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A glass of eggnog being topped with whipped meringue

Homemade Eggnog

Decadent Old-Fashioned Homemade Eggnog is incredibly easy to make and so dang tasty! Wonderfully thick, creamy and spiced, this recipe is gonna give that store-bought option a run for its money!
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword eggnog
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 311kcal


  • 6 large eggs divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided (plus 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/3 cup milk chilled
  • 1 cup heavy cream chilled
  • 1/2 cup bourbon Optional: (or replace with another ½ cup of heavy cream for nonalcoholic)

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Fresh or ground nutmeg for serving


  • Divide eggs and add 6 egg yolks to a medium sized bowl. Whisk in sugar until light and fluffy and buttery yellow.
  • Add milk and heavy cream to a medium sized pot over medium heat and allow to warm until just about to boil. Remove from heat.
  • Quickly stir a tablespoon of milk into egg mixture to temper. Once again add another tablespoon stirring quickly then one last time repeat process. Once eggs are at temperature, whisk egg mixture into pot of milk and combine.
  • Stir in bourbon (if using), vanilla and salt then serve.
  • In a separate bowl, add remaining egg whites and ½ tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks. Pour eggnog into glasses and spoon with meringue then top with nutmeg and serve.


For an Eggnog Punch Twist
  • Eggnog above
  • ½ gallon peppermint ice cream, softened
  • 1 liter club soda, cold
  • Crushed peppermint
Stir together eggnog, ice cream and club soda in a punch bowl then sprinkle with crushed peppermint. Refrigerate for an hour then serve.


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 122mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 681IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg