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Chef John's Homemade Eggnog

Rated as 4.69 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 ...

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

This is great. Make sure you wait until it is properly chilled before sampling. It is amazing the taste difference once chilled. One real plus for me is that it makes just the right amount.

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

I found this nog to be too thick and did not care for the added egg whites.

It was amazing very difficult to make but I made it anyways it’s very thick and creamy and very delicious and I recommend this recipe it’s delicious

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 spa...