Just in time for the holidays! I have always wanted to make my own eggnog and have always been a little intimidated by the whole process for some reason. Yesterday I was at the grocery store and thought to myself “What the heck?! I might as well try it out on my own.” So I grabbed some ingredients and made this delectable concoction. It was actually easier than I thought it would be to make. The calories are definitely present in this recipe, but everything in moderation is what I say.
This amazing homemade eggnog turned out exactly as I was hoping it would: creamy and full of amazing flavors! The kids were really excited to get to try it as well. I did make it non-alcoholic, but in the recipe, it describes how to spike it 🙂 My oldest son, Noah, was my taste tester as you can see in the photo I took of him trying it out of the first time after being my assistant in my photo shoot of the eggnog. He did a great job, and after chugging a ton of it for the photo, he said it was the best eggnog ever! So it made me smile. He used to call eggnog “Christmas drink” when he was little. It makes miss the good ol’ days. Now of course he’s getting older and he has stopped calling eggnog that, but it still amazes me how fast he is growing up!
One of the ingredients in this recipe is vanilla beans. If you haven’t purchased vanilla beans in the past, they tend to be on the pricier side. That being said, this eggnog tastes amazing without adding them, but if you do add them, it is well worth the extra layer of flavor. Like I said, it is easily left out with no negative effect on the eggnog. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 vanilla bean pd, sliced and beans removed
- 1 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- 5 eggs separated
- ⅔ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup bourbon or dark rum
- In large sauce pan add whole milk, heavy cream, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and vanilla beans
- Bring to a boil once boil is reached turn heat off and let sit
- In large stand up mixer or hand mixer mis egg yolks and sugar until thick
- Slowly add warm milk mixture in a slow stream mixing as you pour until well combined and smooth
- If alcohol eggnog is desired add bourbon or rum and stir
- Refrigerate overnight or up to a couple days
- Before serving beat egg whites in a large bowl until you get soft peaks.
- Gently fold into eggnog until combined.
- Serve and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg or ground cinnamon
This recipe is also not a recipe you can just whip together and serve. It needs to sit in the refrigerator over night to a couple days, so plan ahead. This would be great to have at your holiday party or on Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays and enjoy this amazing eggnog recipe!