This Traditional Homemade Eggnog is made just how you want it, creamy and rich with all the holiday flavors of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. A cozy  mug of comfort for the whole family or spike them for the adults.

2 glass mugs of traditional homemade eggnog

Eggnog is one of the best and things about the Christmas season. It doesn’t always have to be spiked (although I do enjoy it that way too), it is more than enjoyable the way it comes because it just tastes like Christmas.

This recipe is non-alcoholic so you can make a big batch for the whole family. This recipes yields enough for 4 people at 8 ounces each.

Eggnog in a glass mug with a foamy topping and grated nutmeg

This Traditional Homemade Eggnog does not come really thick (it’s like hot chocolate) like some you buy in the stores, which I think are sometimes to thick.   That’s because they contain cornstarch and guar gum. Does anyone even know what guar gum is? Apparently it’s a thickener that doesn’t sound very good for you.

What I love is that this eggnog recipe is all natural and you will know every ingredient. It is also thick enough to still make it creamy and luscious and linger on your tongue. What I also love is the addition of whipped egg whites.

The whites get folded in at the end and they thicken the eggnog so when you serve it, the egg whites float to the top and you have what looks like a foamy topping, like a latte.

Eggnog viewed from overhead showing the grated nutmeg topping

We all love Traditional Homemade Eggnog as a festive drink, but turned it into a classic dessert. Check out this eggnog crème brûlée recipe. It’s really easy and has only 3 ingredients.

Because this is a traditional recipe, it is made with eggs. The egg yolks are cooked to the FDA recommended temperature of 145°F/63°C. The whites are not cooked and if you don’t feel comfortable adding them to eggnog, you can leave them out. The only difference is the texture will be different, it will be thinner and you wont get the foamy head on top. 

What is the traditional alcohol in eggnog?

As I mentioned, this eggnog is not spiked. I don’t like to add any alcohol to a whole batch because not everyone likes that way and  you can’t feed it to the kids. I like to leave that up to whoever is drinking it. Spike this eggnog however you like, with rum or bourbon. I’m a bourbon spiker.

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Traditional Homemade Eggnog

Eggnog in glass mugs surrounded by shelled nuts, pine cones and fern

Traditional homemade eggnog is just how you want it, creamy and rich with all the holiday flavors of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cozy up with mug of comfort for the whole family.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 cups (708 ml) whole milk
  • 1 cup (236 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons good vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
  • 5 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 2/3 cup (85 grams) granulated sugar
  • Bourbon (optional)


  1. To a saucepan add the milk, cream,  cinnamon sticks, vanilla and nutmeg, whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer until the temperature reaches 160°F using a candy thermometer. 
  2. To a bowl add the egg yolks and sugar. Beat until smooth and ribbons form. Add the egg yolk mix to the pan and bring the temperature back up to 160°
  3. Remove the cinnamon sticks from the milk/cream mixture. Refrigerate until cool.
  4. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until you get stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites into the cooled milk/cream. Serve topped with grated nutmeg and a splash of bourbon (optional).

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 172Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 201mgSodium 126mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 10g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.

Eggnog Crème Brûlée

Eggnog crème brûlée, a classic French dessert gets a festive holiday twist. 2 of my favorite treats come together in this super easy dessert.