t wait to share with my family!!


    • Beth Pierce

      Thanks, Erica! Sounds like you were sucessful in adapting the recipe to your needs. I love a good cook!


    • Belle

      Where do you get quail eggs?


  2. Elisa

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (17)
    We have used this recipe for several years. It is alwasy creamy, and so delicious. It is easy to make and so much better than the premade junk from the store. Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • Beth Pierce

      Thanks, Elisa! I am glad that you like the homemade eggnog recipe.


  3. Shelby

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (18)
    This homemade eggnog recipe is so rich and delicious. I look forward to making it all year!


    • Beth Pierce

      Thank you, Shelby! I feel the same way. It is just that good.


    • Beth Pierce

      Thanks, Justine! I am so glad that you liked it. We love it too!


  4. Sisley

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (20)
    I’d never made homemade eggnog before but it was so easy, good, and creamy. It was a test run for the holidays. I can’t wait to make it again at Christmas.


    • Beth Pierce

      Thanks, Sisley! So glad that you liked the eggnog.


  5. Kate

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (21)
    A perfect classic eggnog! I love the fresh flavors.


    • Beth Pierce

      Thanks, Kate!


  6. Norma

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (22)
    I had never tried egg nog but always been intrigued by it. I tried this recipe out and it was really tasty and quite easy. I will make it at Christmas this year. Thanks for the great recipe, Beth!


    • Beth Pierce

      You are most welcome, Norma! So glad that you liked it!


  7. Natalie

    My family really enjoyed this. It is so much better than store bought and not too difficult to make. I am going to make a spiked batch for Thanksgiving. I know everyone will love it.


  8. Tammy

    Homemade eggnog is sooo delicious! I’ve only had fresh once at a holiday party years and years ago and always wanted to make my own. Now I have a recipe 😀 Thank you!


    • Beth Pierce

      My pleasure, Tammy! Enjoy!


  9. Sue

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (23)
    Your Homemade Eggnog Recipe was absolutely delightful! There’s nothing quite like the rich, creamy goodness of homemade eggnog during the holiday season. I love the idea of offering both alcohol-free and spiked versions for guests—it’s a thoughtful touch for everyone’s preferences. Whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon are the perfect finishing touches.


    • Beth Pierce

      Thanks, Sue! So glad that you liked the eggnog. We love it too. It is delicious.


  10. Marie

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (24)
    Ohhh! I didnt know I could make EGGNOG by myself. It turned out so creamy and tasty with none of that fake carton taste.


  11. Janice

    Eggnog is such an American classic! I can never find it in shops here, so thank you so much for your recipe.


    • Beth Pierce

      You are most welcome, Janice!


  12. Sarah

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (25)
    This eggnog is so creamy and delicious. I ran a test run for the holidays and it is amazing with our without alchohol. Thanks for the inspiration.


  13. Lisa

    Eggnog is something I always wanted to try. This recipe looks easy to follow and I will give it a go at home.


  14. Mel

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (26)
    This sounds like a great version of the drink. It’s a classic for Christmas parties.


  15. Stephanie

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (27)
    I never cared for eggnog until I tried this recipe. My goodness, it is so much better than the eggnog in cartons – I am sure we will make this often during the holiday season.


    • Beth Pierce

      You are right this homemade eggnog is so much better. The stuff in the cartons tastes so processed.


    • Kit

      I haven’t made this yet, i had a question. Will the recipe still work using lactose free milk?


      • Beth Pierce

        I am not sure. I have not tried. Perhaps one of the readers will know the answer to that.


  16. Erin

    Was really fantastic! I will make this again for the holidays. I wanted to try it first.


  17. Fransic verso

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (29)
    What a great recipe! We really enjoyed it! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  18. Ebony

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (30)
    My family and I were just experimenting with eggnog co*cktail recipes this week! I decided to try this recipe to make our eggnog from scratch and it turned out perfect! Way better than the store bought stuff! This recipe is a keeper for sure!


    • Beth Pierce

      Thanks so much, Ebony. So glad that you liked the eggnog! It is quite yummy!


  19. Brian

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (31)
    Cool. I never tried to make this before. I know it’s always a big thing around the holidays.


  20. briannemanzb

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (32)
    This is so much better than a store-bought. For the past year, we just buy from stores but now that I have perfected your recipe. It’s gonna be a tradition to have homemade eggnog every year.


    • Beth Pierce

      So glad that you like it! We love it too! It is amazing!


  21. Sienna

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    I was just at a bakery with an eggnog flavor discussing how I actually have never had eggnog and have no idea what it is! I asked the person helping us what was in eggnog and they said it was their favorite treat they make but he didn’t really know! I did enjoy the treat it was creamy and nutmeg-y and I’m so excited to find your recipe and try out the actual real-deal drink for myself!


  22. Jennifer L Prince

    I’ve never tried making egg nog before. I need to test this recipe. It sounds fun!


  23. DDana

    The taste is really good but for some reason after I refrigerated it it’s now sooooooo thiiiiiick. More like a thick pudding than a drink. Not sure what I did wrong. Gonna try just adding more milk to it.


    • Beth Pierce

      Humm. Let me think about that one.


  24. Mandie

    I love Eggnog. I can’t wait to try making it myself. My only question is.. do you have to add clove? I can’t stand the smell or taste of clove. Thank you for sharing this recipe!


    • Beth Pierce

      No you do not have to add it. Enjoy your eggnog.


      • Mandie

        Thank you sooo much!


  25. IceCreamnStickyFingers

    I think my grandma used to make homemade Egg Nog. Personally, I’ve never tried making it but I do drink at least one glass a year. It is very unhealthy but oh so tasty.


    • Beth Pierce

      I do love a glass of homemade eggnog. It is so incredibly yummy!


  26. Sarah Bailey

    Do you know I’ve never had eggnog! Now
    I can try it by making my own!


  27. Lynndee

    I have never tried making my own eggnog. Thank you for the recipe. Will try it sometime.


  28. Catalina

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (34)
    Oh yes! I love this holiday season for this eggnog drink. I am so happy to make it at home now.


  29. Lisalisa

    This looks delicious! I must confess I have never had eggnog before! I may need to try your recipe.


  30. Mommy Blog Expert

    I’m a huge egg nog fan, especially during the holidays. Your recipe looks so good, I have to try making this.


    • Beth Pierce

      Thanks! Enjoy!!


  31. Alita Pacio

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (35)
    I grew up eating eggnog. My mom used to make it. I thought I’ll learn how to make it too. Thank you for your recipe


  32. Beth

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (36)
    We love eggnog! I’ll have to try this recipe!


  33. Richelle Milar

    This is a such really amazing recipe, It look so good! I would love to try this!


  34. Tara Pittman

    My husband loves eggnog. I will have to make this for him.


  35. vickie rampelbergh

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (37)
    This Eggnog recipe is a winner for me Beth , I surely will be making this for the Holidays !!!


  36. Andrea Thueson

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (38)
    I never thought of making homemade eggnog, and this recipe made it super easy to do! My family loved it 🙂


  37. Natalie

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (39)
    This has me so excited for the holidays!! Homemade eggnog is the best!! So rich & creamy!


  38. Faye Roner

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (40)
    I could drink homemade eggnog all year long! So delicious!


  39. April

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (41)
    So delicious! Perfect for giving as a gift, too – who doesn’t love homemade eggnog?


  40. Lily

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (42)
    This was incredible so much flavor, this is the perfect eggnog for these cold and gloomy days. I drank 3 mugs of it while watching my show 🙂


  41. Shelley

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (43)
    My family just loves eggnog, and this one is so pretty! They’ll absolutely love it!


  42. Kevin

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (44)
    Nothing beats homemade eggnog! This looks like it is going to be a winner!


  43. Catalina

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (45)
    It’s great to make eggnog at home! Thanks for the recipe!


  44. Haley Williams

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (46)
    This is amazing! Can’t believe how easy it is to make homemade eggnog


  45. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (47)
    This Homemade Eggnog looks absolutely delicious! Yummy!


  46. Vikki

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (48)
    This eggnog is so delicious! A tasty holiday treat my friends will love


  47. Amanda

    I love eggnog but it always sells out so quick so this is perfect!


  48. Dorothy Reinhold

    I have never attempted to make eggnog homemade! This is the year for me to start that tradition.


  49. Vicky

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (49)
    Eggnog is a wonderful holiday beverage! Thanks for this recipe!!


  50. Jessica Formicola

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (50)
    I’ve always wanted to try making homemade eggnog, and this recipe looks perfect! Can’t wait to try it out soon!


  51. Tara

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (51)
    Yum! So perfect for the season and definitely better than homemade. I love how easily the eggnog comes together too.


  52. Tisha

    Homemade Eggnog Recipe (52)
    I know a few people that love eggnog, Making it at home would be wonderful for them!


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Homemade Eggnog Recipe (2024)


Why is my homemade eggnog so thick? ›

The distinct flavors of egg, cream, and liquor meld together even after just a day or two in the fridge, making a smoother, more balanced cup of nog. The proteins in the eggs also start to thicken, giving eggnog its signature spoon-coating thickness.

How to make eggnog better? ›

5 Tips for Making the Best Eggnog
  1. Be Economical. Eggnog is typically made with rum, brandy or bourbon, and Brown likes to start with a combination of dark rum and cognac. ...
  2. Yes, There Are Eggs in Eggnog. Unlike the nonalcoholic Egg Cream, Eggnog does contain eggs. ...
  3. Grate Your Own Spices. ...
  4. Quality Over Quantity.

What is the ratio for eggnog? ›

Here's your golden ratio for pop-up holiday cheer: Combine 1 part of your selected spirit to 5 parts prepared eggnog. Want us to make it even easier on you? If you buy a 1-quart container of eggnog, you should use 6.5 ounces of liquor, total.

What is the best alcohol to put in eggnog? ›

While you may typically reach for a bottle of rum or whiskey for eggnog, amaro and tequila are also good options. Some people who use reposado tequila in their eggnog like to complement it with an Amontillado sherry.

How do you fix eggnog that is too thick? ›

How can I fix it? This one is pretty easy and there's no fuss at all. If it's too thick, add more milk and heavy cream. If it's too thin, you can dissolve about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in cold milk, add it to the mixture over the stove, and stir until it thickens to your liking.

What to do if eggnog is too thick? ›

If you want a thinner, completely smooth consistency, you can add the entire mixture to a blender with 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk and blend until smooth. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, and fresh whipped cream, if desired. Store homemade eggnog in the fridge for up to one week.

Why isn't my eggnog thickening? ›

To make it thicker, use less milk. 1 cup of whole milk will make a smooth eggnog, but if you know that you like a thicker eggnog, stir in only ½ cup of milk.

How long will homemade eggnog last? ›

Homemade eggnog typically lasts 2-3 days if stored in 40º F or less under the proper conditions. Store-bought eggnog lasts 5-7 days after opening if it has been refrigerated. Canned eggnog lasts 4 to 5 months and around 5-7 days after opening.

Why is my eggnog runny? ›

The tricky thing about making a stirred custard is its susceptibility to curdling. If you get the mixture too hot, your beautiful custard sauce will resemble runny scrambled eggs. Not very appetizing.

What kind of rum do you use for eggnog? ›

Avoid white rum because it's too light and transparent. Instead, choose a gold or aged rum. For a fun twist similar to rye whiskey, go with spiced rum. For the best of both classics, pour both brandy and rum, splitting them equally in the eggnog.

Can kids have eggnog? ›

When can babies have eggnog? After 12 months of age, if the eggnog is pasteurized and free of alcohol. While we generally recommend waiting until age 2 to introduce sugar into a toddler's diet, a small taste of pasteurized, alcohol-free eggnog on a special occasion after a child's first birthday is just fine.

Does alcohol make eggnog last longer? ›

How Long Does Aged Eggnog Last? Once the milk and cream have been mixed with the egg base, the amount of alcohol won't keep it shelf stable. Simply store it in the refrigerator in the glass jar for up to a week. Trust me; it won't make it long because it tastes so good!

Is Crown Royal good in eggnog? ›

Egg-cellent Eggnog Tips

Rum – I like dark rum in eggnog (Myers's is what I usually buy), but spiced rum would also be fabulous. Whiskey – I typically use Crown Royal, but use what you like or keep on hand.

Is Malibu rum good with eggnog? ›

- Rum Eggnog - Ingredients: 2oz Malibu Coconut Rum, 6oz Milk, 1 tsp Powdered Sugar, 1 Egg, Nutmeg. How To Mix: 1. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a Irish Coffee glass.

Is egg nog supposed to be chunky? ›

Eggnog should be a hom*ogenous thin custard. If there are lumps, then something is badly wrong.

How do you dilute eggnog? ›

Shaking eggnog with ice dilutes it just a little. This helps turn the volume down on its inherent sweetness and thins it so it's not tacky thick, and viscous.

Does eggnog thicken in the fridge? ›

Because the eggnog thickens the longer you keep it stored in your refrigerator (and it's quite boozy), you can always dilute it by adding more milk just before serving.

Are you supposed to dilute eggnog? ›

Eggnog is primarily made using egg yolks, cream, milk, spices, and a sweetener. If it's too sweet, you can mix in heavy whipping cream and/or any kind of milk to dilute it.


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