Traditional Eggnog


This traditional eggnog recipe is made with brandy and dark rum. I found this recipe a few years back and have been making it around the holidays and giving it as gifts every year since. Family and friends who say they don't like eggnog like this stuff!

eggnog in fancy glasses
Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 6 eggs

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided

  • 2 cups whipping cream

  • 2 cups milk

  • ¾ cup brandy, chilled

  • cup spiced rum (such as Captain Morgan's®)


  1. Beat eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed until very frothy, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Gradually beat in sugar, vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Stir in cream, milk, brandy, and rum.

  3. Cover and chill before serving. Sprinkle individual servings with remaining nutmeg.


It's a good idea to put all the liquids (including the alcohol) in the fridge the day before to make sure everything is nice and cold.

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 (per serving)

212 Calories
12g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 84mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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