A few years ago I started to make my own Eggnog and haven’t been able to drink the store bought stuff since. Making it can be tricky as it is very easy to over cook it, and if you do you end up with scrambled eggnog, which is gross. We actually did that the first time we tried to make eggnog and it took us 5-years to work up the courage to try again, but we are glad we did…
- 6 2/3 cups of milk
- 2/3 cup of white sugar
- 8 x beaten egg yolks
- 2 tsp vanilla
- dash of nutmeg
You can also substitute in 2 x cups of cream for 2 x cups of milk if you prefer a thicker eggnog. I have also tried 3 cups of half & half cream in place of 3 cups of milk with good success.
If you want an alcoholic version of the eggnog recipe you can substitute 2/3 cup of rum in place of 2/3 cup of the milk.
Stir together 4 cups of milk with the 2/3 cup of sugar and egg yolks over low heat. You will want to stir constantly so that none of the egg starts to cook on the bottom of the sauce pan (trust me, you don’t want this to happen). You want to warm the mix until it just adheres to the spoon. If it starts to boil or overcooks just throw it out, otherwise it will be like drinking scrambled eggs…
As soon as the eggnog is warmed transfer it to a sink full of icy cold water and cool it for at least 2-minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the remaining 2 2/3 cups of milk and the vanilla (you can substitute the 2/3 rum in for 2/3 of milk at this point). Cool for at least another 4-hours before enjoying.
I usually pour my eggnog on to a couple of cubes of ice and then drink sprinkle some nutmeg on top and you are set to have some eggnog that crushes anything I have ever bought from the store.