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Homemade Holiday Eggnog

"For variations of this favorite holiday beverage, I sometimes stir in vanilla or 1-1/2 cups of strong coffee. Whipped cream is a pretty garnish, so are chocolate curls or cinnamon sticks."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 quarts


  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk, divided
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the eggs, sugar, 1 cup milk and 1 cup cream. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.
  • Pour into a large bowl; stir in nutmeg and the remaining milk and cream. Place bowl in an ice-water bath; stir frequently until mixture is cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

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