The Best Holiday Eggnog

by BrendaReeves

The holidays without eggnog is like Christmas without Santa. Here's an eggnog recipe that might become a family tradition in your house.

My brother found this recipe years ago and has made it for every Thanksgiving and Christmas get-together since then. It's the whipped cream that makes this eggnog so unique and delicious. I asked him for the recipe and he kindly shared it. If you search the Internet, you'll find that more than one person claims it as their grandfather's recipe. At this point, I'd say it belongs to everyone with nobody knowing where it originated. This year I'll try my hand at making it. I hope it comes out as good as my brother's, and I hope you make it also.

History of Eggnog

There are as many stories of where eggnog came from as there are ways to make it. It most likely originated in England and made its way to the New World in the 18th century. In its beginning, only the aristocracy in England indulged in the drink. Once the recipe landed on colonial shores, rum was substituted for other heavily taxed liquor like whiskey and wine. When the revolutionary war came along, supplies of rum were reduced and domestic whiskey and especially bourbon became the preferred substitute. Ever since the drink was first introduced in America, it has been a traditional Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year drink. Many families make a batch of non-alcoholic eggnog so the children can join in on the holiday toast.


Celebrating with Eggnog

Celebrating with Eggnog

Prep time 30 min  -  Total time 45 min
Ingredients for 16 servings
8 fresh eggs  • 1 1/2 cups sugar  • 2 cups rum  • 3 cups milk  • 2 cups bourbon  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream  • Ground nutmeg


Separate the egg whites and yolks into individual bowls.
Beat the egg yolks with 1/2 of the sugar and set aside.
Beat the egg whites until stiff and carefully fold in the remaining sugar
Carefully fold the egg yolks into the egg whites and mix together.
Stir in the rum, milk and whiskey slowly and one at a time.
Stir in half of the cream slowly.
Whip the remaining cream and fold it carefully into the egg nog.

Carefully ladle mixture into cups and sprinkle with nutmeg.

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Eggnog Trivia

On December 24--25, 1826, a riot took place at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. As the story goes, two days prior to the dates, some cadets smuggled whiskey into the North Barracks in anticipation of a little Christmas celebration. All was going well until a riot broke out on the 24th and continued until Christmas morning. After the snow flakes settled, twenty of the seventy cadets (more than one-third the population) involved in the riot had been court martialed--one of them an enlisted soldier. One of the participants in the riot was Jefferson Davis, who later became an American statesman and President of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

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Updated: 09/06/2012, BrendaReeves
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BrendaReeves on 10/30/2012

I think you will really like it Katie. Thanks for commenting.

katiem2 on 10/30/2012

Yes, so glad I found this recipe for the best eggnog, I need it for my up coming Thanksgiving feast I'm hosting. Gotta have a beautiful punch bowl of eggnog. :)K

BrendaReeves on 09/06/2012

Thank you Mira and Katie.

katiem2 on 09/06/2012

I like eggnog, thanks for sharing the best ever recipe for the delightful holiday treat. My girls like it as well, we put it in hot cocoa, coffee using it as a sort of creamer. Yummy! :)K

Mira on 09/06/2012

Forgot to add: I did enjoy it though, a whole lot!! Both the eggnog and the tipsiness.

Mira on 09/06/2012

Man, don't you get terribly drunk with all that sugar and the alcohol? Maybe that's the point :-) I remember I did (get drunk) one time :-) I thought it was just me, but now I see why :-)

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