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Best Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Best Homemade Eggnog

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 25 mins
The best homemade eggnog is made with simple classic ingredients and comes together in 30 minutes. Treat yourself this holiday season. You'll be coming back for more!


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 cinnamon sticks optional for garnish
  • Whipped cream optional for garnish
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon optional for garnish
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg optional for garnish


  • In a large, heavy saucepan, BEAT eggs, sugar, and salt until blended. STIR in 2 cups of milk and 2-3 cinnamon sticks.
  • COOK over low heat, stirring slowly and constantly until the mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film (about 10-15 minutes). The temperature should read 160°F. Do not allow to boil.
  • REMOVE from heat and STIR in the remaining 2 cups of milk, then vanilla. DISCARD cinnamon sticks. Optional- For perfectly smooth eggnog, POUR through a sieve or cheesecloth before chilling.
  • Optional- REFRIGERATE in an air-tight container for two hours or overnight. Can also be served immediately.
  • TOP with any combination of whipped cream, freshly ground nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks.



Calories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 118mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gCalcium: 138mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Author: Katrina Bahl
Keyword: christmas, drinks, eggnog