Merry Christmas and Hubby’s Eggnog

by Spicie Foodie on December 22, 2012

Old Fashion Eggnog Recipe from Spicie Foodie's Husband

My husband and I wanted to share his Eggnog recipe with you. In fact he specifically asked if I would photograph it and share with you. Isn’t he cute? Of course I couldn’t refuse him. Eggnog is one of the things he loves and really looks forward to every Christmas. Every year he prepares a batch of his family’s old traditional eggnog. Though I’m not an eggnog fan I adore watching him in the kitchen and the smell of nutmeg in the air.

Before we get to the recipe there are a few things we need to mention. First is the eggs are raw. Some people don’t feel safe consuming raw eggs but it is what he uses. Make sure they are the freshest available. Of course we are not responsible for the eggs you use so it is your call. Next, whole fat milk will yield thicker and better tasting eggnog. Lastly, this is a non-alcoholic version that can easily be made alcoholic. If you’d like feel free to add some Brandy or Rum. Just mix in a cup or as much as you like into the eggnog. Okay let’s get to the recipe.

Old Fashion Eggnog Recipe from Spicie Foodie's Husband

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Hubby's Old Fashion Eggnog
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A simple old fashion eggnog recipe handed down by generations of my husband's family. Raw eggs, full fat milk and thick cream make this the best holiday drink.
Recipe type: Drinks, Christmas, Non-Alcoholic
Cuisine: American, Christmas
Serves: 6-8
  • 12 medium egg yolk
  • 11/2 cups (one and a half cups) or 320 g white granulated sugar
  • 4 cups or 1 liter of 4% or full fat milk
  • 2 cups or 500 ml heavy cream (31% fat or higher)
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg, or adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
Equipment Needed
  • blender
  • large bowl
  • whisk
  1. Place the egg yolks and white sugar into the blender. Blend for about 2 minutes or until the mix thickens up. Pour the yolk-sugar mix into a large bowl, whisk in milk and cream. Continue mixing until the sugar has completely dissolved. Sprinkle in the nutmeg and pour in the vanilla, mix until well incorporated. Taste and adjust nutmeg if desired.
  2. Chill until ready to serve. Sprinkle ground cinnamon over each cup before serving.
1. The recipe calls for raw eggs. Consume at your own risk. 2. Whole fat milk and heavy cream yield thicker and better tasting eggnog. 3. For alcoholic version add a cup of good quality Brandy or Rum after nutmeg and vanilla has been added. Whisk again until Brandy/Rum is well incorporated into the eggnog.


Old Fashion Eggnog Recipe from Spicie Foodie's Husband

In my husband’s own word the eggnog tastes “creamy, rich, like Christmas and full of childhood memories.”


Feliz Navidad from Spicie Foodie

Christmas is only a few day away and I want to wish each and everyone of you a very happy holiday. May you be surrounded by the ones you love and with plenty of good food. Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

in Drinks,Eggs,Holidays,~ musings~

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa December 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

A divine drink!

Merry Christmas, dear!




2 Spicie Foodie December 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Thank you Rosa and Merry Christmas to you too! Hugs


3 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun December 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Nice recipe–and oh, how I do love good eggnog. Unfortunately, here in Mexico I just don’t trust the safety of raw eggs.

Happy Holiday to you and yours, Nancy.


4 Spicie Foodie December 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Thanks Victoria I’ll let him know. I understand your concern about raw eggs, but also I do think that if someone is concerned about raw eggs it wouldn’t matter what country they came from since salmonella can occur anywhere. We did some research to double check and everything we found stated that most cases of salmonella came from eggs farmed in areas where industrialized chicken farming is done.

Feliz Navidad ;)


5 Chris December 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

While salmonella and other food borne diseases can be carried in “industrialized” eggs, it is just as common, if not more so in home grown eggs too.

The common method of infection of the hen with Salmonella is through either vermin droppings being eaten by the hen or the hen consuming cockroaches. Once a hen is infected, she will always carry and transmit the Salmonella infection through all of her eggs.

Small-scale egg operations have just as high, sometimes higher, incidence of infection as the larger industrialized operations. Just no inspection of small scale or backyard operations, leading to the appearance of lower infection rates.

The only way to avoid Salmonella in chickens is to keep an extremely clean, vermin free operation, something very few small producers actually are able to achieve.

I have been raising chickens for food and eggs for over 50 years now, love doing it, but the constant negative rap against the large egg producers is just not accurate, nor justified! The simple fact is proper, quick refrigeration, along with proper washing/cleaning of the eggs is the single biggest factor in reducing the exposure to higher levels of Salmonella bacteria in eggs. Most eggs have some Salmonella bacteria in them, but allowing them to stay warm, outside of refrigeration is what allows the bacteria to multiple inside the egg to a problem level.
This information comes from the USDA and other scientific sources.

I eat my own eggs raw and nearly raw often, but I keep a close eye on my hen’s conditions and get them chilled soon after they are laid.

Nice recipe for nog! :)


6 Rachel April 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Great info! Thanks for sharing!


7 Suzanne Perazzini December 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Egg nog is such a Christmas drink and perfect for the cold weather you are having in the Northern Hemisphere right now. Merry Christmas to you too, Nancy and enjoy the break.


8 Spicie Foodie December 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Hi Suzanne,
Merry Christmas to you to sweetie! Thank you and you too enjoy the break. :)


9 Erica December 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Feliz navidad para ti y toda tu familia! The eggnog looks delicious…..thanks for sharing,Nancy!


10 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Hola Erica,
Muchisimas gracias y tambien Feliz Navidad a ti y toda tu familia. Thank you:)!


11 Joan Nova December 22, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Merry Christmas Nancy. I’m loving Yummy Pics — and I’ve only been leafing through it. I can see there is much to be savored and learned.


12 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Merry Christmas Joan! That’s great and I’m glad to hear it.


13 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 23, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Merry Christmas, Nancy! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Your eggnog looks scrumptious! :)


14 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Merry Christmas Laura! You too have a great holiday and thanks.


15 Eha December 23, 2012 at 3:47 AM

What a lovely recipe, getting better with every tad of cognac I add ;) !!! Whilst I am sipping, may I add all the warmest Yuletide wishes I know and hopes for a wonderfully successful 2013 for you and yours!!


16 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Hi Eha,
Thank you and a very Merry Christmas to you too. Best wishes for the coming year. :)


17 Angie@Angie's Recipes December 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The eggnog looks so creamy and festive!
Happy Holidays to you and yours too!


18 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Thank you so much and happy holidays to you as well.


19 Ramona December 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Nothing says Merry Christmas like eggnog. Kudos to your hubby. :) Feliz Navidad to you and your family as well Nancy!! May the joy of Christmas fill your home. :)


20 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Hi Ramona,
Muy Feliz Navidad to you and your familia too! Thank you and have a wonderful celebration. xx


21 john@kitchenriffs December 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I’ll have some booze in my eggnog, please. ;-) Really a nice recipe – I love eggnog, and this looks so great. Thanks for this, and Merry Christmas!


22 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Thank you John and Merry Christmas to you and yours!


23 Phong Hong December 24, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Thank God for pasteurized eggs! I have never tasted eggnog but it sounds very creamy and decadent. Nancy, here’s wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


24 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:22 AM

You should give it a try sometime. Thank you and best wishes to you and yours too.


25 Magic of Spice December 24, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Looks like he did a wonderful job with this eggnog…YUM!
Happy Holidays again sweetie, much love and hugs!


26 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:24 AM

He really did! Gracias Alisha, have a Merry Christmas. xx


27 Mom December 24, 2012 at 6:25 AM

We used to make this every Christmas. Have you ever tried the pasteurized eggs in a carton? I haven’t, I was afraid it wouldn’t taste good.


28 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM

No my husband has never used pasteurized eggs but he suggested you give it a try. Thank you & Merry Christmas:)


29 Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen December 24, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Nancy, what gorgeous festive photos. I haven’t had eggnog since I was a child but making a jug of this today after the long walk I have planned. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes throughout the year. Wishing you happiness this Christmas and a thousand good things for 2013, Hester x


30 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Hi Hester,
Have fun on your walk and enjoy making your eggnog. Thank you so much for the well wishes. A very Merry Christmas to you to and yours, as well as the best wishes for the New Year. xx


31 vianney December 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Your hubby is amazing to share his favorite childhood memory! Sweet! Happy Holidays Amiga~ Big Abrazos y besotes from Texas!


32 Spicie Foodie December 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Hi Vianney, Thanks and I thought it was sweet of him too. Feliz Navidad amiga y tambien te mando un besito abrazo muy grande desde aqua.:)


33 yummychunklet December 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Eggnog is just so good right now! Yum!


34 Spicie Foodie December 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM



35 Evelyne December 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I do enjoy a homemade eggnog and this one looks great. Happy Holidays to you too, enjoy family and food time!


36 Spicie Foodie December 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Thank you Evelyne and Happy Holidays to you and yours!


37 Yelena December 26, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Dear Nancy! I wish you the best New Year ever and many happy days! Hugs and kisses to you.


38 Spicie Foodie December 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Hi Yelena,
Spasiba and the very best wishes to you too. Hug&kisses! :)


39 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb December 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Feliz Navidad! Interesting, now I can make my own eggnog and then I ll try make egg liqueur to taste the difference. Thank you for sharing your husbands recipe with us, very appreciated.


40 Spicie Foodie December 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Feliz Navidad to you too Helene:) It was our pleasure to share my husband’s recipe. Can’t wait to see your liqueur recipe -yum!


41 Bettina Alkan December 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Thank you for adding both measurement systems, it makes it so much easier, not having to convert. It sounds delicious and I am happy to have found your recipe. thank you so much for sharing.


42 Spicie Foodie December 11, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Our pleasure Bettina, and enjoy your eggnog.:)


43 Rosie December 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I made this today and I have already sucked down 3 glasses by myself!!!! I’ve never made egg nog before and this was my first attempt at it. This was one AWESOME recipe!!! I can’t stop talking about it or drinking it. Thank you so much for sharing!!!


44 petra December 26, 2013 at 2:15 AM

owh…what a delicious eggnog! My mum tried to make it and fuala! my whole family drank it about 3 cups/person!
thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

Feliz Navidad!


45 Michael Clark January 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Just threw together a rough version of this in my kitchen… it was amazing! I made a single cup to test, promptly made two more.


46 Spicie Foodie January 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I know, hubby’s recipe is that good!:) Thanks Michael.


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