Not exactly a hot drink, but definitely a festive drink!

A classic Christmas drink

Eggnog is a kind of a dairy based punch. It is a is rich, creamy and sweet cold drink traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites and yolks then packed with distilled spirits, such as brandy, bourbon or rum. This drink is popular in USA and Canada and over there it starts being offered from thanksgiving through to the end of the festive season. Other areas around the world have also been celebrating this drink where it has gained popularity especially during the festive season. This is especially true since supermarkets around the world have started stocking a pre-prepared commercial variety of it.

However, Eggnog is a drink that is traditionally homemade, and many households have family recipes that they pride themselves with. While it is generally served cold with cinnamon or nutmeg along with whiskey or rum, during the cold winters, some varieties of it are made and served warmed.

For a nonalcoholic version, omit the rum & the bourbon. Increase milk to 2 1/3 cups instead!


Serves: 6
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp light rum
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves

In a large saucepan, combine the egg yolks, milk and sugar. Cook stirring over medium heat until the mixture coats the back of a metal spoon without slipping off (custard consistency).

Remove from heat, and place in a bowl of ice and water stirring for 2 minutes, to cool it quickly and stop the cooking process. If you do not do that, you will end up with curdled eggs inside!

In a separate bowl, whip the cream together with the whiskey, rum, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. Stir into the egg mixture.

Cover and chill for 4-24 hours.

To serve sprinkle each serving with nutmeg.



  • For different presentation, you can whip some whipping cream to soft peaks, and pipe it over the top of eggnog into a swirl. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • For Lower Fat Eggnog use skimmed milk and half-and-half instead of full fat milk and whipping cream.

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