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Eggnog Recipe

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Eggnog is a delicious traditional holiday drink, best made fresh and served immediately!  This recipe makes a fabulously rich, tasty fresh eggnog you can whip up in minutes. 

Not an Eggnog fan?  Making it fresh will change your mind.   Commercial versions have almost ruined its reputation - they're all pasteurized (cooked), too sweet, and full of artificial thickening agents.  Yuck.  Do it right, and learn why people liked eggnog in the first place!  Here are testimonials from newly-reformed anti-eggnoggers:
"I thought eggnog was gross, but this stuff rocks!" - scoochmaroo
"Wow.  Can I have some more?" - rachel

This is eggnog in its pure form - fresh eggs, cream, and a bit of sugar and seasoning.  It's excellent as-is, but can be spiked with rum, brandy, or bourbon to ward off the winter chill.  I prefer the non-alcoholic version, as it allows the subtle flavors to really shine.

Notes:
  • Don't substitute low-fat dairy - this is a holiday extravagance, so live it up.  Serve in small glasses if you're  worried about the calories, and go for an extra jog. 
  • Yes, we're using raw eggs.  If you want to be paranoid, wash the shells before cracking the eggs; there's only a 1:20,000 chance of salmonella inside the egg.  But you probably still shouldn't drink raw eggnog if you're immunocompromised.  If you've ever eaten raw cookie dough, quit worrying and try the eggnog!

 
 
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Step 1: Tools and ingredients

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6 eggs at room temperature, separated
3/4 cup sugar (for the yolks)
6 Tablespoons sugar (for the whites)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (use the good stuff, and/or make your own)
fresh grated nutmeg
3 cups whipping cream, chilled
2 cups whole milk
optional:
1 cup brandy or rum
1 1/3 cups bourbon

large bowl (~ gallon-sized)
wire whisk
Microplane grater/zester
mixer (hand or stand type - just so long as it's motorized!)

small punch cups, margarita glasses, teacups, wine glasses, or other fancy-looking festive vessels

For single-serving size (one egg), divide everything else by 6.  That means:
1 egg
2 Tablespoons sugar (for the yolk)
1 Tablespoon sugar (for the white)
a drop of vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup milk


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learnelite7 months ago
Followed your recipe more or less and it came out fantastic. I skipped the whites though, tastes like what you get from the store only a lot better
mnmama8 months ago
Good recipe for a crowd. I'm sure you're on all the holiday party lists with this one! I make my own with a Braun hand blender: 2 eggs, cream, real vanilla, Splenda to cut back on carbs and fresh nutmeg. Whip the egg whites, whip the cream, cream the Splenda and vanilla into the yolks and fold it all together. Top with a fresh scraping of nutmeg and sit down to a mug of heaven, sometimes with a bit of dark rum. Yum.
Also, I can buy eggs pasturized in the shell at my grocer now, so I can share it with everyone without worrying about salmonella or any other nasty bugs. YAY!
Maybe that was in one or more of your almost 200 comments, but I love fresh eggnog and it's soooo easy with a hand blender! Cheers!
SIRJAMES092 years ago
WOW! looks different...no argument there...
a while back I made some eggnog...but I sure do not remember using egg whites, or heavy creme...

not saying this is bad, just different. :)

Then again, I made mine in a blender.....it was more like what you find in the store but without all the extra governmental garbage (no preservatives, no fillers/thickeners, etc).

TY for sharing!! :)
THANKS FOR SHARING!! I just made the single serve, but i changed it up a bit. i used what i had but i substituted milk for the heavy cream, and i didnt wisk the whites until it was not a stiff fluffy like you did but a more liquidy fluffy. I then put some nutmeg, Ginger, and Cinnamon in it and wisked it for 15 seconds. it turned out alright and tastes fantastic!!
Great Recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Chikara4 years ago
 offtopic: i hear you can get a high from nutmeg...
on topic: I own 3 hens... do you think their eggs would be okay for this nogg? or do you think I should go down to the market and get some of those eggs...
Must try the nutmeg with a side of eggnog
USE your own eggs!!!!!
You can't actually get high, but if you eat too much nutmeg you'll have hallucinations right before you die from poisoning
 so... nutmeg is poisonous?
Yes, so are cinnamon, sage, bay leaves and cyanide.
...'cept love.
Everything is poisonous.
SWEET! =D
your hens eggs will be a lot fresher if anything.  I don't know why not.  And yes, nutmeg in very large doses is a halucinagen, and possible abortion aid.  look on wikipedia. I have heard that farm fresh eggs don't cook the same way, and need to be aged.  I have never had a not from store egg though.
Farm fresh eggs absolutely cook differently than store bought eggs, but that is what makes them superior.  I've been told by a friend who works in the egg industry that the typical egg is FOUR weeks old by the time it reaches the grocery store shelf, so that definitely affects how it cooks. 

Generally when you crack a store bought egg into a frying pan for a fried egg, the white runs quickly and spreads in a thin layer, while the yolk flattens out.  With a fresh egg, it lands in the pan in a discrete blob of egg white around a nice bulging yolk, and stays that way even after it's flipped. 

When we had chickens, my mom started making angel food cake from scratch again, because the whites from the fresh eggs gave the cake the lightness and height she couldn't get from store bought eggs.  She also got much better results with meringue made from the fresh eggs. 

Farm fresh eggs usually have a different flavor (better, in my opinion) than store bought eggs.  This has more to do with the feed, but freshness is also a factor.  Our chickens were free range, and while we fed them a commercial feed with no artificial additives, they also ate a wide variety of plants, as well as bugs and worms.  This variety in their diet gave the eggs a more robust taste.  Think of the difference between store bought white bread and home made bread, and you'll have an idea what I mean.

Most people have never had the opportunity to have a farm fresh egg in our industrialized society, so they don't know what they're missing.  If you have a chance to get some farm fresh eggs, maybe on a drive in the country when you pass a "fresh eggs for sale" sign, give them a try!  You might find yourself hooked on fresh!
Thank you, not only for your cooking advice and recommendation of farm-fresh eggs, but for your spelling. You even nailed "discrete". Seems like a small thing, but when you spend as much time online as I do, good spelling is quite literally a sight for sore eyes and an aching brain!
The best eggs are straight from the chicken the older the eggs get the worse they get.  and getting your eggs from the store just dosent make sense when you have your own chickens.  its the same animal and you run a far lesser risk of getting sick when you control your feed and keep their roost clean. wash your eggs and your hands and have at it. 
wiki is not always acurate
 Chances are, the fresh eggs will be best - store eggs have often been warehoused for who knows how long.
I do recommend washing the shells well before cracking any eggs you intend to consume raw.
Great looking recipe
A friend of mine took the required WAY TOO MUCH nutmeg to get high; he said it was like being hungover for the whole day. If you're that desperate for an altered state, find a long grassy hill and roll down it - you'll thank me!
One of my brothers tried the nutmeg high. He was out of his mind for a while, and afterwards wouldn't even agree to a few flakes of nutmeg powder in his eggnog at Christmas. Must have been a real bad trip.
Chikara Chikara4 years ago
Thanks guys! My mother is very odd about the raw egg thing, she won't let me make any nog, or drink any nog, storebought or not. And I was just curious about the nutmeg thing as I heard it from one of my friends...

I really wish I could try out this recipe..but you know.. mothers... she wouldn't even let me have a pet rodent because of illnesses and plagues, bah, whatever ;)
-Jess- Chikara3 years ago
dude, you can buy eggnog that they dont use RAW eggs in. its still WAY GOOD!
or just wait till your mom leaves you alone for a couple hourse.
Not to be a bad influence (ok maybe a little) but I'd recommend pushing the limits a bit, it'll make life easier in the long run. A life with no risk would be a boring life indeed. A life of sterile captivity will just make you the rat.
tabi Chikara4 years ago
This recipe is almost the same we have been using for ages in our family. The thing about raw eggs is that you wash them VERY well and if you are somewhat paranoid you also may use some antiseptic on the shells... my grandmother used to give us raw egg yolks w/ bit of sugar... nobody ever catched anything.  And anyway the alcohol in rum or bourbon will kill almost anything ;)
So I hope your mother relents and tries it...
forget nutmeg, eat a tablespoon of cinnamon at once *winkwink*!!!
canida (author)  Chikara4 years ago
Definitely use your fresh eggs!  Just give the shells a good washing so you don't introduce any contaminants.

I believe it takes far more nutmeg than is remotely reasonable to consume.
I have it on good authority that three will send you to hospital.
my famly owned upwords of 10 hens, and then some roosters, we did NOT go to the hospital at all durring that time
canida (author)  aseaheru4 years ago
I think she was talking about the nutmeg. ;)
aseaheru canida4 years ago

not to sound augumentitive but i think it was the eggs

Sorry, I meant three nutmeg.  Consuming three nutmegs in quick succession will send you to hospital.
ah.
THATS overkill......
in my book it is.....
use your eggs, not battery hen eggs
MKohen Chikara4 years ago
ontopic of your off topic: yes, it can get you high. but a lot is dangerous.... 
Christmas is coming earlyyy
sbrooker2 years ago
Definitely going to make this tomorrow. Is there no allspice in this? I thought allspice was in eggnog.

Anyways, now that I know that I can have eggnog at any point in the year, and I am therefore no longer a slave to the grocery store market, I AM TEN TIMES HAPPIER~
ninja ninja2 years ago
Im going to ty this recipe. I have a couple of questions about the ingredients. Not a seasoned cook here so go ahead and laugh, im laughing with you but giving the recipe a shot! My question is for the ingredients for a batch of egg nog versus a single serving.
#1 In a batch of egg nog, the ingredient.. whipping cream, is that like cool whip or the can of whipped cream? Or do you use the heavy cream that is listed under the single serving ingredients? I have seen the heavy cream in the milk isle.

#2 In the batch recipe, I want to include alcohol. Do I use the 2 cups of milk plus the 1 cup of brandy or rum (choose 1) and 1 1/3 Bourbon or do you use choose between using milk or alcohol?

#3 In the single serving recipe, how much alcohol do you use if you choose to add it or use instead of milk... still not clear on whether you use both milk and alcohol or just choose 1 between the two.

ok..
Thanks!
canida (author)  ninja ninja2 years ago
Let's see if I can help!

#1 - this is the heavy cream that comes in a carton. Sometimes labeled whipping cream, it's very high-fat and tastes delicious. :)

#2 - if you use alcohol, it's in addition to the milk. (Not in place of.)

#3 - like I said in #2, add both the milk AND the alcohol. To get single serving sizes, divide by 6. That means a single serving would include 8 teaspoons (2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) brandy/rum, and 7 Tablespoons bourbon. (there are 16 Tablespoons in a cup, and 3 teaspoons in a Tablespoon, if you want to check my math.)

Good luck!
MsJaxFla3 years ago
Yes, your own eggs gathered fresh every day are going to be much better than store bought (gag).

And as far as eating raw eggs........... I have done so all my life. In the city in DC, when I did not have time for a real lunch and had no packed lunch, I would order a malted Pineapple milk shake with three, yes 3 raw eggs!!! Everyone said ugh, but you could not taste the raw egg in it anyway, just added flavor and richness. And of course good protein.

And then later in DC when I worked for an Italian restaurant called "The Owl & Tortoise", one of the owner's taught me how to make a REAL Caesar's Salad and yes, you use a real raw egg and top with three slices of Anchovies. YUMM, real is always better. Oh, to my point. He just rinsed the egg well and then ran warm water over it for a couple of three minutes..... never got sick from eating those salads either.
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