Homemade Eggnog + 6 Flavor Twists To Try

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My husband is happy to drink purchased eggnog by the carton…me? I’m a little more fussy and only homemade will do, yum! Here is the recipe we tried last year and it was a big hit with everyone. Next I added a few variations in case you’re looking for something different (still classic or traditional style) as well as some delicious tasty twists to tempt you with (chocolate, coffee, low-fat and more). You’ll find nearly 20 recipes on this page, enjoy!


It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

4 cups milk
1 1/3 cups sugar
12 large egg yolks
1 cup chilled heavy cream
grated nutmeg

Optional: 1/2 cup bourbon (we didn’t add this)


  • First add the milk and sugar to a medium saucepan then whisk together over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved.
  • Next whisk the egg yolks in a large glass bowl and then while you’re whisking, pour in the hot milk mixture slowly (in a steady stream).
  • Pour everything into the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat and stir frequently so it doesn’t start simmering.
  • Cook for 20 to 25 minutes until it’s thick enough to coat the back of the spoon then strain into a bowl.
  • At this point you mix in the bourbon (if using) and the heavy cream.
  • Cool completely then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • Garnish with nutmeg when serving.

Source: Martha Stewart. If you want something with more alcohol, this is the one for you, it’s also from Martha and includes bourbon, dark rum and cognac.

Here are a few variations you can also check out (for traditional versions, you’ll find the low-fat and flavor twists next). I’ve noted if they’re cooked or uncooked, I prefer playing it safe by only making cooked versions but I know that just won’t do for some of you ;). I wouldn’t skip the alcohol if making uncooked but it’s still not a sure bet that the raw eggs will be ok (make sure to use the freshest possible).

  • Alcohol Free: (Cooked) Makes 2 servings, ingredients include milk, sweetened condensed milk, ground cinnamon, whole cloves, egg yolks, granulated sugar, heavy whipping cream, freshly grated nutmeg and vanilla extract. From A Sweet Pea Chef.
  • Grandma’s Old Fashioned Boiled “Drinking” Custard & Base: (Cooked) Made with half-and-half (or heavy cream and whole milk), sugar, all-purpose flour, eggs, vanilla (or almond, rum extract), whipped cream (for garnish), freshly grated nutmeg (garnish), bourbon or rum (optional). From Deep South Dish.
  • Mama’s (Uncooked): Serves 8 to 10 and is made with Bourbon, heavy cream, milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, nutmeg and chilled in the freezer before serving. From Paula Deen.
  • Cooked With Plenty Of Flavor: Made with milk, pure vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, a cinnamon stick, ground clove, egg yolks, granulated sugar, rum (optional), heavy cream and nutmeg. From Epicurean Mom.
  • With Spiced Rum & Brandy: (Cooked) Made with half-and-half, whole milk, a dash of allspice, sugar, egg yolks, brandy, spiced rum. Found at Food Network.
  • Old Fashioned With Bourbon: (Uncooked) Makes 5 pints, ingredients include eggs, granulated sugar, cream, milk, Four Roses bourbon, aged Jamaica rum and garnished with grated cinnamon and/or nutmeg. From Imbibe Magazine.
  • Saveur’s Recipe: (Cooked) Made with milk, sugar, salt, a vanilla bean (split lengthwise), separated eggs, bourbon, dark rum, cold heavy cream and grated nutmeg. From Saveur.
  • Costa Rican Style: (Cooked) Makes 8 (1/2 cup) servings, ingredients: egg yolks, granulated sugar, evaporated milk, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, whole cloves and rum (or rum extract). From Very Best Baking.

Low-fat (skinny) versions: Each of these are cooked…

  • Dr. Katz’s: (about 100 calories per serving) Made with skim milk, egg substitute, nonfat powdered milk, sugar, vanilla extract, rum extract, ground nutmeg or cinnamon and sugar-free whipped topping for garnish. Found at oprah.com.
  • Sophisticated Low-Fat Version: Serves 10 and made with 1% milk, freshly grated nutmeg, eggs, sugar, all-purpose flour, salt, brandy (or bourbon or rum), vanilla extract and garnished with light whipping cream. From Delish.
  • Low-Fat: Makes 6 servings, ingredients include nonfat milk, large strips of orange and/or lemon zest, a vanilla bean, large eggs, sugar, cornstarch, white rum or bourbon (optional) and freshly grated nutmeg for garnish. Found at Food Network.

Tasty Twists: All but one these add something special to already made eggnog so you can use your favorite recipe or use purchased…

  • Clasico: Made from scratch but cooked with instant coffee granules for a tasty twist. From very Best Baking.
  • Snappy Chai Version: Powdered chai tea, vanilla extract, brandy, brown sugar and crushed gingersnaps. From Rachael Ray Magazine.
  • Chilled Mocha: Made with instant coffee granules, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, heavy whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar and pure vanilla extract. From Taste of Home.
  • Coffee: Coffee is brewed with ground nutmeg and sugar then added to eggnog, topped with whipped topping. From Kraft Recipes.
  • Mocha: Makes 10 servings, chocolate milk, heavy whipping cream, instant coffee granules, pure vanilla extract and rum extract are added. From Taste of Home.
  • Holiday Cheer Latte: Shots of espresso (or double/triple concentrated coffee) are added along with milk, sugar, whipped cream and nutmeg (optional). From Savory Sweet Life.

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  1. Melissa says:

    For the first time we made our own and tried the first recipe you provided. We are never going back to cartons from the store! This was absolutely delicious! The only mistake we made was not making more, haha!

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