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Homemade Eggnog

Dec 1, 2011 by

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It’s officially Christmas when the farmer’s market replaces fall mums with Christmas trees.  When the Salvation Army bell ringers can be found in front of every grocery store.  When radio stations start playing nothing by Christmas tunes.  And when egg nog hits the shelves.

I’ve noticed egg nog is a love it or hate it type of drink.  The Husband and I love it.  This year, I decided to try making my own homemade egg nog.  Not only did it taste better than anything I’ve shelled out money for, but it was super easy!

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Two common complaints I hear when it comes to eggnog:

One, some people just don’t like nutmeg. Yes, I’ve had some pretty “nutmeg-y” concoctions and it can make your eyes water.  Not so with this recipe.  In fact, it was the first thing I noticed when I took a sip – the nutmeg is not at all overpowering.

Second, there is the concern with consuming raw eggs.  According to the American Egg Board, “the risk of an egg being contaminated with Salmonella bacteria is very low, about 1 in 20,000 eggs.”  Just use your common sense.  Use fresh eggs that have been kept refrigerated.  If your carton of eggs is two weeks past its sell-by date, then use at your own peril.

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Homemade Egg Nog

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Adapted from Simple Bites Blog.
Serves: Makes approximately 1-1/2 quarts
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 ¼ cups good quality bourbon
  • ¼ cup spiced rum
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg plus more for garnish
  1. Add egg yolks and sugar into a blender. Process until combined, about 30 seconds to one minute.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Replace lid and process until smooth.
  3. Pour over ice. Garnish with additional nutmeg if desired.


  1. oooo …. I have NEVER tried eggnog.. can you believe that? I need to get on the ball here.


  2. I lovvvveeee me some eggnog! I’m just so scared to make it at home. Will have to try this recipe soon though. The brand I like can’t be found in stores and I’ll need a good replacement. Might as well make my own. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’ve never been a big eggnog drinker…but I’ve also never had homemade. Pretty sure i could love this.

    And with all the raw batters/doughs I eat…salmonella is so not even on my worry radar. 😛

  4. You can also shell out a little extra money and buy pasteurized eggs. That is what I used the one time I attempted to make mayo.

  5. I LOVE eggnog, we used to drink it for breakfast every morning as kids, minus the rum of course.. ! c

  6. Jim

    you know, my parents always used to make a HUGE bowl of eggnog for their new years party back in the 70’s, and i finally got around to doing it myself a few years ago, raw eggs and everything and lemme tell you, you will NOT regret it!! I know nothing about cooking and stuff and the eggs have never been a problem, just as long as they are fresh and cold, you’ll have no problem….and you can mke it as boozy as you want yourself, so thats the best part…i use Woodford Reserve bourbon, Meyers Dark Rum and also add some brandy too for it’s taste, so like the old ad says, try it, you’ll like it!!!!!

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