Supposedly a recipe from George Washington, I have used this recipe for five annual New Year's parties. You MUST make it about 10 days in advance to mellow the flavors. Then it is so smooth one of my guests unknowingly served her 2 year old! Use premium vanilla ice cream to keep it chilled in the punch bowl. I like to shape the ice cream in a star molds, and use them one-at-a-time to chill the eggnog throughout the evening.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
5 days
total:
5 days
Servings:
27
Yield:
27 servings
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Ingredients

27
Original recipe yields 27 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour the brandy, sherry, rum, and whiskey into a bowl.

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  • Place the egg yolks and egg whites into two separate, large mixing bowls. Set the egg whites aside. Beat the egg yolks until light and frothy. Gradually beat in the sugar until the egg mixture is light colored. Slowly beat in the liquor mixture. With the mixer still running, pour in the milk and heavy cream until thoroughly blended.

  • Using a clean beater, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the milk mixture. Pour into two clean, gallon-size plastic milk containers. Refrigerate at least 5 days, or 10 days for an even smoother taste. Shake the container occasionally to keep the alcohol from separating.

  • To serve, pour the eggnog into a punch bowl. Whisk to blend milk mixture, add the quart of vanilla ice cream, and garnish with nutmeg.

Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts

252 calories; protein 2.6g; carbohydrates 13.7g; fat 16g; cholesterol 59.8mg; sodium 70.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
I haven't tried this recipe either, but I didn't think it was fair for someone to leave a 1 star review when they didn't try it, just because the recipe calls for raw eggs. The fact is, the chance of getting salmonella from eating raw eggs is 1 in 30,000. And actually, in a healthy human body, salmonella can't do any harm. Most of us have some small amount of salmonella introduced into our systems all the time. In a healthy body the salmonella is controlled and killed by healthy intestinal flora in the gut. It's a shame people don't get their facts straight before posting a review of an untried recipe, leaving 1 star and ruining the overall rating. Happy Holidays (and try not to drink 30,000 eggs-worth of eggnog)!! :o) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/20/2010
We followed the recipe exactly but what came out of the fridge for our party smelled of rotten egg and was horrendously unpalatable. I'll not be trying this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
I haven't tried this recipe either, but I didn't think it was fair for someone to leave a 1 star review when they didn't try it, just because the recipe calls for raw eggs. The fact is, the chance of getting salmonella from eating raw eggs is 1 in 30,000. And actually, in a healthy human body, salmonella can't do any harm. Most of us have some small amount of salmonella introduced into our systems all the time. In a healthy body the salmonella is controlled and killed by healthy intestinal flora in the gut. It's a shame people don't get their facts straight before posting a review of an untried recipe, leaving 1 star and ruining the overall rating. Happy Holidays (and try not to drink 30,000 eggs-worth of eggnog)!! :o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2008
This is the best eggnog I have ever tasted. It really does need to age the full 10 days. I had made some and sent some with my husband to his New Years Eve party for work the eggnog was at 7 days it was good but at 10 days it was great!!! I already have set the date to make it next year for both Christmas and New Years. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
Save yourself some time and just make a double batch to begin with. Put 1/2 out for guests; hide the other 1/2 for yourself. When I offered this to my guests on Christmas Eve the whole batch disappeared before I even had dinner on the table. It's fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2009
Do not sample while making. My husband had to take the bowl away from me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2011
Very nice eggnog. Anyone who had a bad batch failed in sanitary pracictices in the kitchen. Those concerned with Salmonella would do well to watch the Science Friday test of Rockefeller University Eggnog test. They showed that if their batch were mellowed for over 3 weeks it was bacteria free even though they had added Salmonella to the egge at the start of the experiment longer aging could be the key to good health as well as good taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2011
Oh this is one great recipe!! I totally agree with another reviewer: Use spiced rum!!! It makes such a difference! I'm an egg nog junkie. I make this all year round. And thicker IS better. This is extremely refreshing when it's hot -- and do not be misery about the ice cream. The richer the better. Also I have a gelato machine -- and this egg nog is heavenly when it's frozen!! I urge any egg nog lover not to reserve this recipe just for Yule. Make it year-round and no one will criticize you. (I served this during a great Fourth of July BBQ party and this was the first beverage that disappeared. I was ordered that next year I'd better make a triple batch or else!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2010
This eggnog was an incredible hit at our christmas party. I made it with raw cream and raw milk and the result was irresistable... even lactose intolerant people said they had no problems with this eggnog. It tasted like Bailey's Irish Cream... only better! Much better! It is great as soon as you make it but it gets smoother the longer you allow it to sit. I made more right away for just my husband and I. Merry Merry Christmas! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2010
This recipe is awesome. I had to make an extra batch because my friends loved it so much. I now live in England where believe it or not they are not as accustomed to eggnog as Americans. They thought it was amazing!!! And guess what none of the more than 3 dozen people who enjoyed it with me got sick in any way whatsoever! We now live in a fear driven society and so some of us therefore miss out on so much great stuff!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
My first time ever making egg nogg. Made it for my very first holiday party and will continue to make it for years to come. Used Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum. I got so many great comments and the batch was perfect for about 40 adults. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/20/2010
We followed the recipe exactly but what came out of the fridge for our party smelled of rotten egg and was horrendously unpalatable. I'll not be trying this one again. Read More
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