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December 18, 2023


Snowy white, with a dusting of fresh nutmeg and just the right splash of booze, our homemade eggnog recipe is here to give your holidays a seriously delicious glow-up.


homemade eggnog in a glass with a dusting of nutmeg on top

A Classic Eggnog Recipe to Enjoy All Season Long

Rich with cream, milk and frothed-up eggs, our traditional eggnog recipe is spiked and spiced and ready to be the shining star of your next holiday shindig! It’s the perfect thing to sip on Christmas Eve after the kids are in bed, or to serve at a tree trimming party. Making homemade eggnog is a pretty exciting thing in its own right, too, so maybe the sheer fact that you made eggnog is reason enough for a party! Plus, the drink needs time to chill so it’s the ideal holiday party make-ahead.

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What is Eggnog?

Eggnog is a very very old drink, at least in concept. There is evidence of British monks enjoying a celebratory drink made from eggs, milk and sherry as early as the 13th century, and it likely originated even earlier than that. In the U.K. eggnog is sometimes called “egg flip”, and while it was perhaps originally made with sherry, these days most eggnog recipes—ours included—call for liquor with a much higher ABV. Rum was an early favorite (and our favorite, too), and brandy is always a classic choice. Many people even like to spike their eggnog with a few different types of booze! But more on that later. In short, eggnog is a very creamy, rich, storied cocktail that definitely deserves a place in your holiday plans!

eggs and sugar in a glass bowl
eggs and sugar blended in a glass bowl
eggs, milk, cream, bourbon, rum and nutmeg blended in a glass bowl
eggs, milk, cream, bourbon, rum and nutmeg blended in a glass bowl

Let's Talk Booze! What Liquor Goes in Eggnog?

As we mentioned above, it’s likely that eggnog as we know it was first made (centuries ago!) in Britain and spiked with sherry. While sherry does indeed make for a delicious eggnog, it’s the holidays! We like our eggnog to pack a little more punch. Plus, with whole raw eggs in this drink, we like the added protection of a higher ABV! While there are recipes out there for non-alcoholic eggnog, classic eggnog is spiked within an inch of its life, and ours follows suit. Well, not exactly, but warn your guests that—despite the fact that it tastes delightfully like melted ice cream—eggnog is quite alcoholic! So make sure people have DDs and sip responsibly (as always). As for what liquor to use to ensure that your eggnog is truly the best eggnog anyone has ever tasted, we are very partial to the combination of aged rum and bourbon. Let’s talk options:

  • Rum! Aged rum is what we’re calling for here, because we love it’s warmth, sweetness and depth of flavor. We often reach for Rhum Barbancourt 4-year, which is usually in the $20 range, but the Flor de Caña 4-year is a great pick, too and will be in roughly the same price range. That said, the best rum for eggnog is...any rum that you love to drink! Beware the overproof rums, though—save those 151 rums for tiki drinks, OK?

  • Bourbon! Whiskey is always welcome in the wintertime and bourbon, with its boozy sweetness, is a terrific liquor to use when making eggnog. We always love Maker’s Mark, but use any bourbon that you adore.

And an honorable mention goes to: other booze! If you want to mix things up, there’s no harm in it! Brown liquors are the way to go with eggnog, but you can play around with what you’ve got or what you like. If you want to swap out the bourbon and try a different whiskey, go for it! Irish whiskeys like Jameson might be delightful here. Skip the peaty Scotches, though—when it comes to eggnog made with whiskey, stick to bourbon or super familiar Irish whiskeys, like Jameson or Bushmill’s. You could also play around with pouring some brandy into the mix if you’re really feeling adventurous. If you’re looking for a good vodka tipple, please visit our White Russian recipe.

eggs, milk, cream, bourbon, rum and nutmeg blended in a glass bowl

How To Make Eggnog

Homemade eggnog is so easy to pull off, and it’s a sure-fire way to summon holiday cheer! Our recipe is probably the easiest eggnog recipe there is, and it’s the very best! Grab your trusty immersion blender (or regular old countertop blender) and get ready to blend! Here’s how to make homemade eggnog:

  • Blend the eggs.

  • Blend in the sugar.

  • Blend in the heavy cream.

  • Blend in the milk, bourbon, rum and nutmeg.

  • Pour the eggnog into a container. Pour it into a container you can seal (even if it's just a pitcher with foil on top) or the eggnog may take on the flavor of other things in your fridge (we're looking at you, onions!).

  • Chill! At least an hour, or overnight.

  • Fold in the froth that has risen to the top and serve!

homemade eggnog in glasses with a dusting of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick

Yes, You Can Make Eggnog Ahead of Time!

In fact, some people like to intentionally age their eggnog for months, or even years! We’re too impatient for that, but eggnog easily keeps in the fridge for a week, which means you can make a big batch and be ready to serve up a little festivity whenever a friend, carol-singer or family might happen to drop by.

homemade eggnog in glasses with a dusting of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick

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homemade eggnog in glasses with a dusting of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick
homemade eggnog in glasses with a dusting of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick

Enjoy Your Christmas Vacation

Does eggnog remind anyone else of the movie “Christmas Vacation”? For better or worse, that’s one of our most ingrained associations. When you make our eggnog recipe, we want to hear about what you thought, who you shared it with and maybe even what holiday movie you watched while you sipped! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

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  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 534


  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cup (85 grams) sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup (8 oz) bourbon (We used Maker's Mark, but any bourbon works)
  • 1/2 cup aged rum (we used Rhum Barbancourt 4 yr. but any aged rum works)
  • ¼ tsp fresh nutmeg, plus more for garnish


  1. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Pour in the sugar and use an immersion blender to blend the eggs and sugar for about 1 min, until well combined and sugar is mostly dissolved. You may need to hold the bowl at an angle for this step for best results, depending on the depth of your mixing bowl. Alternatively, you can do this whole process in a blender (see note) instead of a mixing bowl and immersion blender.
  2. With the immersion blender (or blender) running, slowly pour in the heavy cream and blend for 2-3 minutes, until a frothy layer has formed.
    Pour in the milk, bourbon, aged rum and nutmeg. Blend again for about a minute or two until the eggnog is frothy and well mixed.
  3. Pour the eggnog into a large, sealable container and store it in the fridge until it gets chilled through—overnight is best, but give it at least an hour.
  4. The eggnog will separate as it chills so before serving, use a rubber spatula to fold in the frothy top until it’s well mixed. Serve topped with a generous dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

Note: Eggnog will keep well in the fridge for up to one week.

Note: if you choose to make this in a blender and you have a high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix) cut the blending times down by half, as high-powered blenders can sometimes introduce heat as they blend and we don't want that here. We like the immersion blender because it's easy to clean and isn't overly powerful.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories534
  • Protein9 g
  • Carbohydrates26 g
  • Total Fat30 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol266 mg
  • sodium91 mg
  • Total Sugars26 g


Questions & Reviews

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  • Micah

    Rhum Barbancourt seems like an odd choice for eggnog. Being a sugarcane rum, it has a lot of grassy, vegetal notes. I would probably reach for either an aged Puerto Rican (Don Q Gold, Bacardi 8) or a mellow Jamaican (Appleton Signature). Those will have more of the warm butterscotch and caramel notes that I like in eggnog.

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Jenn

    This eggnog was incredible!! Thank you!

    Thanks Jenn! We are so glad you liked it!