How to Make Eggnog from Scratch

Making Eggnog from Scratch

If there’s a better holiday treat than eggnog, we haven’t found it. And this time of year, we like to stock up. Cartons, gallons, vats—we’ll take whatever we can get our hands on. It’s all delicious, but we must admit, there’s something extra special about a batch of homemade eggnog.  Everyone has their own twist, but if you want the best eggnog in the world, you have to try this recipe from Chow.  

What you’ll need...  

Ingredients for the eggnog:

  • 12 large egg yolks (reserve the whites)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 liter bourbon (= 1 quart or 4 cups)
  • 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Cognac or brandy
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • Dash of fine salt  

To serve:

  • 12 reserved egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
  • Ice (optional)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg  


For the eggnog:

  • Place the reserved egg whites in a clean, airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.
  • Combine the yolks and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until well blended and creamy.
  • Add the the remaining ingredients and stir. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon glass jar and seal tightly. Put mixture in the fridge for at least 1 week (up to 3 weeks).

To serve:

  • The night before serving, thaw the frozen egg whites in the refrigerator. 
  • When ready to serve, let the egg whites reach room temperature. Place the egg whites in the very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large punch bowl.
  • Put the cream in the mixer bowl (no need to wash the bowl) and whisk on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add to the punch bowl.
  • Stir the eggnog base to re-combine, then add it to the punch bowl. Gently whisk the eggnog together until just combined and no large pockets of whites or cream remain (do not overwhisk or the eggnog will deflate). Serve over ice, if desired, and garnish with grated nutmeg.  

What we love most about eggnog is that it’s not just for drinking. You can make eggnog French toast, or eggnog cheesecake, or even eggnog pumpkin pie! Tell us that doesn’t sound delicious. Good thing you now know how to make eggnog from scratch. Cheers!