Eggnog is a cold, sweetened dairy-based beverage. It is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks (which gives it a foamy texture and its name). In some contexts, distilled spirits such as brandy, rum, whiskey, or bourbon are added to the drink.
Throughout Canada and the United States, eggnog is traditionally consumed during the holiday season, from the end of October to the end of the holiday season. A variety called ponche crema has been made and consumed in Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago since the 1900s, also as part of the Christmas season. During that time, commercially prepared eggnog is sold in grocery stores in these countries.
Eggnog is also homemade using milk, eggs, sugar, and flavorings, and is served with cinnamon or nutmeg. While eggnog is often served cold, it is sometimes heated, especially on cold days (similar to mulled wine).
Learn how to prepare your Homemade Eggnog with this simple and easy to make recipe!
Eggnog is awesome. The store-bought version that comes in those slender milk containers, they’re there the day after Thanksgiving, they leave the day after New Year’s, pale in comparison to the real thing.
6 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground clove
6 slices of fresh ginger
1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon, for garnish
Rum or bourbon, for serving (optional)
- Add 6 egg yolks to a mixer;
- Add 1/3 cup sugar;
- Add 1/4 cup brown sugar;
- In a pan on the fire, add 1 cup heavy cream;
- Add 2 cups whole milk;
- Add Pinch of salt;
- Add 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg;
- Add a Pinch of ground clove;
- Add 6 slices of fresh ginger;
- You don’t want to boil or scald your dairy mixture but you want it hot because you want them to temper the eggs;
- I turn on my mix machine, I’m gonna add my hot liquid one third at a time to temper my egg yolks;
- Now that it’s tempered it goes back into my pan;
- We want to now bring this back up 180, 190, 200 degrees. We don’t want it to simmer you just want our eggs to set;
- Strain the hot mixture into a bowl;
- Add 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract;
- Let cool for 10 minutes in the fridge;
- Add Ground cinnamon, for garnish;
- Yout Homemade Eggnog is ready!