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Chef John's Homemade Eggnog

Rated as 4.76 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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1 h 45 m servings 463
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  • This recipe contains raw egg whites. 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, Making Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 463 calories; 30.7 28.2 11.5 299 135 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

THE BEST EVER. I did use rum as I love rum

Most helpful critical review

It was like flavored milk. Lacked consistency. Added commercial eggnog and was much better. Of course more booze.

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THE BEST EVER. I did use rum as I love rum

Turned out great! First time making it, instructions were easy to follow, flavor is spot on. Thank you for sharing!

Exceptional egg nog! I made it the day before as recommended by another reviewer. I added rum as I like that flavor. The recipe did not list the nutmeg but it is in the video. 3/4 teaspoon in ...

DELISH!!!! I made it for 12 servings. I used 100 proof Southern Comfort. It is best made a day or two in advance. allows all the flavors to come together. it was exceptional. I made both cooke...

So much more flavorful than store bought eggnog. We found that it must be consumed right away though so that it does not separate.

Delicious, but I would double the nutmeg the recipe calls for. You can barely taste the nutmeg.

I found my new eggnog recipe. I did add more liquor than the recipe called for, but the nutmeg hid the whiskey taste well. I have made this recipe a few more times and Left out the beaten egg w...

I forgot to add that we left out the alcohol since we're not used to that in our eggnog anyway, and used about 1/2 tsp. rum flavoring which was perfect.

very good and very easy to make. The kids love it and tastes sooo good. I made a batch with bourbon and with out. It was good either way.