Appalachia Christmas Holidays in Appalachia


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 during Christmas.¬†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 with it slightly.

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

homemade eggnog

Separate the egg yolks from the whites; beat the egg yolks well; reserve the whites in the frig for later.

Add sugar, mix till light and creamy.

Heat milk, cream, nutmeg, and vanilla. Bring mixture to a boil, 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 the non-alcoholic version, but I suppose you could add the traditional brandy or whiskey if you wanted too.

So do you like eggnog?



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    December 15, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I don’t like it but the lady i take care of, she loves it. I buy her some every year.

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    Peggy Lambert
    December 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Tipper,I never liked eggnog. Anyway would be to sweet for me. All these big meals has already run my blood sugar to high. I love to eat. Now I have to get back on tract.

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    Glenda Beall
    December 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    My mother made eggnog every year on Christmas EVe and served it when relatives came over. I hated the taste of if because she always added some bourbon to the nog.
    Later, as an adult, I made eggnog as you did, but instead of bourbon I added a little bit of brandy. I loved that eggnog. My sister only drinks it with a touch of creme de cocao and I have tasted it. That is good too. I think the homemade is far better than the store bought.

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    Susie Swanson
    December 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I’ve never liked it but that does sound like a good recipe.

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    Henery Farmer
    December 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I would like to eggknowledge your prowess at making eggnog. I am eggcited to try it. Should I eggpect to fail if I don’t stick eggactly to your recipe? Can I add eggxtra eggs?
    I am shocked that I came up with this first. B. Ruth is slipping!

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    December 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I love eggnog, but have never attempted to make my own. That was a great undertaking. I enjoyed the soy one also. I guess I just like the rich flavor. Of course, when I added any liquor to it, it was rum. Thanks for the recipe!

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    December 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Love eggnog. Love it. Love. Love. Love. Mmmmm. Eggnog!

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    Patti Tappel
    December 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Let me tell you my eggnog story. My son Jeremy who is now 35 years old has always loved eggnog.
    When he was small we had a local dairy that made home deliveries still. They have the best products to this day! One morning I was in the back of the house when Charlie came to deliver. Jeremy was about 5 at the time.
    He told Charlie he wanted 6 cartons of eggnog. (Thank goodness they came in quarts only). Imgaine the look on my face later in the day when I opened the refrigerator and saw all the cartons.
    Being a young family on a limited income, I was more worried as to how I was going to pay for all this expensive eggnog, than who was going to drink it.
    We still laugh about Jeremy’s eggnog purchase.

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    December 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Sounds good–may try some this weekend. Thanks! and Happy New Year!

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    Sallie aka granny Covolo
    December 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I buy the carton from the store but yours looks much tastier. I am not certain I like it anymore, however since I read your paint thinner comparison..ha ha..

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    December 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I think I’ll just hold up on that
    stuff. Ain’t never acquired a taste for it. Probably wouldn’t go
    good with my Coffee anyway…Ken

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    December 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Oooh, I really like Jim’s French Toast recipe! This is the 1st Christmas I haven’t had any eggnog.Must pick some up.

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    Mrs. K
    December 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

    LOVE eggnog and make my own, a cooked version because I only had access to supermarket eggs for a long time; now, I have a friend raising chickens and we have wonderful fresh eggs all the time.
    I still use the cooked version and don’t add as much sweetener as most have, in fact, I use very little, just a touch. I also use 1/2 a cup of rum to a bit over 2 quarts of eggnog – not much at all. We add more individually if we want to. It is actually a very nutritious drink.
    My dad taught my husband to make eggnog french toast. Yummy!

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    Canned Quilter
    December 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I do like eggnog but prefer the homemade!

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    Ed Ammons
    December 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

    My big old boy Dusty has to have eggnog every year but I wouldn’t even attempt to make it. He likes whatever brand I buy. It is way too sweet and thick for my taste buds.
    You recipe looks like it would make a good vaniller ice cream if you add a little vanilla and take away the nutmeg.

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    Grayling Hiser
    December 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Tipper, I always enjoy your post on Blind Pig and The Acorn. I want to comment on the Eggnog post. I love good eggnog and there used to be a dairy in our area that made good, however since then I could not find what I call ” good eggnog” so I looked a tried several different recipes that I found but none suited my taste. Then I made a batch by modifying three different recipes and I finaly hit the one that suits my taste. It is almost like yours with a few exceptions. I use 5 whole eggs, 2 cups of granulated sugar, 1 pint of half & half and 1 pint of whole milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and nutmeg and rum flavoring to taste. I first beat the whole eggs untill light then add the sugar and mix well. I put the milk and half&half mixture in a double boiler and get it warm then add a little of the milk mixture to the egg and sugar mixture to thin it and set the eggs to keep them from cooking or scrambling in the hot milk mixture. Then I very slowly ad the egg mixture back into the milk mixture and cook untill the mixture will coat the back of a metal spoon. I take it off the heat and ad the vanilla extract, nutmeg and as much rum flavoring as I deem needed or to taste. I run it thru a seive or cheesecloth to remove any egg that may have cooked and chill overnight. DELICIOUS Have a great day and God Bless

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    Lonnie Dockery
    December 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I didn’t taste eggnog until I was probably in my thirties. I didn’t like it. Since then I’ve tasted it when someone insists theirs is better –but I haven’t found any I care for. It’s another one of those things I can do without!

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    Sue Crane
    December 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

    try it in a pie!

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    B. ruth
    December 28, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’ve had my limit of eggnog this year. We buy a little pint bottle from Mayfields Dairy every year. I try to make it last. It is very, very high in calories, and I try to watch my girlish, rotund figure…LOL
    I’ve never made it, but my Mother made it years ago. I just didn’t like it then. We don’t add rum or whatever, and I don’t think my Mother did either.
    An acquired taste…I have to say your recipe sounds and looks good.
    Thanks Tipper, “Cheery-O” and “Happy New Year!”

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    December 28, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Everyone around me likes custard better, but I prefer eggnog. I think the main thing I like is the nutmeg, which I add freely. No doubt, homemade is better, which is what I remember from the “old days” when I was young.

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    Jim Casada
    December 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Tipper–I’m not a particular fan of eggnog but me have eggnog French toast for breakfast on Christmas morning every year. It is made by drenching slices of bread in eggnog and letting them soak overnight. Then they are spread on cookie sheets and baked until golden brown. It’s rich as all get-out, especially when topped with honey or syrup. You can also mix eggnog and vanilla ice cream for an eggnog milkshake.
    Jim Casada

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    Karen Larsen
    December 28, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I do like eggnog– the adult version!

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    December 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

    No,, I’m with you on the milk and paint thinner,, to many other good things to drink,, good description,, and imagine if you decided to mix brandy or whiskey in it,, yuck…

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    Judy Mincey
    December 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I Love Eggnog. Your recipe is the one I use. I let folks spike their own. Good thing it’s such a seasonal treat. A lot of calories there. Of course, they don’t matter to Chatter, but some of us will have to pay for holiday indulgences.

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