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Do You Like Eggnog?

easy eggnog recipe

Do you like eggnog? Truth be told, I never even tasted it until Chatter claimed she liked it a few Christmases ago. I don’t have a clue where she tasted it-maybe at Nana’s?

Anyway, every Christmas since then she’s asked me to buy her a small carton. Maybe it’s just me, but I swear it tastes like milk mixed with paint thinner.

So this year when she asked me to buy some I said “Lets try to make it homemade.” I found a recipe online and then we tinkered around with it to come up with something we thought she would like.

We used:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

alcohol free eggnog

Separate egg yolks from the whites; beat the egg yolks well; reserve the whites in the frig for later. Add sugar and mix till light and creamy.

homemade eggnog

Heat milk, cream, nutmeg, and vanilla. Bring mixture to a boil and then remove from heat.

Add a little of the hot mixture into the egg/sugar mixture and stir well. Gradually add all the egg/sugar/milk mixture into the hot mixture stirring constantly.

The recipe we found online said to heat the mixture until it reached 160 degrees. We used a thermometer, but it was pretty much that temperature after just a minute or two on the heat.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl or other container and chill.

eggnog without alcohol

After the mixture is chilled and you’re ready to drink the eggnog-beat the reserved egg whites until they reach the stiff peak stage.

Whisk the stiff egg whites into the chilled mixture.

eggnog in Appalachia

Serve eggnog with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg on top.

Now I can see why Chatter likes eggnog-anyone would like this eggnog. The stiff egg whites made it very thick, but we didn’t mind. Once the leftovers sat in the frig overnight-they weren’t near as thick.

We made a non-alcoholic version of eggnog, but I’m sure you could add the traditional brandy or whiskey if you wanted too.

I first shared this post with you back in 2012. Chatter is still loving her eggnog.


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  • Reply
    Mrs. K
    December 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Love eggnog and make it during the winter, especially the holidays. I heat mine and don’t add raw egg whites, doesn’t need them. Delicious!

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    Rooney Floyd
    December 5, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Eggnog tastes good, but I’ll have to throw my 2 cents worth in with the “no raw eggs” crowd. When I was a kid, we made home-made ice cream with a recipe that called for raw eggs. We loved it, but when we made a churn for the church youth group on time, several got sick and the eggs got the blame– guilty or not.

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    Pam Danner
    December 5, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I like eggnog. I have had a little every year at Christmas for as long as I can remember. My Mom and Dad loved it. I don’t think my Dad could drink it now because it is so rich and sweet.

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    Sue Crane
    December 5, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Try making French toast using egg nog! It’s good!

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    December 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Well, this is some impressive eggnog you made! I’m sure I would love it, but I don’t think I’d make it for myself. I grew up with homemade eggnog that was the special treat to get some nourishment into someone who wasn’t feeling well enough to want to eat. It was just milk, egg, sugar, and a bit of nutmeg, beaten up with an eggbeater! I’ve since made eggnog many a time with a blender, but the ingredients are the same – actually, more often than not I even leave out the nutmeg.

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    December 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I love eggnog, and if it’s too sweet, I’ll thin it with milk. I worked construction for 40 years, and I would get up early every morning and put 1-2 raw eggs, 1 TBSP sugar, and nutmeg to taste in a pint jar, fill the rest up with milk, and shake the jar until it was mixed thoroughly. That was my protein shake for the hard day ahead. With Love from the riverbank in Marshall!

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    Angie Morris
    December 5, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Love it!
    I make homemade, with my own eggs:
    2 cups cream, 2 cups milk, 8 yolks, 1/4 c sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and to taste…cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I put it all in the blender and blender till combined and a little frothy.
    This is the best! I have made it for friends, as gifts, as well.
    Merry Christmas!

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    harry adams
    December 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Not a fan of egg nog. It’s the idea of raw eggs or partially cooked eggs that I think makes me ill. I can taste the eggs in the milk no matter what is put in it to mask the taste. Even the smell in the carton is enough. Give me Bailey’s in coffee or Amaretto in milk.

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    December 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    There are so many variations to egg nog, I bet everyone of your readers could find one to their tastes. I like the recipe in an old Betty Crocker cookbook except I cut way down on the alcohol! We like a touch of rum in it best but have had it with bourbon and other such at other folks houses. We also put whipped cream on the top and cut down a little on the sugar. It can be made overpoweringly sweet.
    Every once in a while, I used to make the kids milkshakes after school and I always put raw eggs in the mix for extra protein.
    I wash my eggs with Dawn detergent before I use them whether I get them from a neighbor or the grocery store. – and, because most recipes work better if eggs are at room temperature, I keep a dozen out (much to the chagrin of the next 2 generations). – they are seldom out more that 4 or 5 days and I try to use them before any gray shows up on the shells. I think some of the “rules” for food storage came about because too many folks just don’t have the basic handling knowledge for taking care of their food.
    – – – and once again, I digressed – – sorry folks.

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    Ed Ammons
    December 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I’m not a fan of eggnog but I buy it ever year for Dusty. He’s the eggnog lover in this house.
    I’ve tried to like it but to me it tastes like pancake batter. Now, I used to like to lick the spoon when Mommy made cakes. It had raw eggs in it too. She didn’t really like me eating raw eggs but if I begged long enough she would give in.
    We had a neighbor who ate raw eggs right out of the shell. He said the doctor prescribed it for ulcers. He really did have ulcers and ended up having to have half of his stomach taken out.

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    December 5, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I say I don’t like egg nog but actually I’ve never tried it, I guess it’s the raw eggs. I just can’t imagine drinking raw eggs, but what do I know, I even like Shrimp. …Ken

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    Gina Price
    December 5, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumy, love the egg nog…just wish it had a different maybe Sugar Cream Cloud or Dream Sip ! Tipper, got my necklace and love it ! Thank y’all for doing the give-a-way, her work is beautiful ! I will treasure it, being from you girls makes it all the more special ! Merry
    CHRISTmas everyone !

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    Ann Applegarth
    December 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I love it, but I’ve never tasted homemade eggnog without bourbon in it. Mama used to say that the whiskey “cooks” the eggs. Since salmonella has become a concern with store-bought eggs and store-bought eggnog is available, I don’t know anyone who still makes it at home. Yours looks beautiful and delicious!

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    Ron Banks
    December 5, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I had it a few times but never really liked it. It was too rich for me. Instead of eggnog I keep a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur and add it to a cup of coffee during the holidays. I think I’ve had the same bottle for about 4 years since I only use it seasonally.

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    b. Ruth
    December 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Yes. We usually buy the smallest container just for the two of us. I am allergic to the stuff! I break out in fat! However, it is just tradition that we have at least one small cup. The cat gets a sip only! Most of the rest goes out since after the one cup it is forgotten in the fridge! ha
    My NC momma loved the stuff and would near lick the cup it was in, and dared anyone to touch her bottle of eggnog! Back then us kids wouldn’t dare anyway, ’cause we thought it was thick nasty milk! ha
    Thanks Tipper,

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    larry griffith
    December 5, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I got a big taste for eggnog,but now I’m going to be tasting for paint thinner.

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    December 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

    It’s been years since I tasted eggnog and didn’t like it. I’ve always associated it with a mixed drink and thought another flavor would surely taste better.

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    Lee Mears
    December 5, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Not really.
    I like the ‘idea’ of it more than anything. I usually buy a quart of low-fat and drink one small glass and pour out the remainder when it goes out of date.. Its so sweet and thick it almost gags me. (But then, I’ve always had to have skim milk. Granny had to skim the cows milk for me and called it (Helma’s bluejohn).
    I can’t swallow Vikes Nyquil either.!
    Maybe a bit of fresh nutmeg would help the Nyquil ??

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    Ron Stephens
    December 5, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I can’t recall the last time I had eggnog. I did like it but not especially, not enough to want to buy any for instance. I guess I’m like a lot of people that I can go from Thanksgiving through New Year and not think of it. There ought to be a name for that group of “Oh yeah, I like it OK.” foods.
    You just identified another way in which our children surprise us on their way to becoming their own person.

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    Gayle Larson
    December 5, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I never did care for eggnog so I would mix a little brandy with some vanilla ice cream and everyone though I was joining them.
    Your recipe sounds like it may taste alright.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 5, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I am not a fan. But the ingredients should make a tasty drink. Wonder why I don’t like it. Strange

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    Donna Wilson King
    December 5, 2016 at 7:14 am

    We make boiled custard instead of eggnog. It’s wonderful with coconut cake which has been a Christmas tradition in our family for years!

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    Miss Cindy
    December 5, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Looks very good! It’s been years since I had any eggnog. I always thought it was pretty good but I haven’t thought of making it in years. My Aunt Ruth liked eggnog. She would buy it every year during the holidays. She was not one to consume much alcohol except once a year. On New year’s Eve she would have eggnog with a shot of bourbon in it, then go to bed. It was her ritual to celebrate the new year.

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