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How to Make Homemade Eggnog

This Christmas, whip up this quick and easy homemade eggnog recipe. From blender to your glass in less that five minutes!

This Christmas, whip up this quick and easy homemade eggnog recipe. From blender to your glass in less that five minutes!

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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 eggnog hits the shelves.

I’ve noticed eg 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 eggnog.  Not only did it taste better than anything I’ve shelled out money for, but it was super easy!

Is it Safe to Consume Raw Eggs?

Traditional eggnog is made with raw eggs, which can be a concern since raw eggs can contain Salmonella bacteria which causes food poisoning.

Store bought eggnog is made using pasteurized eggs, which means the eggs are heated to a point where the bacteria is killed.

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.”  However, if you’re still living in fear, you can pasteurize your eggs at home. recommends heating the eggs and half the milk called for in the recipe over low heat to an internal temperature of 160 °F. This should be enough to kill the bacteria. You’ll want to use a candy thermometer or something similar to monitor your temp.

What is the best booze for eggnog?

You can, of course, drink your eggnog straight. But what’s the fun in that? Most eggnog recipes use rum, brandy or bourbon. There is no need to go premium here, since you’ll be combining the alcohol with other ingredients. For this recipe, I used a combination of spiced rum, such as Bacardi Gold, and bourbon, such as Evan Williams.

How to Make Homemade Eggnog

Homemade eggnog can be ready in just a few minutes by following three easy steps.

Step one. Combine five egg yolks and 3/4 cup of sugar in a blender. Process until the sugar is dissolbed, about 30 seconds to one minute.

Step two. Remove the lid to the blender and add heavy cream, whole milk, bourbon, spice rum, a pinch of salt, some vanilla and a little nutgmeg to the blender. Replace the blender lid and process until the mixture is smooth.

Step three. Fill glasses with ice and pour the homemade eggnog over top. Garnish with whipped cream and additional nutmeg if desired.

How Long Will My Homemade Eggnog Keep?

Ever heard of aged eggnog? Yep, it’s totally a thing. As long as it’s kept refrigerated, eggnog will last weeks, even months, thanks to the alcohol. I can’t personally vouch for this, since our homemade eggnog usually doesn’t last an hour.

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This Christmas, whip up this quick and easy homemade eggnog recipe. From blender to your glass in less that five minutes!
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Homemade Eggnog

This Christmas, whip up this quick and easy homemade eggnog recipe. From blender to your glass in less that five minutes!
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 quarts
Calories 344kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 ¼ cups good quality bourbon
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg plus more for garnish


  • Add egg yolks and sugar into a blender. Process until combined, about 30 seconds to one minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Replace lid and process until smooth.
  • Pour over ice. Garnish with additional nutmeg if desired.


Serving: 8oz. | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9.7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11.3g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 420mg | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 3310mg


  1. 5 stars

    Gorgeous recipe! I love the step by step…you make this really easy…especially for someone who’s never made eggnog. Thanks for sharing with us…just pinned!

  2. Yes, it’s so easy! You have nothing to lose.

  3. 5 stars
    I love eggnog and this is such a great post about it. I’m bookmarking it for the holiday season — so many good tips. I love using the drink in recipes, too — like cake. So I’ll be making a double or triple batch.

  4. 5 stars
    Can you believe I have never had egg nog. I really need to make it this Christmas.

  5. 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!!!!!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 😛

  9. 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.

  10. GraceLynneFleming

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


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