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June 14, 2022 4 min read

 

You don't have to wait until the end of the year to enjoy a nice glass of eggnog. Eggnog, also known as egg-milk punch, is a thick, creamy beverage created using egg, milk, and liquor as the primary ingredients. The recipe below is made without the use of alcohol. Are you curious about the twist? Continue reading!

 

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Eggnog Recipe

 

1) It’s Simple To Make

 A glass of eggnog with cream and colored sprinkles ontop

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It's quite simple to create homemade eggnog. Even if you're not a natural cook, you'll find this recipe simple to prepare. Yes, it takes a little longer to make than store-bought eggnog, but the effort is well worth it.

 

2) You Can Add Fun Toppings

 Three glasses of eggnog with cinnamon and star anise on the tray

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On its own, this eggnog is delectable, rich, and creamy. It has enough flavor to sate your most rabid appetites. It has fun toppings like whipped cream, cinnamon, and extra nutmeg.

 

3) It Is Appropriate for the Entire Family

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This eggnog is made without alcohol and maybe safely boiled on the stove. It's the ideal drink for the whole family to enjoy, kids and adults alike.

 

What Is Eggnog?

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Eggnog has been popular as a seasonal beverage since the 13th-century British medieval period. The drink can be served hot or cold, with cold eggnog recipes frequently including raw eggs that have been sterilized and preserved with rum, brandy, or whiskey. Eggnog is a very famous 'Christmas Cocktail.'

 

Eggnog Recipe

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Store-bought eggnog is excellent, but handmade is even better! This non-alcoholic eggnog is delicious and free of the risk of eating raw eggs. Yes, this means the eggnog will take longer to make, but each sip will be well worth the wait. The eggs are gently cooked in this recipe so that you don't lose out on their richness, but they are used to produce a custard-like base for the eggnog, together with milk, sugar, vanilla, and warm spices. The base is then strained and refrigerated, and all that's left to do before serving is to add the cream to provide another layer of richness.

Each sip brings out the spices well, the sweetness is just right, and the eggnog is milky, creamy, scrumptious, and tastes just like the holidays. The dish serves sixteen people, so you should have plenty to share with family and friends.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • ½ vanilla bean, scraped/¼ of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup heavy cream, chilled
  • Cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and or ground nutmeg, whipped cream for garnish

 

Directions:

 

1) In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it is warm, not hot. Boiling is not recommended.

2) Set aside the milk.

3) In a medium saucepan, combine the egg mixture with vanilla, sugar, and salt. Whisk.

4) Continue whisking while carefully pouring in the warm milk.

5) Place an instant-read thermometer in the pot and turn the burner to low.

6) Continue whisking until the milk mixture reaches 160 degrees F on a thermometer or coats the back of a spoon. It should take roughly 45 minutes to complete this task.

7) Using a fine sieve, strain the mixture.

8) Before adding the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, transfer to a pitcher. Whisk and then cover.

9) Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

10) Before serving, whisk the cold heavy cream until soft peaks form.

11) Toss into the eggnog base until everything is well mixed.

12) Pour into chilled glasses.

13) Serve with a cinnamon stick, cinnamon dusting, and/or freshly grated nutmeg on top. You can also use whipped cream. The kids will love it!

 

NOTES

 

1) For an uncooked version, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cloves, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. Substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon for the cinnamon sticks in the egg yolks. Slowly add in the milk, cream, and vanilla extract, whisking constantly.

2) When heating the eggnog, avoid boiling it since it may curdle. If the mixture begins to separate after cooling, use a beater or whisker to thoroughly combine it.

 

What Are the Best Eggs To Use in Eggnog?

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Brown or country eggs are preferable for making eggnog. Traditional eggs can also be used.

 

How Long Will This Homemade Eggnog Last?

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This will be determined by the expiration dates of the milk and cream used in the recipe. Use fresh milk or cream, as your eggnog will soon expire if you use milk or cream that is nearing its expiration date. The best rule of thumb is to go by the expiration dates on your milk and cream and choose the one that expires first. Typically, this homemade version should last for around 3 days.

 

Can I Add Alcohol to My Recipe?

 A selection of dark rum, cognac, and bourbon that you can add to your eggnog if you wish

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Yes, you can make a spiked adult beverage out of this eggnog. It is a matter of personal preference as to what type of alcohol to use and how much to use. Traditional choices include dark rum, cognac, and bourbon.

 

Summary

 

The best thing about this eggnog is that you can make it ahead of time, even the day before. This implies there's no need to prepare anything when it's time to serve. It can simply be put into a glass and garnished with anything you choose.

We hope you enjoyed this classic holiday drink as much as we do!


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