This family tradition involved even the kids at New Year's Eve. They got to help make it even if they didn't get to drink it. The beauty of this recipe is that every ingredient is one measure, which makes it easy to remember. Everybody from the great-grandparents to fraternity brothers have loved this one. I prefer Bourbon, but any whiskey, rum, brandy could be substituted. (If you use vodka, please don't tell me!) The old folks claimed the original recipe called for a Quart of Whiskey, but a pint is perfect.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, blend the milk, cream, egg yolks, vanilla and whiskey using a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar while continuing to whip until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture, and pour into a punch bowl or large pitcher. Serve in mugs or cups garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

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Editor's Notes:

This recipe contains raw eggs. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly and the infirm do not consume raw eggs. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

You may pasteurize your yolks and whites by heating them in separate bowls over a pan of simmering water. Stir constantly until the egg yolks or whites reach a temperature of 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Adding a little sugar to each one can help prevent them from 'scrambling' as quickly. Proceed as directed with the recipe. Warm egg whites actually whip more quickly.

Nutrition Facts

493 calories; protein 11.7g; carbohydrates 27.1g; fat 24.9g; cholesterol 318.8mg; sodium 134.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2010
This was fast even with my adjustments it only took 10 minutes! I have young kids so I changed the directions just a little....I cooked the milk, eggs, and vanilla until boiling and then removed from heat immediately and added the cream. Next, I whipped up the egg whites and folded in the sugar and nutmeg. I added the milk mixture to the egg whites and slowly stirred. I omitted the whiskey and we loved it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/05/2011
I halved the recipe & it still made a lot just for our family. (I wasn't making it for a party or anything.) I left out the liquor as some other reviewers had done w/ no problem? My family said it was too thick & not sweet enough. I added more milk to try to thin it out & more sugar try to sweeten it up. My husband's drinking it but I won't try this recipe again. Read More
(8)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2010
This was fast even with my adjustments it only took 10 minutes! I have young kids so I changed the directions just a little....I cooked the milk, eggs, and vanilla until boiling and then removed from heat immediately and added the cream. Next, I whipped up the egg whites and folded in the sugar and nutmeg. I added the milk mixture to the egg whites and slowly stirred. I omitted the whiskey and we loved it! Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2006
easy to make and easy to drink! your family and friends will love it! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2010
It tasted awesome! We all loved it! =) We left out the whiskey though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/04/2011
I halved the recipe & it still made a lot just for our family. (I wasn't making it for a party or anything.) I left out the liquor as some other reviewers had done w/ no problem? My family said it was too thick & not sweet enough. I added more milk to try to thin it out & more sugar try to sweeten it up. My husband's drinking it but I won't try this recipe again. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
12/19/2011
I didn't add whiskey used Meyers Dark Rum instead. Flavor is not bad just not hardley there. It just tastes like melted vanilla pudding. There are other better recipes for eggnog here on this site. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2011
Really just tasted like whiskey and milk. Not terrible but no real Eggnog flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2013
I found this recipe to be pretty fabulous:) We did have to let it set overnight to really get those flavors flowing. I also garnished with cloves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2014
I get nervous about drinking raw eggs. When I use this recipe without the full amount of whiskey (ie. for my kids) I heat the the milk first to 160-degrees then add the other ingredients after mixing with a mixer. I continue to gently heat back to 160 stirring constantly and then chill everything quickly. If you cook too hot or too long your eggnog will have lumps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2012
I love it! Add some cinnamon and a pinch of cardamom and ginger. Read More
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