Oh Hey, How About an Eggnog?

If there’s one thing that really says Christmas for me it’s Eggnog. I first tasted Eggnog about six years ago. We were visiting a friend of ours who lives in Vail (alright for some eh?). And he invited us back to his mum and dad’s little house tucked up in the hills far away from the glitz and fur coats below. Their house was very Christmassy with a big log fire roaring and the first thing that our friend’s mum said to us once we were inside was, ‘Would you like an Eggnog?’ – I was sold! So now, in our house, Christmas just hasn’t arrived until there’s some Eggnog chilling in the fridge. Here’s my recipe.



  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • quarter of a teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • three quarters of a cup of brandy
  • one third of a cup of dark rum
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • 2 cups of milk
  1. Beat the eggs for 2-3 minutes (preferably with a mixer) until frothy
  2. Gradually beat in the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg
  3. Stir in (by hand) the cold brandy, rum, whipping cream and milk
  4. Chill overnight 
  5. Add some ice and give it a quick whizz to crush the ice.
  6. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve with festive tunes!

10 Comments on “Oh Hey, How About an Eggnog?

  1. I always make my own eggnog as well, you just reminded me! I cook it though, kind of like custard. I LOVE LOVE LOVE eggnog lattes in the morning.

  2. Sounds sooo goood, I may just have to make room in the fridge for some, if I can find a suitable shoe-horn (fridge-horn?!). What do you think about adding chocolate in some form … maybe some finely grated dark stuff? I know from many an inebriated experience that chocolate milk goes well with rum, yet I wouldn’t want to spoil the ‘traditional’ taste of eggnog. Experiments in the offing, methinks … Thanks for the recipe, and also for sharing your gardening life. A bit early, but nevertheless ‘Merry Christmas!’ to a Top Blog!

  3. I have never tried this before. The thought of egginess in a drink just felt wrong to me, but everyone seems to love it. Maybe I have to give it a chance?

  4. I’ve never tried eggnog but the recipe sounds lovely… I may well give this a try! Thanks

  5. mmm, not a good time to decide to give up dairy for three months! This drink sounds lovely, i’ve never tried it before either :)

  6. This has reminded me how long it is since I tasted eggnog. As its so easy to make I think I will have a go soon. Thanks for sharing

  7. A nice lady called Diane e-mailed me with this tip and I thought I would share it with you all:

    “I’m sure your recipe is fine, but my grandmother used to make eggnog often for a treat, or if we weren’t feeling well and didn’t want to eat. Every time I was around when she was making it, she’d say “beat the yolk and the whites separately; it won’t get slimy and it will be foamier”. Of course she didn’t put alcohol in hers, just vanilla plus some fresh nutmeg on top. She didn’t use a mixer either, she only had a rotary beater back in those days — I’m 66, so it was quite a while ago.”

    Thanks Diane

  8. Awww, this makes me miss being with you and Ryan for the holidays! Your eggnog was fantastic last year as I remember.

  9. Thanx for the recipe!

    Thick Nog isn’t our family style.
    At my sister’s house we add about 1/3 cup of 7-up or other sweet soda to lighten it up to taste, then fresh Nutmeg, before serving. That makes a festive frothy tall drink with much less thickness and fat (less likely to cause sinus problems)

    I probably would not add Alcohol until just before serving either, siince not all Guests will want alcohol. Ok, it could happen!

    For some of you thinking of cutting back on Milk…
    Also I read a study that says drinking milk is proven as a protective to women who smoke – so this is a good way to get that nutrition. (NO guarantees however – smoking generally does kill eventually…no one should minimize the profound risk)