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With pleasant hints of caramel and nutmeg, this creamy, nonalcoholic beverage from our Test Kitchen is a spin on the holiday classic. It’s bound to become your go-to recipe for years to come.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 265 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 188mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook without stirring until mixture turns an amber color and a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Remove from the heat; gradually stir in milk.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk a small amount of hot milk mixture into eggs; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  3. Pour into a large bowl; stir in vanilla and nutmeg. Place bowl in an ice-water bath, stirring frequently until cooled. Refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Before serving, whip cream until soft peaks form; fold into eggnog. Top servings with grated nutmeg if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Eggnog in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011, p40

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