The Best Spiked Eggnog Recipe

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Creamy, delicious homemade spiked eggnog recipe with bourbon. A classic Christmas drink that is a must during the holiday season!

It’s a tradition for us to make a batch of creamy homemade eggnog around the holidays and our eggnog panna cotta. This recipe is rich and creamy and the best eggnog we’ve ever had!

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There is also a really big difference between store-bought and homemade eggnog. If you haven’t tried making it yourself, give it a shot! The flavor is completely different than what you buy in the store, which I don’t even like! But homemade eggnog is seriously one of the best holiday treats.

Brief History Of Eggnog

The origins and the ingredients used to make original eggnog drinks are debated. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, nog was “a kind of strong beer brewed in East Anglia.” The first known use of the word “nog” was in 1693. Alternatively, nog may stem from noggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol.

However, the British drink was also called an Egg Flip, from the practice of “flipping” (rapidly pouring) the mixture between two pitchers to mix it. One dictionary lists the word “eggnog” as being an Americanism invented in 1765-75.

Whatever the case and wherever it came from – this spiked eggnog recipe is delicious!

How To Make this Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Supplies

Sauce Pan

Electric Mixer with Fitted Attachments

Spatula

Measuring Cups

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Ingredients

— Egg Yolk

— Egg Whites

— Granulated Sugar

— Brown Sugar

— Vanilla Extract

— Heavy Cream

— Milk

— Rum or Whiskey

Directions

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1 — In a large saucepan, heat water and sugar. Swirl and stir until sugar becomes a light brown color, about 3-4 minutes. Do not overcook, or it will become hard like candy.

2 — Add the heavy cream and whole milk. Reduce heat to medium and stir.

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3 — In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks, brown sugar, and vanilla until thick. With the whisk on medium speed, add the milk and sugar mixture. Then pour in the bourbon.

4 — Set aside.

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5 — Beat egg whites and cup sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.

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6 — Fold the egg whites into the eggnog to get a rich, creamy texture.

7 — Pour into a large pitcher.

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8 — Add a pinch of sea salt and cinnamon to the top of each serving.

9 — Serve chilled or warm, and enjoy the best cup of butterscotch eggnog ever!

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Tips For Making Eggnog

— Use fresh, organic eggs for this recipe.

— If the eggnog curdles when you fold in the egg whites, whisk it on medium again until it’s all incorporated. Then pour it into a pitcher.

— You can omit the bourbon to make eggnog without any alcohol. It’s still just as creamy and delicious!

— Do not overcook the sugar and water mix, or it will harden too much.

— Top each glass with a bit of salt and cinnamon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What alcohol goes in eggnog?

There are two options that you can use for this recipe. Rum or Bourbon Whiskey.

Rum will give the recipe a sweeter flavor but still has notes of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon gives it a delectable touch of creme brûlée and caramel flavor. It really depends on what spirit you like better. Some people can’t stand whiskey, so rum would be a much better option.

Both options are just so scrumptious. Rich, creamy with a satisfying and deep vanilla flavor that’ll please the crowd!

And, of course, you can also leave the alcohol out if you prefer.

What is eggnog made of?

This rich, creamy cocktail is made with egg whites, egg yolks, sugar, and heavy cream. It’s spiked with rum or whiskey, and it’s whipped to perfection and served during the holidays.

What does eggnog taste like?

A glass of homemade eggnog is almost like sipping melted ice cream. It’s super creamy, sweet, and has flavors of cream, vanilla, and some spice if spiked.

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Creamy Eggnog Recipe

A creamy, rich homemade eggnog recipe is perfect for the holidays! It's one of the best eggnog recipes we've ever had!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 433kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar , separated: 1 cup and 1/2 cup
  • 8 egg yolks, seperate the egg yolks and whites
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cups bourbon whiskey, or dark rum

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan heat water and 1 cup sugar. Swirl and stir until sugar becomes a light brown color, about 4 minutes. Do not overcook or it will become hard like candy.
    Sugar in a saucepan
  • Add the heavy cream and whole milk. Reduce heat to medium and stir.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks, brown sugar, and vanilla until thick.
    whipped egg yolks and brown sugar
  • With the whisk on medium speed add in the milk and sugar mixture. Then pour in the bourbon or rum (you decide!)
  • Set the mixture to the side.
  • Next, beat egg whites and add in 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
    whipped egg whites
  • Fold the fluffy egg whites into the eggnog to get a rich creamy texture. Fold in untilt the ingredients are mixed.
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  • Add a pinch of sea salt to top off each glass and a little brown sugar.
  • Serve chilled or warm and enjoy the best cup of eggnog ever!
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Notes

If the mixture curdles when you add in the egg whites, use an electric mixer to mix on high until smooth. Then pour into a pitcher. 
You can use rum or bourbon in this recipe. Both are amazing. Bourbon has a bit of a stringer taste, rum has a bit of a sweeter taste. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 156mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg
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5 thoughts on “The Best Spiked Eggnog Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Just made this and omg it’s delicious!!! I don’t like egg nog at all, but my family loves it with rum. The liquor stores are all sold out of pre-mixed boozy bottles, so I thought I’d make my own. Wow, is this ever tasty!
    I added in quite a bit of egg nog spice, as well as a bit of rum extract. I also used 1/2 bourbon and 1/2 spiced rum, but that’s just my preference.

    Do you know how long it keeps for?

    Reply
    • So glad you loved it! Homemade eggnog does not last long, about 2 days stored in the refrigerator. Hopefully, it will be gone by then!

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