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Eggnog - The Basic Recipe Plus Variations

Updated on May 2, 2013


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Eggnog has long been a favorite high protein beverage. Although it is usually associated with the holidays and other celebrations, it's enjoyed by many year round. The basic eggnog recipe is so simple and easy to make; why not indulge once in a while?

When I prepare eggnog, I almost always make two batches; one for the kids and one for the adults. The minors will be served the original recipe, while the adults may choose to have theirs spiked with rum, brandy or whiskey. If you enjoy the rum flavor but don't want to consume any alcohol; you can substitute with rum flavoring or extract, which is just as delicious in my opinion.

Below, you will find the basic recipe I use for making this delicious drink plus variations. You might want to try my recipe for eggnog pie too. It's very rich so it should be served in smaller portions.


  • 6 eggs, large
  • 6 cups milk, whole
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, pure
  • 1/4 cup sugar, pure cane
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, table

Mix it up

  1. In large mixing bowl, add the eggs. Beat until thick and smooth.
  2. Add the sugar and salt. Beat until sugar and salt are totally dissolved.
  3. Next, add the vanilla. Then while still mixing, slowly add the milk.
  4. Mix until smooth with frothy top.
  5. Serve right away or store in refrigerator until ready to serve. If eggnog is being stored in the refrigerator for later use, be sure to give it another mix with the mixer or blender before serving.
  6. Serve within 24 hours for best flavor.

Another Variation

8 eggs

1 cup sugar

4 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

pinch of ground cloves

OPTIONAL - peach or apricot brandy

In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, beat until smooth. Then add the sugar, beat on medium for about 30 seconds.. Next add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, milk, vanilla extract and cream. Beat until desired thickness.

Serve immediately or keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

OPTIONAL; Stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons of brandy to each one cup serving if desired.

Eggnog Made with Egg Substitute

Eggnog is Great Anytime of Year

Eggnog is not only to be enjoyed during the holidays but is delicious any time of year. It's an excellent and delicious way to add protein and calcium to your diet but be cautious if your counting calories.

So don't wait for the holidays to enjoy this luscious drink, make yourself an individual serving or two anytime.


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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Sounds a great idea will keep this recipe in mind short and to the point