Traditional Eggnog

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Nov. 26, 2014

This is the traditional boozy Christmas treat with raw egg whites that we grew up with. Of course you can leave out the whisky / rum, and the egg whites, it'll be just fine-ish. But the egg whites do add a lot to the mouth feel of this drink.


Egg yolks 4
Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) ((125 mL))
Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs) ((500 mL))
Whole clove 2
Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
Cream 1 Cup (16 tbs) ((250 ml))
Grated nutmeg 1 Teaspoon
Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
Whiskey 2 Tablespoon ((or to taste)) (Optional)
Rum/Brandy 2 Tablespoon ((or to taste)) (Optional)
Eggs whites 4 (Optional)



1. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.

2. In a saucepan, combine milk, cloves, and cinnamon. Place the pan on flame and slowly heat on medium until steamy hot, but not boiling.

3. Slowly whisk in half of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks sugar mixture to temper.

4. Pour back the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan and cook on medium heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture begins to thicken slightly, and coats the back of the spoon (about 165 degree F-175 degree F). Do not allow the mixture to boil.

5. Remove the pan from heat and strain the mixture. Add cream and mix well. Let cool to room temperature.

6. Add whiskey and rum (if using). Stir in nutmeg and vanilla extract.

7. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. If raw eggs freak you out then avoid this step. Pop in refrigerator to chill.



8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 358Calories from Fat 67

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 7 g10.8%

Saturated Fat 4 g20%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 147 mg6.13%

Total Carbohydrates 59 g19.7%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 40 g

Protein 8 g16%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet