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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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2016
THE BEST EVER. I did use rum as I love rum Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2020
okay I have neve been lead astray by chef john before so I'm assuming this one was my fault, but it just tasted so eggy. I really didnt get much flavor other than egg and nutmeg. It might not have been chilled enough, but still seems like there was probably another issue. please help. Read More
43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2016
THE BEST EVER. I did use rum as I love rum Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2018
Turned out great! First time making it instructions were easy to follow flavor is spot on. Thank you for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2017
So much more flavorful than store bought eggnog. We found that it must be consumed right away though so that it does not separate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2017
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 the mixture and a dash on each cup of cheer. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2017
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 cooked and uncooked. Both are great. Uncooked is made the same except no stove time. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2018
Just made this and it smells VERY egg'y. Definitely more like freshly fried eggwhites than I would have imagined. I cooked the mix slowly over medium heat constantly swirling slowly with a spatula until the temp hit precisely 172 F. Pulled off added nutmeg and booze and chilled sitting in a bowl of ice water until cool. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/25/2018
I found this nog to be too thick and did not care for the added egg whites. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2020
Delicious, but I would double the nutmeg the recipe calls for. You can barely taste the nutmeg. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2019
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2020
okay I have neve been lead astray by chef john before so I'm assuming this one was my fault, but it just tasted so eggy. I really didnt get much flavor other than egg and nutmeg. It might not have been chilled enough, but still seems like there was probably another issue. please help. Read More
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