Boozy, Aged Eggnog Recipe (2024)


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This recipe for Homemade Eggnog uses three types of dairy and three types of booze to create a thick and luxurious Christmas co*cktail! A bit of sugar and dash of nutmeg provide sweetness and depth, helping to marry all the flavors.

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It’s just not Christmas without a batch of homemade eggnog. This one is extra potent, extra creamy, and extra luxurious because it is aged!

Pour into 16oz. mason jars to age, adhere a fun label (find the FREE PRINTABLE right here), and then tie with a beautiful ribbon to give as a lovely, homemade (and drinkable!) gift!

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Ingredients for this recipe

  • Egg yolks
  • Sugar
  • Half & Half
  • Whole Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Spiced Rum
  • Brandy
  • Bourbon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg
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I don’t know whose idea it was to combine egg yolks, dairy, sugar, and booze and call it a beverage, but I should thank them. We all should!

Aged eggnog has long been part of holiday traditions and this recipe tastes like the ones of days gone by. The three different alcohols probably helps with that!

Making homemade eggnog

  1. Separate the yolks from the whites. Learn how to below!
  2. Cream together the yolks and the sugar. The mixture should become thick, pale, and creamy and run off the whisk attachment in a ribbon.
  3. Whisk together the dairy and booze. All of it. And the vanilla. I do this in a giant measuring cup, but a large pitcher will also work.
  4. Add the dairy mixture to the egg mixture. And whisk until smooth.
  5. Grate in the nutmeg. Fresh is always best! I use a microplane to get fine shavings of nutmeg.
  6. Pour into jars. Either a large one just for you or small individual ones that can be gifted to friends and family!
  7. Let it sit. While it’s technically ready to drink right away, age it for at least two weeks, if not longer!
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How to separate an egg

The key to delicious homemade eggnog is using quality eggs. I like to buy a free-range, organic egg when it’s going to be left raw in a recipe. It’s also important to properly separate the yolks from the whites to get the right consistency. Here’s how:

  1. Crack the egg. By gently tapping the center of the egg on a hard surface such as a table.
  2. Open the egg. With the shells pointing up toward you, not away. This will help to catch the yolk while letting the white fall into a bowl.
  3. Pass the yolk back and forth between the two halves of the shell. Do this about four or five times to get all the white off the yolk. (Did you know that cold eggs are easier to separate? It’s true! Grab them straight form the fridge for this recipe.)
  4. Place the yolk in a separate bowl. I like to just put them in the bowl of the stand mixer for this recipe.
  5. Store the egg whites. Either place the whites in the fridge for omelets the next day or in a zip top freezer bag to be frozen for another use at a later date.
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This recipe really couldn’t be easier. It also makes for a delicious coffee creamer on a Sunday morning! Looking to give it as a gift? Find my FREE PRINTABLE for fun labels right here!

Other great homemade gift ideas:

  • Homemade Vanilla Extract
  • Winter Spice Candied Nuts
  • Caramel Puff Corn
  • Any cookie recipe on this site 😉
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Homemade Eggnog Recipe

This recipe for Homemade Eggnog uses three types of dairy and rum, bourbon, and brandy to create a thick and luxurious Christmas co*cktail! A bit of sugar and dash of nutmeg provide sweetness and depth, helping to marry all the flavors.

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time5 minutes mins

Aging Time14 days d

Total Time14 days d 15 minutes mins

Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Drink, Gift, Holidays

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 443kcal

Author: Amanda Gajdosik


  • Mixer

  • Pitcher

  • Glass Jars


  • 12 large egg yolks
  • cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Spiced Rum
  • 1 cup Brandy
  • 1 cup Bourbon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and pale and mixture runs off whisk in a ribbon.

  • While the eggs mix, stir together the dairy, booze, and vanilla in a large pitcher.

  • With mixer on low, slowly pour in liquid, increasing speed to medium-low and mixing until just combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure there’s no eggs or sugar sitting at the bottom. Stir in nutmeg before pouring into jars.

  • Close tightly and let sit in fridge for at least two weeks before gifting/serving. Shake well and top with a sprinkle of nutmeg, if desired, before serving.



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 261mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 960IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg

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Boozy, Aged Eggnog Recipe (2024)


What is the best alcohol for aged eggnog? ›

The luscious texture of the drink is enhanced with seasonal hard spices, typically nutmeg and cinnamon." While you may typically reach for a bottle of rum or whiskey for eggnog, amaro and tequila are also good options.

Why does aged eggnog taste better? ›

The idea? Make a batch of eggnog and let it age for at least three weeks in the refrigerator before drinking. The rest period supposedly drives off eggy taste while giving the other flavors a chance to meld. At the same time, the alcohol has a chance to kill any potential pathogens in the mix.

Does alcohol make eggnog safe? ›

Eggs must be cooked to 160 degrees F to kill bacteria such as Salmonella that may be present. If your eggnog recipe calls for raw eggs, it may not be safe. Adding alcohol inhibits bacterial growth, but it cannot be relied upon to kill bacteria.

Is spiked eggnog warm or cold? ›

Eggnog is usually served cold, but you may choose to heat it, especially if you're coming in from making snowmen or ice skating. And you can spike eggnog with a splash of brandy, rum or your spirit of choice, but it's also delicious simply spiked with vanilla or cinnamon.

Is bourbon or whiskey better in eggnog? ›

Whiskey or bourbon

Both of these spirits work well with holiday flavors like vanilla and spice, so adding a dram to your mug of eggnog is as natural as pairing peppermint with chocolate. Be sure to use a good whiskey that you enjoy sipping on its own.

How long should you age eggnog? ›

Combine dairy, booze, and salt in a second bowl or pitcher and then slowly beat into the egg mixture. Move to a large glass jar (or a couple of smaller ones) and store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 weeks. A month would be better, and 2 better still.

Can you eat 100 year old egg nog? ›

Century eggs prepared in traditional ways are generally safe to consume.

What kind of rum goes with eggnog? ›

Avoid white rum because it's too light and transparent. Instead, choose a gold or aged rum. For a fun twist similar to rye whiskey, go with spiced rum.

Why is eggnog so addictive? ›

“For a lot of people, it's the richness of the fat and flavor of the custard that gives eggnog its sensory appeal.” Some companies sell eggnog bases, which are pre-formulated mixtures of ingredients with specifically designed flavor qualities.

Why can't you drink a lot of eggnog? ›

Traditionally made with eggs, cream, milk, and sugar, no one would say that eggnog is a healthy drink. Even a small serving can pack significant amounts of calories, fat, saturated fat, and added sugars. And then there's the fact that homemade eggnog made with raw eggs can be a food-poisoning risk.

Why can't you drink too much eggnog? ›

Eggnog is made with 'heavy' ingredients that, eaten in exclusion of anything else, might cause stomach distress,” registered dietitian Barbara Ruhs said. “Cream is full of fat and that takes longer to digest.

What is the most commonly added alcohol to eggnog? ›

While brandy is the most traditional alcohol to pair with eggnog, according to traditional recipes, you can also use a mixture of dark rum and Cognac. If you like your eggnog with more of a kick you can also add bourbon, but we recommend sticking to rum and Cognac to preserve the 'nog's flavors.

Why is eggnog only sold at Christmas? ›

Why don't dairy manufacturers make eggnog all year long? It doesn't sell. Demand for eggnog follows traditional consumption patterns that date back hundreds of years. The drink was a wintertime favorite of the British aristocracy, who took it warm, mixed with brandy or sherry to prevent spoilage.

Why is eggnog so expensive? ›

Canadian chef Heidi Fink states that one of the reasons people are making less homemade eggnog is that the beverage is expensive to make, due to its use of substantial quantities of cream, eggs, and spirits. Concerns about the safety of raw eggs may be another reason for the decline in homemade eggnog making.

How long does spiked eggnog last in the fridge? ›

Cover and refrigerate.

The more liquor you add, the longer it will keep — non-alcoholic eggnog should be consumed within 1 day; eggnog with 1/2 to 1 cup of liquor will keep for several days; and eggnog with 1 1/2 cups of liquor will keep for several weeks and continue aging and thickening quite nicely.

What's the best whiskey to put in eggnog? ›

Made with eggs, sugar, spices, and of course, whiskey, this rich and creamy beverage is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. To make Wigle's spiked eggnog, we recommend using a good quality whiskey like Yule Tidings but other whiskeys will be equally delicious. Wigle PA Bourbon eggnog is also highly recommended!

Is aging eggnog safe? ›

That's cleaner than eggnog bought in sealed cartons from the supermarket. Short answer: Yes, it's safe. At least, it's as safe as anything with a 20% booze content can be.

What is the original alcohol in eggnog? ›

It is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, and whipped egg whites (which gives it a frothy texture, and its name). A distilled spirit such as brandy, rum, whiskey or bourbon is often a key ingredient.

What kind of bourbon is best in eggnog? ›

List of the best bourbons for eggnog:
  • Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old.
  • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.
  • Buffalo Trace.
  • Wild Turkey Rare Breed.
  • Makers Mark Cask Strength.
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