The best homemade eggnog recipe! Learn how to make eggnog at home. Keep it simple or spike it with bourbon for a wonderfully classic Christmas cocktail.
Tis the season, friends! For classic eggnog. For BOURBON eggnog. For the BEST EGGNOG RECIPE EVER!
It’s the season for being next to the fire, curled up with a blanket, xmas tunes cranking. OR, in my case with this eggnog, great friends over for some grub eating and white elephant gift exchanging, xmas tunes cranking. Good times friends, good times.
I actually didn’t make this boozy deliciousness, Jerdy did. (Insert shock shock horror horror here). I tried like crazy this week to make some great Christmasy goodies, but it was a total fail. First, I tried making pine honey syrup for cocktails with pine needles from my Christmas tree. Know what that tasted like? Honey. It tasted like weird murky honey. Eiiiiiiiwwwwwwww. Then, I attempted a whiskey chai that I was SO pumped about I took the photos before I tasted the drink. I know, I know, I can just hear Tom Colicchio in my head now…… “taste EVERYTHING!” Sorry Tom. But it was chai tea, and orange, and almond milk, and WHISKEY! Somehow though……. a total bitter fail of a drink. Then, I got determined. I needed something to work. I went out with shears in hand and cut some fresh tips off of a pine tree on the backside of our yard. I attempted ANOTHER pine simple syrup with fresh pine and just a touch of gin. Ugh. It was just……… weird.
So, I threw my hands in the air and let Jerdy take over. Pretty funny sight actually. KISS (the band) apron on and eggnog stuck in his beard, he slaved over that stuff. Awesome little moments when I fall in love with him just a bit more. Of course, this stuff is killer. How can it not be when it’s made of literally sugar spice and everything nice?!
Tomorrow starts a new week. Christmas week. I’ll let the fails of this week go away with it and enjoy one of my favorite weeks of the year.
The best eggnog recipe ever
OK, this is a BIG statement. But really, it is the best eggnog. Far and away better than any store bought you will buy. I like to add just a pinch of cinnamon to mine to give it that extra somethin-somethin. 🙂
If you’re used to the store bought eggnog, this homemade eggnog will seem very different. Rather than being heavy and thick, this eggnog is light and airy. It’s quite a bit easier to drink alongside all of those holiday indulgences. It also uses freshly grated nutmeg, which is KEY to making the best homemade eggnog. Fresh nutmeg is much more flavorful than pre-ground nutmeg. So just a few teaspoons goes a long way.
I actually like to double or even triple this recipe and store it in mason jars in the fridge during the entirety of December. That bourbon keeps it from spoiling too quickly, and the flavors of the cream and booze actually meld together so well the longer it sits in the fridge. SO AWESOME! So, don’t treat this as just a great recipe for a gathering. TREAT YO SELF! Make yourself some and drink a glass every so often during the holiday season. You deserve it. 🙂
The best eggnog recipe ever! This homemade eggnog is spiked with bourbon and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The most wonderful holiday cocktail!
- 6 large eggs. Yolks separated from the whites.
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided divided
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 gallon whole milk
- 1-2 cups good quality bourbon
- 1 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 whole nutmeg, grated
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar until thickened.
In a larger bowl, mix the egg whites with 1/4 cup of sugar and beat on high until peaks form, about 5 minutes.
In another bowl, beat the whipping cream on high until peaks form, about 5 minutes.
Gently stir in the whipped cream with the yolk mixture. Fold in the egg white mixture.
Gently stir in the milk, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, and 2/3 of the freshly ground nutmeg.
Pour into a serving bowl or punch bowl and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. To serve, top each glass with a small pinch of the remaining ground nutmeg.
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Hope you have a wonderful holiday,
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