Make a punch bowl of this super easy Eggnog recipe for Christmas parties and gatherings and get into the spirit the holidays with a glass of this classic dairy-based beverage!
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Easy Eggnog Recipe
Eggnog is one of those things that I always used to see being drunk in American Christmas movies, and always wondered what on earth it was! Then a few years back, we found cartons of it in our local supermarket and decided to give it a try.
It’s a chilled, creamy drink spiked with booze and I imagine it would be one of those beverages that you either love or hate! We love it!
Eggnog is actually really easy to make and you whip up a batch in advance and store it in the fridge for up to six days – great for the busy holiday season.
“Eggnog is a rich, chilled, sweetened, dairy-based beverage. It is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks (which gives it a frothy texture, and its name). In some contexts, distilled spirits such as brandy, rum, whisky or bourbon are added to the drink.“
If you’re interested in the history of eggnog, check out the Wiki, which is a fascinating read if you enjoy learning about food origins.
Ingredients used in this recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a brief outline so you know what to expect from the recipe.
I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting.
- Eggs – *see note below
- Whole Milk
- Vanilla Extract
- Rum – use your preferred brand
- Brandy – use your preferred brand
- Ground Nutmeg – for garnish
- Cinnamon Sticks – for garnish, optional
- Star Anise – for garnish, optional
*This recipe contains raw eggs so bear that in mind if this is a concern for you.
However, using the freshest eggs, practicing good food hygiene, and depending on your country’s food supply chain, means the risk of contracting salmonella is likely to be minimal.
The UK, Lion Mark eggs are virtually free of salmonella and have been declared as safe:
“The risk of salmonella is now so low you needn’t worry. And that’s true whether you’re a fit healthy adult, or whether you’re pregnant or elderly or young. It’s only people on strictly medically supervised diets who need to avoid those eggs.”
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Make It A Meal!
Eggnog is probably not the sort of thing you would want to drink with your whole meal – maybe for dessert with a cookie!
However, if you’re looking to create a festive dinner, here are some recipes you could try:
- Appetizer: Chestnut & Sage Soup
- Main Dish: Turkey Dinner with Apricot, Cranberry, Pecan Pork Stuffing
- Side Dish: Parsnip & Potato Gratin
- Side Dish: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shallots
- Dessert: Iced Cherry Almond Cookies
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy! Please feel free to check them out too.
More Festive Drinks
Need some more Christmas beverages for your gathering? Take a look at these recipes next:
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- 12 large eggs
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ tsp salt
- 12 cups whole milk
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups brandy
- ½ cup rum
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- Cinnamon sticks - for garnish, optional
- Star anise - for garnish, optional
- Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer or whisk until light and fluffy.
- Continue beating while gradually adding the sugar and salt. Beat until sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in the milk and vanilla extract.
- Add brandy and rum to personal taste and stir.
- Sprinkle with ground nutmeg before serving.
- Can be refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving. or stored, covered, in the fridge for 6 days.
- Serve in glasses sprinkled with nutmeg. Add a cinnamon stick or star anise as a pretty garnish if desired.
This recipe uses raw eggs.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 105mg Sodium: 161mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g
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