How to Make Egg Nog
Egg Nog is a Seasonal Treat
Each year, usually starting in early November, grocery stores start carrying egg nog in the dairy section, and coffee shops may offer delicious egg nog lattés.
The rich, creamy drink is thicker than milk or cream, and has a unique taste that many people associate with the holidays.
Egg nog "season" is a short one, usually lasting just into the New Year.
Egg nog can be enjoyed on its own as a non-alcoholic drink, or you can add brandy or rum for a winter cocktail. To dilute the rich flavor (and to save a few calories) we often cut egg nog with 2% milk (2 parts egg nog to 1 part milk). Enjoy eggnog cold or warm. In a punch, egg nog is delicious served ice cold with whipped cream on top. Heated in a mug, egg nog can be a perfect warm winter drink, too. Egg nog is also delicious used as coffee creamer. It can also be made into decadent ice cream!
Not only can you enjoy egg nog as a drink, but it can be used in other recipes from cheesecake to french toast. If you want to extend your enjoyment of the seasonal treat, read on to learn how to make homemade egg nog!
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Classic Egg Nog Recipe - Easy Recipe for Egg Nog
I'm going to tell you how we make classic egg nog at my home. Be advised that you can purchase egg nog mix to combine with your own milk or cream. While this might be a small step up from the cartons of egg nog you can buy at the grocery store, 100% homemade egg nog still tastes the best.
Because I have four children, a few pets, a husband and a busy job, I appreciate the fact that this egg nog recipe is so easy. I don't have hours to spend over a hot stove. I want the classic taste, and I want it within an hour!
Since most of the people in my home are under the age of 21, I make our egg nog non-alcoholic. Of course, you can always add brandy, cognac or rum to the recipe for a delicious holiday cocktail.
Classic Egg Nog Recipe (No Cook and Non-Alcoholic): Serves 10-12
- 12 egg yolks
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract or rum extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 pint of heavy cream, whipped
- 1/2 gallon of 2% or whole milk (8 cups)
- grated nutmeg for garnish
With an electric mixer, beat egg yolks and powdered sugar together until smooth and slightly thickened. Add extract for flavoring and allspice and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, whip heavy cream with the electric mixer until soft peaks form. In a large pitcher, combine egg mixture and milk, fold in whipped cream.
Refrigerate until serving and stir before pouring into glasses. Top with grated nutmeg if desired.
If you wish to make an alcoholic version of this eggnog recipe, omit the extract and add 1/4 cup dark rum or brandy.
History of Egg Nog
There are a number of legends that purport to be the historic roots of the Egg Nog drink. Some believe that American colonists imported a milk and wine punch from England and then replaced wine with rum. Because another word for rum was "grog," egg and grog soon became shortened to "eggnog."
Hundreds of years before settlers arrived in the New World, people in England were drinking "Egg Flip," a milk punch mixed with alcohol, beer and spices. Originally, the concoction was made for medicinal purposes, but over the years, it became a drink to toast the health of celebrants. Due to the lack of refrigeration, milk could not be kept long, so Egg Flip or eggnog had to be consumed immediately and usually was only enjoyed by the wealthy.
Another theory on the history of egg nog is that the word is derived from "noggin," which is a wooden mug historically used to serve drinks at taverns. While eggnog has been around for many years, since at least the 1600s, there are many recipes and derivations of the original drink with an egg and cream/milk base, fortified with wine or liquor. The classic winter cocktail, Tom and Jerry, is closely related to egg nog.
President George Washington was reputably a big fan of eggnog, making an especially fortified version that only the bravest of souls would try during the holiday season. No matter its origins, egg nog today is a traditional drink for toasting the good cheer of your drinking mates. That is why it is commonly consumed during the holiday season.
Suggested Flavorings and Liquors for Homemade Egg Nog
Feel free to experiment with your own favorite flavors in your eggnog. Try adding 1-2 teaspoons any one of the following:
- Maple syrup
- Peppermint extract
- Almond extract
Alcoholic egg nog is a favorite winter drink and fun to serve at parties. Try 2-3 ounces of any of these liquors per serving of eggnog:
- Rum, regular or "spiced"
- Brandy, regular or flavored
- Coffee liquor
- Single malt scotch
Easy Cooked Egg Nog Recipe
The classic egg nog recipe above is certainly easy and takes little time to prepare, but some people are concerned about uncooked eggs and potential risks. This easy cooked egg nog recipe that serves 10 people ensures that any bacteria is killed, so you can enjoy your winter drink without worry. Plus, you can make it with, or without alcohol.
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2-1/2 cups of 2% or whole milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup rum (optional), or 1 teaspoon rum extract
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine eggs and granulated sugar in a saucepan, whisking together. Add milk. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Place the saucepan in a large bowl of iced water and stir until mixture is cool. Refrigerate.
Next, use an electric mixer to combine heavy cream and powdered sugar with an electric mixer. Beat until stiff peaks form. Stir in rum or rum extract, then fold this whipped cream mixture into the cooled custard. Pour eggnog into serving bowl, or ladle into individual glasses and sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.
Another Egg Nog Recipe from Good Housekeeping
What to do with Leftover Egg Nog
Its hard to believe that you might have leftover egg nog!
But, if you have made a large batch and holiday guests have not consumed all the eggnog, you can add it to some other recipes.
Because egg nog is made with milk, eggs, cream and sugar, it makes an excellent base for breakfast recipes like french toast, pancakes and muffins. Some recipes for cookies, scones, cupcakes, cheesecake and fudge include eggnog. You can even use it in pie crust!
This time of year, consider using eggnog for any recipe you would otherwise stir in milk or cream. Try hot oatmeal or other cereal with egg nog. Make a bread pudding or rice pudding with eggnog instead of milk. Of course eggnog is great stirred into coffee or tea, as well.
© 2011 Stephanie Hicks