Vanilla Spiced Homemade Eggnog


When I heard that Jamie of My Baking Addiction and Katie of goodLife {eats} were going to do a Holiday Recipe Swap I knew I wanted to join.  I’m all about swapping delicious recipes…yum!   The first event is centered around vanilla and I immediately knew I wanted to do a drink.  At first I wasn’t sure what type of drink I wanted to make but then I went to the grocery store and saw the dairy cases full of eggnog.  “That’s it” I thought to myself “this year I will finally make my own homemade eggnog!”  Vanilla spiced eggnog to be exact. How delicious does that sound! Trust me it is. Creamy, full of vanilla flavor and just a hint of rum. I couldn’t very well make eggnog and not add a little something…now could I 😉

I personally to do not fear drinking raw eggs but If that is not your cup of tea (or eggnog…haha I crack myself up) you can heat this recipe and make a cooked version. You can also substitute normal eggs with pasteurized eggs and use pasteurized egg whites.  However, please keep this in mind. You need to use FRESH eggs if you decide to make the non-cooked version. You want to keep things as safe as possible.



Vanilla Spiced Eggnog

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup whole cream
  • 2 cup whole milk
  • 3 ounces spiced rum (can also use bourbon or whiskey)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Seeds of one vanilla bean
  • 4 egg whites

Source: Slightly adapted from Alton Brown


For the process I found a hand mixer to work best but a stand mixer will work.

In a bowl put egg yolks and beat until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, rum, vanilla bean seeds and nutmeg and stir to combine.

Place the egg whites in a clean bowl and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve. Stir to combine (will separate slightly) before serving.

Makes 6 - 7 cups

For Cooked version:

*You will need pasteurized egg whites for this recipe.

In a bowl beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine the milk, heavy cream, vanilla bean seeds and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and gradually temper the hot mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Then return everything to the pot and cook until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the heat, stir in the rum, pour into a medium mixing bowl, and set in the refrigerator to chill.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat pasteurized egg whites to a soft peak. With the mixer running gradually add 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture.

31 Responses to “Vanilla Spiced Homemade Eggnog”

  1. #
    Emily @Cleanliness — November 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Wow! I am loving THIS!

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    Kimberly Beauchamp, ND — November 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

    We go through a good amount of eggnog starting about this time of year, but I haven’t made it from scratch since I was a kid. Thanks for the idea:)

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    megan — November 17, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Oh gosh, this sounds delicious! I love eggnog but unfortunately, my family does not. I could drink that whole batch!

  4. #
    Faith — November 17, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Mmm, nothing like homemade eggnog, is there? (It’s so much better than the store-bought stuff!) Yours looks great and you’ve inspired me, I think I’m going to make another batch this year. 😉

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    Erica — November 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I LOVE eggnog. I look forward to it every year. I bet the addition of vanilla makes it extra special. And I’ve totally never made my own either- I think you’ve inspired me 🙂

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    Joanne — November 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    whenever I think of drinking raw eggs, I think of gaston from beauty and the beast since he was the epitome of a raw egg eater. My mind is so weird. I love eggnog and this vanilla-infused version sounds so delicious!

  7. #
    Jessica — November 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Oh the nog….who wouldn’t love this! It looks amazing and I cannot wait to try the recipe. Beautiful picture too Brandy, totally puts me in the holiday spirit!

  8. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    That looks so pretty! Just today I was contemplating making my own homemade eggnog. 🙂

  9. #
    Gina — November 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    This is fabulous! Being in the UK it’s difficult to find eggnog, especially around this time of year. Thank you for the suggestion and even more for the recipe. I will definitely being making this on the 25th!

  10. #
    bluemixer — November 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I’m excited to try this recipe. I’ve never attempted to make my own eggnog, but I have a friend who always gives me a hard time about taking short-cuts and buying store-bought items. This should impress him, and I’ll put enough bourbon in to shut him up. HAHA! 🙂

  11. #
    leslie — November 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog have a beautiful blog here!

  12. #
    peachkins — November 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Can you hand me a cup of that eggnog?

  13. #
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — November 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Oh dear…this looks amazing and it’s definitely going to be a must make this holiday season! Thanks so much for submitting your fantastic creation to our Holiday Recipe Exchange. Best of luck in the contest!

  14. #
    rebecca — November 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    looks great love holiday recipes make me smile

  15. #
    Katrina — November 18, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I don’t care for egg nog, but my husband does. And for the record, I think the photos are great.

  16. #
    Barbara Bakes — November 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I don’t love the eggnog you buy in the store, but this sounds great. My husband and son love eggnog.

  17. #
    Katerina — November 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Yes, that’s me the raw egg frightened cook. I will take the cooked version. It must be very warm and comforting.

  18. #
    Blond Duck — November 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve never had eggnog!

  19. #
    doggybloggy — November 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    mmmmmm or better yet MMMMMMMMM! this sounds so very good!

  20. #
    Tiffany — November 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Yum! This looks so delicious! Great picture!

  21. #
    Cakelaw — November 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I adore eggnog – and this one looks espcially fluffy and thick and delicious. A recipe swap is a fun idea.

  22. #
    girlichef — November 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Totally awesome…but I need more than a hint, dear girl 😉 Looks seriously fabulous!

  23. #
    5 Star Foodie — November 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    The vanilla flavor sounds so good for this delicious warming eggnog! a perfect holiday drink!

  24. #
    UrMomCooks — November 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I also noticed the arrival of eggnog at the store today! It is fun to make a batch at home at least once every holiday season – luv the use of vanilla in yours!

  25. #
    Winnie — November 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    YUM! I love this idea- a perfect way to use some of my eggs 🙂

  26. #
    Mimi — November 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Eggnog is my husbands favorite holiday treat and shame on me since I have not made him fresh eggnog in years. Your recipe sounds so delicious, maybe this will be the year.

  27. #
    grace — November 20, 2010 at 1:04 am

    i have to be careful when it comes to spiked spiced eggnog–i can get carried away with something so delicious. 🙂

  28. #
    theUngourmet — November 20, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Mmm! Now this looks fabulous and the splash of rum is a perfect addition!

  29. #
    A Canadian Foodie — November 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you for the reminde r- I have to make some…. mmmmmm …. there is NOTHING like homemade eggnog (especially if you are Nutmeg Nanny, EH?)

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    Caroline Malone — December 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Wow! It looks so amazing! So fluffy.
    I was wondering. Since I’m under 21, is there anything I could use as a substitute for the rum if I want it to be non-alcoholic?


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