This recipe for Classic Eggnog is the ultimate rich, sweet holiday sipper. If you've only ever had eggnog from a carton, this homemade version takes things to a whole new level. Spiced with nutmeg — the warm spice that gives eggnog its distinctive flavor — enjoy a small cup with a splash of rum or bourbon. But this beverage isn't just for drinking (or just for the holidays). There are many more ways to enjoy this diverse drinkable custard — it's a great base for ice cream, stirred into coffee, added to a milkshake, or turned into Eggnog Bread Pudding, a dessert like no other.
Eggnog can be prepared and refrigerated up to 1 week ahead.
Prepare an ice water bath with a bowl inside it.
Whisk together egg yolks and sugar.
Heat cream, milk, nutmeg, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low until it steams.
Temper egg mixture by slowly ladling in cream mixture, whisking constantly until all is added. Pour custard back into saucepan; cook until a thermometer registers 160°. Transfer custard to bowl set in ice water and stir occasionally until cold; cover and refrigerate.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 47%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 256mg 85%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Carbs 19g 6%
Fiber 0g 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.