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Serve Up Some Good Cheer with Homemade Eggnog

Serve Up Some Good Cheer with Homemade Eggnog

By JulieVR

If you’ve never had real, homemade eggnog -only the kind from the carton- you’re missing out. Eggnog made from scratch is to the pre made stuff what homemade cookies are to the bagged kind – it’s just so much better simply by virtue of being homemade. This is the Real Thing – eggs, brandy, milk and cream. It’s rich, and makes a large batch – perfect for a holiday party.

If you’re worried about raw eggs, some people simmer the egg and cream in a double boiler, whisking until the mixture is hot enough to kill any bacteria.

Homemade Eggnog

adapted from Epicurious


  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brandy
  • 1 cup light rum
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream (plus extra, if you like, whipped)
  • Nutmeg, cinnamon and/or star anise


  1. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together until thick. Slowly stir in the brandy, rum, milk and cream. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled and pour into a punch bowl. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold gently into the remaining ingredients. If you like, add a grating of nutmeg, cinnamon and/or star anise.
  2. If you like, top with a dollop of whipped cream. Grate some fresh nutmeg on top and serve in small punch glasses.