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Classic eggnog

Classic eggnog



  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100g sugar
  • 240ml heavy cream
  • 480ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml bourbon, brandy, or rum (optional)


  1. In a bowl whisk together egg yolks with half a sugar.
  2. In a saucepan mix together cream, milk, nutmeg, and a second half of sugar. Heat until starts steaming.
  3. Add about 2 tablespoons of hot milky mixture into beaten egg yolks and whisk quickly. Then add the rest of liquid into the egg mixture to temper. Whisk well. Pour it back to the saucepan and cook until steaming again, mixing constantly.
  4. Remove from the heat and add vanilla syrup.
  5. Serve chilled.
  6. For the alcoholic version add 200ml of bourbon or dark rum (you can add more, it all depends on a personal preference, really).

Eggnog is a rich creamy dairy-based drink. It is often made with bourbon, rum or brandy.

It is a traditional Christmas drink, very popular in Canada and the USA. It is usually consumed starting from American Thanksgiving till the end of Christmas season.

You can find eggnog in stores, but you can also make one at home. I prefer the second option. It doesn’t take too long and tastes much better than the prepacked one. The only thing is that you have to use the freshest pasteurized eggs! And the alcoholic option is safer to consume because alcohol is a bactericide and the eggnog becomes sterilized. Many sources recommend making alcoholic eggnog way ahead, even up to a year!

I am not a big fan of an eggnog, to be honest with you. But I love making eggnog flavoured treats! Tomorrow I will share with you one of my favourite eggnog desserts.

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