Classic Eggnog

This recipe for Classic Eggnog is the ultimate rich, sweet holiday sipper. If you’ve only ever had eggnog from a carton, this homemade version takes things to a whole new level. Spiced with nutmeg — the warm spice that gives eggnog its distinctive flavor — enjoy a small cup with a splash of rum or bourbon. But this beverage isn’t just for drinking (or just for the holidays). There are many more ways to enjoy this diverse drinkable custard — it’s a great base for ice cream, stirred into coffee, added to a milkshake, or turned into Eggnog Bread Pudding, a dessert like no other.

Classic Eggnog

Eggnog is the type of drink that people either love or really really hate. It's rich, creamy, and, well, egg-y. We fall into the camp of people who love it. Here's how to make perfect eggnog every time.
Prep Time10 mins
Chill20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, christmas holiday, Classic Eggnog, Holidays
Servings: 7
Calories: 363kcal



  • 6 Egg yolks
  • ½ cup Sugar


  • 2 cups Heavy cream
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • tsp. Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt


  • Prepare an ice water bath with a bowl inside it.
  • Whisk together egg yolks and sugar.
  • Heat cream, milk, nutmeg, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low until it steams.
  • Temper egg mixture by slowly ladling in cream mixture, whisking constantly until all is added. Pour custard back into saucepan; cook until a thermometer registers 160°. Transfer custard to bowl set in ice water and stir occasionally until cold; cover and refrigerate.


Per serving, Calories: 363
  • Eggnog can be prepared and refrigerated up to 1 week ahead.

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories363
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 31g 48%
    • Saturated Fat 18g 90%
  • Cholesterol 256mg 86%
  • Sodium 48mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
    • Protein 5g 10%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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