2 Easy Homemade Eggnog - Quick Recipes for 2012

Mmmm Homemade Eggnog

Homemade eggnog tastes WAY better than the store-bought kind.
Homemade eggnog tastes WAY better than the store-bought kind.

Easy Recipe

What’s the holiday season without eggnog? The kind in the stores is thick and way too sweet. Why not make some from scratch? It’s not as hard as you might think. Here's how to make homemade eggnog.

You need two recipes; one for adults and one for kids and people who prefer it without alcohol. Why not just use one recipe and take out the alcohol in one batch? Because it might not taste as good, those recipes are made to have the alcohol adding flavors to them. You’ll find both in this article.

Eggnog recipes go way, way back to early England in pre-colonial days. There’s several stories as to how it came to be called eggnog. One is that they used to call run grog, and egg ‘n grog became eggnog over time with natural language corruption.

This first recipe is an heirloom recipe that’s delicious and satisfying and they say that the taste always reminds you of the holidays. I agree, whole-heartedly!

If you choose this recipe, it’s recommended to serve food alongside it. Holidays get ruined when someone drinks too much and drives, so don’t let this happen.

Ingredients for Eggnog With Alcohol

  • 12 Large Eggs, Separated yolks/whites
  • 6 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Heavy or Whipping Cream
  • 2 cups Whiskey or Bourbon, Your choice, both are good
  • 1 cup Brandy, Essential that it's brandy, not another liquor
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar, Less if you like it less sweet, more if you like it sweeter
  • 2 tsp. Ground nutmeg, Reserve 1/2 tsp for garnish
  • Tools: You Will Need
  • 1 Large Bowl or Pot, Large enough to fit all ingredients in
  • 2 Medium Bowls or Pots, One for egg whites, the other for the yolks
  • 1 Electric Mixer, With beaters attached
  • 8 Cups or Glasses, To serve the eggnog in
  • 1 Liquid Measuring cup
  • 1 set Measuring Spoons
  • 1 Wire whisk
  • 1 Plastic or rubber spatula
  • 1 Ladle, To serve into cups or glasses

Instructions for Eggnog With Alcohol

  1. In the largest bowl add eggs and sugar and beat them together for ten minutes. This is a long time but it makes the eggnog so creamy in the end.
  2. Add the liquors just a little bit at a time. Be patient and add them very slowly, whisking thoroughly.
  3. Put it in the refrigerator for up to six hours, until 30 minutes before you want to serve it.
  4. Half an hour before serving time, take it out of the fridge and whisk the milk into the mixture until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Add the nutmeg, saving half a teaspoon for the garnish.
  6. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  7. Whip the cream until it is also in the stiff peaks form.
  8. Carefully mix the whites into the yolks mixture (in the largest bowl) and then carefully add the whipped cream, folding slowly to mix them completely.
  9. When it’s all stirred together, ladle it into cups or glasses and garnish the top with a dash of the remaining nutmeg.

The Easy Version Without Alcohol

This one is a super easy recipe that everybody likes. You make it the day before and let the flavors meld before serving it.

**TIP** This recipe is also great heated, or steamed like a latte.

  • 12 eggs - no need to separate them in this recipe
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 3 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. of salt
  • ½ tsp. of cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp of vanilla
  • ½ tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1 very large bowl
  • An electric mixer
  • A whisk
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dry measure measuring cup
  • 8 cups or glasses

Directions for Eggnog Without Alcohol

  1. In the large bowl with the mixer, beat the eggs until they get light and airy.
  2. Using the whisk, thoroughly mix in the sugar, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.
  3. Mix in the milk.
  4. Refrigerate for a good 24 hours before serving it. It’s worth the wait.
  5. Finish with the classic dash of nutmeg.


And, remember, don’t let your guests drink and drive this holiday season!

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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Sandy, you must have read my mind. I was going to start looking for eggnog recipes as I can't find my old one. I just started having chicken again this past season after being away from the farm 15 years. I have eggs coming out of the ying yang and need ways to use them up. This is perfect you have given both recipes one which will be great for my granddaughters and the other, well yum great for me and maybe if I feel generous I might just share a bit with my kids too.

Thanks for sharing its bookmarked till the weekend (woops it's Friday, the weekend) I will have to experiment all by my lonesome...the hard life of a mom never seems to end :):)

regards Zsuzsy

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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

How much milk do you use in the second recipe?

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SandyMcCollum 7 years ago Author

Sorry about that, I looked at our recipe and it's the same way. Hmm.. anyway, it's 6 cups of milk! Sorry about that!

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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

Thank you!

Shelby 4 years ago

With the second recipe can you add the alcohol to it also just like the first one. New to all this and wanting to make it for my husband for when he comes home from being deployed. It happens to be one of his favorite drinks and since he didn't get to have it last year Im making it for him. Just need some advice

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SandyMcCollum 4 years ago Author

Yes, you can, Shelby. Just make it to taste after it's done being made. Congrats on hubby's return! My so is doing his 5th tour in Afghanistan.

Timmy 4 years ago

this is absolutely delicious eggnog thank you I really enjoy it going to make it fo years to come

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