Rating: 4.5 stars
44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

Imagine a luxuriously textured bourbon-spiked custard being sipped through a thin layer of nutmeg-scented meringue. Based on Alton Brown's famous version, this eggnog is vastly superior to the store-bought product.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Custard Base:
Meringue:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place egg yolks in a saucepan. Whisk in sugar until well blended and creamy. Add milk and cream; whisk until blended. Place pan over medium heat; whisk frequently until mixture reaches a temperature of between 170 to 180 degrees F (75 to 80 degrees C) using an instant-read thermometer. Remove from heat. Stir in nutmeg and whiskey.

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  • Chill pan in cold water until cool. Transfer mixture to a container (a large pitcher is ideal). Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 2 to 3 hours.

  • Place egg whites in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Add sugar and continue whisking until egg whites hold a firmer peak. Whisk egg whites into custard base until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  • Whisk eggnog again just before serving and between each pour to ensure even distribution of the egg whites which tend to float to the top. Serve with a dusting of nutmeg.

Cook's Note:

Be sure to use the freshest ingredients you can find-eggs, milk, and cream--and freshly grate the 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

463 calories; protein 11.5g; carbohydrates 28.2g; fat 30.7g; cholesterol 298.6mg; sodium 135.1mg. Full Nutrition
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