Homemade Egg Nog

by Merissa on December 4, 2013

in Recipes

Homemade Egg Nog - Little House Living

Homemade Egg Nog

Few drinks embody the spirit of Christmas like eggnog.  This sweet, milky drink is often found in cartons at your local market in November and December, but did you know that you can whip up homemade eggnog with only a few ingredients at home?  It is a bit more of a commitment than pouring it from a carton, but your 15 minute investment will be well worth the cost.

This homemade eggnog recipe is perfect to share with your family and friends during all of your social engagements during the holidays!

Homemade Egg Nog

What You Need:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • a small pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a medium bowl, whip egg yolks with sugar with an electric mixer until the color starts to lighten, and sugar starts to dissolve.

Homemade Egg Nog

In a medium sauce pan, combine milk, heavy cream, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Warm over medium heat until it is just about to boil. (Note: do not let boil).  Slowly add warmed milk mix to the egg yolk mixture, a fourth cup at a time, stirring after each addition.  You want to do this process slowly, so it doesn't cook the eggs.  Return the milk and egg mix to the pan and warm over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the temperature reaches 160 degrees.  Do not let this boil, or it will curdle.

Homemade Egg Nog

Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and chill in refrigerator.


  • You can take the egg whites and whip them up with 1 tsp of sugar until stiff peaks form, then fold them into the eggnog mix.  Please note that this may not be ideal for everyone, as it does pose a small risk of salmonella. (Farm fresh eggs are best to use in this recipe.)

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Does your family enjoy homemade Egg Nog as a holiday treat?


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1 Ryann December 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

What kind of milk works best/tastes like store bought? Heavy whipping cream is already going in it, so 2%? Or whole makes it taste like the original?


2 Andrea December 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Hi Ryann,

I use whole milk for all of my recipes and to drink, but I am sure it will taste great with 2%, if that’s what you have on hand.


3 Felecia Cofield December 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

Hi Andrea! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Sounds delicious! My hubby is particular about his eggnog so I will give this a try! Blessings from Bama!


4 Dina Farmer December 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Wow I love this!! amazing!!


5 Joie grant December 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

This is not the Egg Nog I grew up with, everything is pretty close but there’s nothing to cook the eggs, we used moonshine or whiskey but shin worked best!


6 Debra G. December 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

The cooking of the milk and then tempering the eggs and adding them, well, you are basically making Creme Anglaise. Which is delicious…but why go to all that trouble? Blue Bunny makes a MARVELOUS All Natural French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream without all the gunk. It has just eggs, milk, vanilla and vanilla beans. All you have to do is melt it and add your spices and (if you want) booze of choice. Simple and just as delicious!


7 Cathy Huggins December 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm

My granddaughter loves egg nog. I will give this to her to try. I am not fond of it either.


8 Meloni Cutberth December 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Our whole family could drink egg nog by the gallon!!! Does this taste like the thick store bought kind? Aweful but that’s the only kind we ever had and we love it!! I’m going to try this for definite!!!!! Thank you!!


9 Kerry C December 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I tried to make eggnog once & failed miserably. I may have to try again using your directions.


10 Miz Helen December 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Hi Andrea,
Your Egg Nog would be delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
Miz Helen


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