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Classic Holiday Eggnog Recipe

Updated on December 23, 2009

This classic eggnog recipe is perfect for enjoying with loved ones around a toasty fire and can be made a day in advance allowing you more time to enjoy with your holiday guests. This Christmas, try this recipe and celebrate the holidays with the most creamy, delicious eggnog you'll ever taste!


  • 12 egg yolks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups manufacturing cream
  • 3 cups rum, bourbon, whiskey or Kahlua
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 vanilla pods or 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp light sour cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt

In a large mixing bowl, beat together egg yolks, sugar and light brown sugar until fully mixed. Set aside. Meanwhile in a large sauce-pan, bring the milk, sour cream, cloves and cinnamon to a simmer. Remove from heat. Slowly drizzle the simmered milk mixture into the egg/sugar mixture while whisking vigorously to avoid curdling. Once completely blended, return to the sauce-pan and bring back to a simmer. Cook for about ten more minutes or until it starts to thicken stirring frequently to avoid scorching. Once thickened, strain through a cheese-cloth or fine mesh sieve into a container and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Once cooled a bit (it may still be a bit warm), stirĀ in the manufacturing cream, alcohol, vanilla and ground nutmeg and continue to chill until desired temperature (2-3 more hours). Garnish with cinnamon sticks, ground cocoa or ground nutmeg and serve. Serves 8-10 people.


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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      My dad had George Washington's eggnog recipe, and one year he made it for Christmas. It was terrible! I'll have to look for it - you'd get a kick out of it!

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      ugg nightfall 8 years ago

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      I know it's hard to believe, but I have never tasted eggnog. I will make some and enjoy thanks to you!