Traditional Eggnog

Ingredients:Undercooked WarningAlcoholicVegetarian
12 Eggs, separated
4 cups Milk
4 cups Heavy Cream
1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 cups Bourbon
1 cup Brandy
2 Tbsp Nutmeg
1 Tbsp Cinnamon


  • In a large bowl beat together the Egg Yolks and Sugar until thick and buttery.
  • Slowly incorporate the Bourbon and Brandy into the Egg Yolk Mixture, continuing to mix. This constitutes the Eggnog base, and can be refrigerated until before your plan on serving it. (At least 1 hour is advised)
  • About 30 mins before you serve the Eggnog, remove the Base from the fridge.
  • Mix in the Milk, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg.
  • In a second bowl, whip the Heavy Cream until stiff peeks form; set to the side.
  • In a third bowl, whip the Egg Whites until stiff peeks form.
  • Carefully incorporate the Egg Whites into the Eggnog Base by folding the mixture in.
  • Repeat with the Heavy Cream into the Eggnog Base, again folding into the mixture.
  • Eggnog is ready to serve.

NOTES: Eggnog is originally from England, and was an upper-class drink in the holiday times, dairy and eggs not being readily accessible to lower-class people. There are several theories as to where the name “eggnog” came from. The one that makes the most sense to me is that there was a wooden cup used for alcoholic beverages that in Middle English was called a “noggin”. An Egg Noggin would be an alcoholic beverage with an obvious egg component. The second is that the name came from the Americas. The theory is that as the American colonies developed, there was regular access to dairy and eggs, however not for Brandy so people used Rum, which sometimes was called Grog…the idea being Egg’n’grog which was shortened to Eggnog. The second one seems more contrived to me and doesn’t answer what the drink was called before then.

It should also be noted that the eggs in this recipe have not been cooked, and although there is a large presence of alcohol, there is a small chance of bacteria like salmonella.

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Tom & Jerry


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