Tonja was born in the 1940's and this is her cousin Toni's boyfriend's grandmother's eggnog, so I'm guessing this is from the mid-1800's and probably dates much earlier. The original recipe called for half milk and half cream, but I use half and half. Delicious and simple, but be warned, Granny apparently liked a kick! I've made it from scratch and with the modern equivalents and it's fantastic either way. Do yourself a favor and use a mixer for everything. Those who like eggnog LOVE this recipe. I never leave a party with leftovers.

Don
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Gradually stir in the bourbon, rum, half and half and nutmeg.

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  • In a separate chilled bowl, whip the cream until it can stand in a peak. Fold the whipped cream into the egg mixture. Pour into a plastic container and refrigerate overnight (if possible). Shake the container before serving.

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

527.1 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 22g 7% DV; fat 26.8g 41% DV; cholesterol 155mg 52% DV; sodium 87.6mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2009
It is safer to heat 1/2 quart of the milk slowly add the beaten eggs to that and cook at med-low heat for 2-3 minutes. Strain this into the remaining 1 1/2 qta. of milk. Raw eggs can be a problem. Alternately make sure the raw eggs being used are pasteurized. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2012
This recipe just okay and not nearly as good as others that use only egg yolks. Try Betty's Famous or the Early American instead. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2009
It is safer to heat 1/2 quart of the milk slowly add the beaten eggs to that and cook at med-low heat for 2-3 minutes. Strain this into the remaining 1 1/2 qta. of milk. Raw eggs can be a problem. Alternately make sure the raw eggs being used are pasteurized. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2008
This sounds just like the recipe my aunt Shirley would make but not give us the recipe! Thanks! Her's was the best! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
This eggnog recipe is just awesome! I made one alcoholic batch and one virgin batch and there was not a drop left at the end of our evening! I only used rum (two and a half cups) and no bourbon but it tasted fantastic. Everyone that had some said how light and easy to drink it was - not like store-bought eggnog that is very thick heavy and sugary. This really is a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2010
Simple and yummy! I added Vanilla extract - about 1 teaspoon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2010
With a few minor changes - this is my grandmothers recipe (passed in 1990).. which she got from her grandmother.. so yeah its back when food was real - so to speak. Our family has had this every year that I remember.. raw eggs were never an issue(I think it s the alcohol in it). If there is a worry- wash the shells gently before you open the egg. BTW - we add cinnamon and use Amaretto (instead of bourbon or rum). This is a GREAT recipe - make sure to mix well before serving! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2011
This has been a true favorite of ours. I started making this recipe in the latter part of 2009. We made this recipe at least five times throughout the Holidays last year. And we have never purchased store-bought eggnog again. Here is the Modification that we use: We use 8 eggs 1 cup of Splenda and 1/2 cup of sugar or just 1-1/2 cup of sugar 1 quart of 2 % milk 1 pint of whipping cream into a large mixing bowl combining all of the ingredients. Pour the Half and Half into the 6-8 quart stock pot and bring to a slow simmer. Meanwhile take 1 cup of hot Half and Half out of the stock pot and while using the mixer on the high setting gradually combine the hot Half and Half into the mixing bowl with the egg mixture. This process will temper the eggs before you add them back into the stock pot. After combining all of the mixing bowl contents into the stock pot stir constantly on low for 40 to 45 minutes or until the mixture reaches 168-170 degrees on a candy thermometer. While the mixture cooks it will become thicker and will continue to temper and heat the eggs to safety. Add 2 teaspoons of pure Vanilla extract and nutmeg. Pour the mixture into a heat resistant pitcher and Chill overnight. Once chilled stir in the Rum or a favorite liqueur. A very delicious treat for anytime of the year. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2013
This is really close to the one my mamaw made. But we separate the eggs and use wild turkey 101. It will cook the yolks hence the pale yellow color. Then we beat the egg whites and the cream then fold everything together. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2012
This recipe just okay and not nearly as good as others that use only egg yolks. Try Betty's Famous or the Early American instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2015
Easy & delicious - making this eggnog for at least 5 yrs. Read More