How To Make Fresh Eggnog

This homemade eggnog recipe is smooth, rich, and creamy because it is made from whole milk, cream, eggs, nutmeg, and rum. Serve for an evening Christmas Party, New Year’s party, or holiday house hopping.

Not everyone is a fan of this rich, frothy drink, but for those who are, this has everything you are looking for. One of the main gripes I hear about commercial eggnog is that it is syrupy sweet and too thick. I would tend to agree with that statement as well. This recipe on the other hand is fresh tasting, creamy, and smooth.

I guess that is why I consider this a vintage recipe, as these days there are few recipes containing raw eggs. Because of this it is important to drink the eggnog within 1-2 days.

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Although made with real rum, this can also be made into a non-alcoholic version with the substitution of rum flavoring or extract.

In my opinion, this is the best homemade eggnog you will ever make! Try it yourself and see.

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***Just a note though, it will only be good for a few days, so make this no earlier than the night before you want to serve it for best taste. Just stir with a whisk to incorporate the nutmeg that settles to the bottom.

Also, any eggnog is quite filling and contains a decent amount of calories (as do most things that taste good). So, when figuring how much to make, think small servings like about 6 ounces. If you will be serving food, keep the fare lighter as people will get filled up by this drink.


“As a child my grandmother used to make eggnog. I have been unable to locate a recipe because of the raw eggs, people frown upon that now days. So glad to find this, I plan on giving it a try.” – Linda E. Via FB

“Actually what causes bacteria to make people sick is on the outside of the egg shell. When an egg is cracked and the egg goes past the shell it picks up the bacteria and contaminates the egg. All you have to do is wash the egg with antibacterial dish washing liquid, rinse it well, then dry it off and then crack the egg and use it. I have made eggnog for years this way and no one has ever gotten sick and I make it several times a year. It is so much better than cooked eggnog and the nasty bought stuff. I hope this helps you out! 🙂 And by the way, if you do not tell anyone it is made with raw eggs they will never know. :)” – Catina S. via FB

“It sounds amazing! I am going to make this for a brunch I have this weekend!” – Marissa P. via FB

Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Homemade Eggnog Recipe

This homemade eggnog is made from whole milk, cream, eggs, and rum. Serve this smooth, rich, and creamy drink for a Christmas party.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eggs
Servings: 12
Author: Laura Warnke


  • 8 eggs separated
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups light rum OR 2 Tablespoons rum flavoring
  • 2 Tablespoons finely ground nutmeg the finer ground, the better
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 cups milk

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • large mixing bowls
  • Hand Mixer
  • Gallon Pitcher


  • Beat the whites of 8 eggs until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  • Beat the yolks of 8 eggs until thick and lemon colored.
  • Gradually beat in sugar with the egg yolks.
  • Add the light rum or rum flavoring and ground nutmeg. Beat until mixed.
  • With a whisk or spoon, stir in 2 cups of heavy cream and all of the milk.
  • Add the egg white mixture to the rum mixture; fold together until blended.
  • Chill the eggnog until ready to serve. Stir with a whisk before serving.

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2 thoughts on “How To Make Fresh Eggnog”

  1. My late husband used to make this and it was delicious. I never liked eggs, especially raw eggs, but he convinced me that the rum cooks the eggs!! You don’t mention this, but it may be a good idea! Merry Christmas. Millie

    • Hi Millie,

      Thank you for sharing! I don’t generally eat raw eggs, but this is the exception. Hmm…I like it. The rum cooks the eggs. 🙂


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