Old-Fashioned Eggnog Recipe

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Celebrating the holidays with eggnog is an American tradition that dates back to Colonial days. I toasts the season with a smooth and creamy concoction that keeps family and friends coming back from more.—Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 12 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 quarts milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream and additional nutmeg, optional

Nutritional Facts

One serving (3/4 cup) equals 268 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 186 mg cholesterol, 182 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the eggs, sugar and salt. Gradually add 1-qt. of milk. Cook and stir over low heat until a thermometer reads 160°, about 25 minutes. Pour into a large bowl; stir in vanilla, nutmeg and remaining milk. Place bowl in an ice-water bath; stir frequently until cool. If mixture separates, process in a blender until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  2. When ready to serve, beat cream in a bowl on high until soft peaks form; whisk gently into cooled mixture. Pour into a chilled 5-qt. punch bowl. If desired, top with dollops of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg. Yield: 18 servings (about 3 quarts).
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Eggnog in Light & Tasty December/January 2002, p14

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"best eggnog I have had"

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