The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without a glass of this easy homemade eggnog! Grab our recipe for the best homemade eggnog and impress your friends and family this year!
As I walk through the grocery stores during the holiday season, I am always struck by how much eggnog I see on the shelves. Carton after carton of this thick, creamy drink people associate with the holidays.
I start seeing it before Halloween! But when I look at the ingredients, I feel like all I see is preservatives.
Store-bought versions taste ok, but I highly prefer to make the best homemade eggnog!
What is Eggnog?
It's a mixture of beaten egg yolks, cream, and spices and is served chilled. While it tastes delicious without alcohol, it can include whiskey, rum, or cognac to make it boozy.
This holiday favorite is rich, creamy, and, well, egg-y. And it's definitely one of those drinks that people either love or hate. Rarely do you find someone who is ambivalent about it.
We have some very dedicated eggnog drinkers in my family!
How To Make Eggnog From Scratch
Store-bought versions are super thick and only mildly spiced.
The store-bought versions also contain a lot of additives and preservatives to create that thick texture and ensure a long shelf life. Bleh!
In other words, the store-bought versions are just OK.
I always feel that simple is better. Making things from scratch is always healthier, cheaper, and tastes way better because its fresher, and you can flavor it exactly how you prefer.
So, when I find products I can make myself that don't take a lot of time and produce a healthier product, then I'm all in!
Admittedly, I always thought with its depth of flavor, that eggnog had to be complicated to make, so I never tried. Oh how wrong I was!
Searching online for recipes will give you tons of recipes. Remember…for me to make it, it has to be easy and delicious!
From Scratch Eggnog Ingredients
Classic eggnog is made with raw. Eggs. And alcohol. Not exactly family-friendly, right?
Alcohol acts as a preservative and a sterilizer so that it kills any salmonella (you know, just in case you love the classic version and just freaked out to learn it contains raw eggs).
I personally can't stomach the thought of drinking raw eggs. Plus, we are non-alcohol drinkers at my house. And I certainly don't want to give a raw egg-filled, boozy drink to my kids.
If you love the rich, creamy taste of classic eggnog, but don’t like the idea of using raw eggs, this recipe is for you!
Is there nutmeg in eggnog? Yep (it's sooooo good)! It's just one of the warm, comforting spices that give such an amazing flavor to this recipe.
Tips For Making The Best Homemade Eggnog
In this eggnog recipe, you will slowly heat the eggs to avoid scrambling or curdling them.
If you would like to add alcohol, choose a drink with a high alcohol concentration to help counterbalance the sweetness of the eggnog. For an adults-only version of eggnog, add some brandy, rum, bourbon or whiskey to taste.
This recipe yields a drink that is thick, sweet, creamy and smooth, with the perfect flavor! As is, it doesn’t contain alcohol, but you can always add some in. (but with how decadent this version is, you don't need it!)
This is the best homemade eggnog, and it's wonderfully delicious and easy to make! Impress your family and holiday guests by making your own this year!
Please tell us in the comments below: What is something else that you buy because it seems too difficult to make yourself?
Skip the store-bought versions of eggnog and enjoy a batch of this easy homemade eggnog recipe this holiday season!
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