Eggnog is a classic holiday drink. This family recipe from the 1900’s is very boozy and perfect for adult parties. Drink responsibly!
Eggnog (or Egg Nog or Egg-Nog; all the same thing) is probably the most classic drink for the winter holidays.
It pops up in stores around Thanksgiving, perfect for a warm sip after a chilly walk or trimming the Christmas tree.
Did you know you can make Eggnog from scratch?
I have a family recipe for a boozy version of Eggnog straight from my Great Grandmother’s recipe box.
It’s a spiked eggnog recipe perfect for adult holiday celebrating. Please Uber, Lyft or walk home after drinking it however.
If you’d like a non-alcoholic version you’ll love this Homemade Eggnog recipe.
What is Eggnog?
Eggnog is a rich, sweetened dairy milk-based drink that traditionally includes alcohol.
Historically it was served chilled with a frothy consistency thanks to whipped egg whites.
It also was called ‘milk punch’.
These days you can find or make it with any type of milk. It’s often consumed warmed with a bit of rum too!
What are the Ingredients in Eggnog?
This recipe includes:
- Eggs (a dozen of them)
- Granulated Sugar
- Rye Whiskey
- Jamaican Rum
- Milk (not cream)
It’s garnished with nutmeg. If possible using freshly grated nutmeg!
Is It Safe to Drink Eggnog with Raw Eggs?
My recommendation is the use pasteurized eggs for any recipes containing raw eggs. This should remove any risk from eating raw eggs.
The statistics on contracting Salmonella are pretty slight but of course follow your own judgment.
There is a debate about whether the amount of alcohol in eggnog recipes would kill salmonella.
Contracting salmonella is the risk of consuming raw eggs. Many ‘experts’ feel it does.
Again to be safe, use pasteurized eggs.
What Liquor Is Used in Eggnog?
Rum is the traditional liquor used in most eggnog recipes.
This recipe uses both Rum and Whiskey.
A Note on Rye Whiskey for Gluten-Free Consumers
Most major gluten-free food authorities state that the distillation process of a spirit extracts any gluten leaving them gluten free.
Two of these organizations are National Institutes of Health’s Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign and the Canadian Celiac Association.
I have occasionally read some dissenting views but the main position holds.
I used Leopold Brothers brand for the recipe pictured here who confirmed their Rye Whiskey IS gluten free.
The original recipe notes to make the day beforehand. This allows the flavors to blend into boozy bliss before serving!
It’s still great if you make it the day of serving.
How to Make this Egg Nog Recipe – Step-by-Step
STEP 1: Beat egg yolks with the sugar to fully combine.
STEP 2: In a second bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Add 2/3’s of the whites to the yolk-sugar mixture; stir to combine.
STEP 3: VERY slowly drizzle the liquor into the egg mixture; stirring gently as you pour.
STEP 4: Slowly pour in the milk; stir.
STEP 5: Stir in the remaining beaten egg whites; stir to coming.
Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg when serving.
How to Serve It
A punch bowlis the best way to serve this eggnog for a party!
Eggnog Recipe Tasting Notes
- The flavors in this Eggnog recipe are well-balanced. However, if you want to pull back on the liquor a notch I’d cut back on the Rye Whiskey.
- This eggnog recipe is very boozy, I won’t lie. It’s a serious drinking cocktail punch.
- The consistency of this fresh from-scratch eggnog is different than the thick store-bought eggnog. It’s lighter and frothy due to beating the egg whites.
How to Store Eggnog
Make it the day beforehand and store it in the refrigerator in a sealed glass container (Mason jarsare great).
This eggnog will store well for at least a week.
I just read an article about a very similar recipe (same vintage) being stored for 6 weeks! I don’t recommend that.
History of this Eggnog Recipe
My great grandmother would have made this in the first half of last century (1900’s).
Noted on the recipe card is ‘old family recipe of Mrs. Blair’.
I do not know who Mrs. Blair is but I would not be surprised to find she owned a distillery. Or perhaps a still at the time based on the recipe ingredients lol!
My great grandparents entertained often and I’m sure this recipe was the star of holiday parties.
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Originally published: December 14, 2011
Eggnog is a classic holiday cocktail punch that is perfect for parties!