A cup of homemade eggnog served with whipped cream on top and a cinnamon stick, with holly berries, pinecones and another glass of eggnog in the background.
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Homemade Eggnog

The BEST Homemade Egg Nog recipe! Thick and creamy with the perfect mild flavor and hint of nutmeg. You'll never buy store-bought eggnog again!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon , for topping

Instructions

  • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and creamy.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk, nutmeg and salt. Stir often until mixture reaches a bare simmer. 
  • Add a big spoonful of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Repeat, adding a big spoonful at a time, to temper the eggs. 
  • Once most of the hot milk has been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the saucepan on the stove. 
  • Whisk constantly for just a few minutes, until the mixture is just slightly thickened (or until it reaches about 160 degrees F on a thermometer). It will thicken more as it cools.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the eggnog into a pitcher or other container and cover with plastic wrap. 
  • Refrigerate until chilled. It will thicken as it cools. If you want a thinner, completely smooth consistency, you can add the entire mixture to a blender with 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk and blend until smooth.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and fresh whipped cream, if desired.
  • Store homemade eggnog in the fridge for up to one week.

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Notes

Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 155mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 960IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 0.5mg