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Traditional eggnog recipes for Christmas

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By Leah Gillis 

It is holiday time and many would agree that the unofficial drink of the holiday season is eggnog. And, while it is a simple, classic holiday drink it can come in a variety of ways so try some of these variations to find your favorite version to serve this holiday season.

And while the ‘nog’ in eggnog may come from an old word meaning a wooden mug used to serve alcohol, you don’t have to serve eggnog with alcohol. In fact, it may work well for your Christmas gatherings to make the eggnog with no alcohol. Have fun while you explore the different versions below but remember that some recipes use uncooked eggs, so if you are concerned about that make sure you pick a recipe that cooks the eggs.

Eggnog One


4 cups of milk, 5 whole cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 12 egg yolks, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 1/2 cups light rum, 4 cups light cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg.


Combine in a saucepan the milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and cinnamon, and heat on the lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil.

In a bowl combine the egg yolks and sugar, whisking until fluffy. Whisk the hot milk mixture into the eggs and then pour into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves and let cool about an hour. Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Eggnog Two


12 separated eggs, 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar, 1 quart whole milk, 1 1/2 quarts heavy cream, 3 cups bourbon, 1/2 cup dark rum, 2 cups cognac, freshly grated nutmeg.


In a large bowl beat the egg yolks until thick and pale yellow. Gradually add sugar to yolks, and with a wire whisk beat in milk and 1 quart cream. Add the bourbon, rum and cognac, stirring constantly. Just before serving, beat egg whites until stiff and then fold into the mixture. Whip the remaining 1/2 quart heavy cream until stiff and then fold in, sprinkling with nutmeg.

Peppermint Eggnog


1 quart peppermint ice cream, 1 quart eggnog, 4 (12 fluid oz.) cans or bottles chilled ginger ale, 1 cup rum, 24 small candy canes for garnish.


Set aside 2 or 3 round scoops of ice cream in freezer for garnish. Stir remaining ice cream until its softened and gradually stir in eggnog and rum. Transfer to a punch bowl and stir in ginger ale. Hang candy canes around the edge of the punchbowl for decoration and place the reserved ice cream scoops on top and serve immediately.

Eggnog With a Touch of Coffee


2 quarts eggnog, 3 cups cold coffee, 2 cups bourbon whiskey (optional), 2 cups chilled heavy cream, 2 pints coffee ice cream, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg for garnish.


Whisk together the eggnog, coffee and whiskey in a punch bowl until blended. In a large mixing bowl whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Lightly fold the whipped cream into the eggnog mixture. Float scoops of coffee ice cream in the eggnog. Sprinkle with nutmeg to serve.

Eggnog Three


3 lightly beaten eggs, 1/3 cup white sugar, salt to taste, 2 1/2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup rum (optional), 2 drops yellow food coloring, 1 pinch ground nutmeg.


In a heavy saucepan combine the eggs, white sugar and salt, and then gradually stir in the milk. Stirring constantly, cook for 10 to 15 minutes over medium heat until the mixture coats a metal spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Place the custard over ice water until it cools and then refrigerate until chilled. In a chilled bowl, combine the heavy cream, confectioner’s sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and beat until stiff peaks form. Stir in rum and yellow food coloring and fold whipped cream mixture into the cooled custard. Pour into serving bowl and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Eggnog is the traditional drink of the holidays, so this Christmas season make one you and your guests will enjoy. You can choose from several traditional recipes or choose one that has a touch of a little coffee or peppermint to mix it up.

And remember, these eggnog recipes can be used with or without alcohol so you can play around to find the recipes you like best. Make this holiday season festive with this drink you can enjoy with friends and family.


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