Whip up your own homemade eggnog this year with this quick, 10-minute recipe. You won’t believe how much better it is than storebought!
Introducing….the homemade eggnog of your dreams.
I mean, obviously. You had to have seen this coming after listening to all my ranting and raving the other day about the great importance of always having a glass of eggnog close by a piece of homemade gingerbread.
I don’t break my own rules. Where there’s gingerbread, there’s gotta be eggnog.
And where there’s eggnog, we might as well indulge in the good stuff.
I feel as though these photos don’t really do this eggnog justice.
Um yeah, cloudy skies for 2 weeks straight and counting isn’t really working for me and my photos anymore, Mother Nature! I’d like a little sun, please and thank you.
But PLEASE believe me when I tell you that this eggnog is the best thing ever. It’s neck-and-neck with store-bought, so you know it’s good.
This Homemade Eggnog features…
- A very light, frothy milk/half and half base (less heavy than store-bought)
- Just a touch of fresh nutmeg + vanilla
- TEN minutes of prep time to make
Making the Homemade Eggnog
(scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe!)
Start by combining milk, half and half, light brown sugar, and beaten egg yolks together in a small saucepan. This is the base to your eggnog.
Bring milk mixture to a very low simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened. Don’t let the milk mixture boil or you might break the eggnog!
Remove eggnog from heat and whisk in fresh nutmeg (freshly grated is best here!) and vanilla extract.
Serving the Eggnog
You can choose to serve your eggnog either hot or cold, whatever you prefer!
Serve it immediately after it’s made and reheat it as needed if you’re serving it hot.
If you like your eggnog cold, chill it in the fridge 1 hour before serving. Eggnog may be stored in fridge up to 5 days.
Spiking the Eggnog
We adults love spiking this eggnog around the holidays! It’s so good with just a splash of caramel vodka, bourbon, or spiced rum.
Top individual glasses off with a little fresh grated nutmeg and you’ve got a stand-out holiday drink!
However you choose to enjoy it, you’re going to LOVE this homemade version of the beloved holiday classic!
It’s much lighter and frothier than the heavy store-bought stuff, so rather than only having one glass, you’ll definitely feel like going back for another!
Plus it’s so easy to make, you will totally feel inclined to have a batch in the fridge at all times! Slightly dangerous and so very worth it.
Try these other eggnog recipe favorites!
- Homemade Eggnog Coffee Creamer
- Mini Glazed Raspberry Eggnog Scones
- Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake with Eggnog Glaze
10-Minute Homemade Eggnog
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup half-and-half cream
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
- 4 large egg yolks lightly beaten
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large saucepan, whisk milk, cream, sugar and egg yolks until smooth. Stir over medium heat until mixture is just simmering and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. (do not boil)
- Remove eggnog from heat and whisk in nutmeg and vanilla. Chill eggnog before serving or serve hot if desired.
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says
I love the idea of putting caramel-flavored vodka in the eggnog! It sounds wonderful. The whole 10 minute thing sounds wonderful as well!
Thanks Jen! It really takes this eggnog over the top! 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
This eggnog looks so creamy and delicious, Sarah! I’ve never even thought to make my own, so I’m loving this version. And making it in 10 minutes sounds even better! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, friend!
You definitely need to give homemade eggnog a go, Gayle! I think it will surprise you how much tastier it is than storebought! 😉
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Sarah, love that you made homemade eggnog!!! I have not attempted this yet. . but hey, only 10 minutes?!! love this. . and HELLO .. the photos are gorgeous!!! we are our worst critics. . seriously, these look fab!!! Happy Christmas!
You are seriously the suh-WEETEST, Alice! You totally make my day with your comments, girl! Happy holidays! 🙂
Mary Frances says
We’ve had rainy days and cloudy lighting too! Boo to winter 🙂 But I’ll take it if it means I get this amazing thing called 10 minute eggnog. I cannot get over how fast and easy this is! I personally think your photos rock and that this recipe needs to be in every house this Christmas. Love love love it! Pinning!
Gahhhh…it’s nice to know I’m not the only one struggling! LOL. Give us some sun!!
Thanks so much for pinning and for the sweet words, girly! 🙂
Judy Springer says
This recipe sounds yummy. I do not drink alcohol, but in our family we have coke and eggnog and it is delicious, like an eggnog float! You just mix about half coke and half eggnog, stir it up and enjoy. We have also used others flavors of soda with delicious results as well.
I just love the sound of that, Judy! Thanks for the tip—-I’ll have to try that next time! 🙂
10 minutes? Oh, I need to do this — it will taste so much better than store bought! My kids are eggnog fanatics, so this needs to happen!
The kiddos around here absolutely adore this eggnog—it’s a definite kid-pleaser! 🙂
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
I love how quick this eggnog is to make! I have never made eggnog… I think it’s time for that to change, right?! Happy holidays! Have a great one and eat lots of cookies! 🙂
It’s so much fun making your own eggnog! You’ve gotta try it. 🙂 Thanks so much girly!
Hannah Barta says
This looks SO good. I might just have to make this today 😉 Thank you so much for sharing!
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Thank you Hannah! Definitely let me know if you make this eggnog! 🙂
Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says
This eggnog looks out of this world Sarah!! I’m glad you are a responsible teen who is still drinking the “un-spiked” version! 😉 Have a wonderful Christmas!! 🙂
Thank you Renee! Happy holidays. 🙂
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
Sarah, this eggnog looks absolutely incredible! And only 10 minutes?? Love it!! Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thanks so much Kelly! You are too sweet. Happy holidays! 😉
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
Yum! I love the use of coconut sugar… I’ve always kind of wondered what eggnog was made of 🙂 Looks delicious and sooo much better than store bought. Merry Christmas!
Thank you Medha! Once you try homemade eggnog you may not be able to go back to storebought again! 😉
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
I don’t know why, but making my own eggnog freaks me out. I love the Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice flavor… but this looks absolutely perfect!
Oh, it’s so easy you definitely need to give it a try, girl! 🙂
Alice LoMascolo says
What is coconut sugar? I’ve never heard of it. Can I make it at home or is it store bought?
Hi Alice! Coconut sugar is similar to brown sugar in texture only coconut sugar is less refined. You can find it in the health food aisle in most grocery stores or you could just sub brown sugar. 🙂
Allergic to coconut is there another type of sugar I can use
You could use regular sugar or cane sugar, Misty!
Can you use a different type of sugar? Does the coconut sugar taste like coconut?
Yes, you can use regular sugar Cathy! The coconut sugar does not actually taste like coconut.
Omg yum. JUST made this. Cooling now. Tastes sooo good. So nice and easy and quick.
Glad to hear it, Alica! Enjoy!!
Was wondering if you could use regular sugar instead of coconut sugar. If yes, would I change the amount? Thank you.
Regular sugar would work just fine! You wouldn’t need to change the amount. 🙂