Homemade Eggnog

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Homemade eggnog is a holiday favorite that’s ultra-creamy, perfectly spiced, and spiked for a good time. And this foolproof version comes together in less than 5 minutes with just a blender – no whisking involved!

A glass of eggnog.

With holidays revolving around nostalgic things, a classic eggnog is a must. It’s delectably creamy, has a hint of spice, is slightly boozy, and screams winter wonderland in one chilled cup.

Eggnog has a magical way of setting the tone for a cozy night in. It brings a little extra fun to our get-togethers, and helps us get through some of that holiday stress. And this recipe in particular will help alleviate holiday stress, because it’s incredibly easy to make. It takes less than 5 minutes in your blender! 

What Is Eggnog?

Thanks to the colonial United States adopting “eggnog” from the British, this cozy cocktail has become a major holiday tradition. It started off as a combination of frothy eggs, milk, and ale, with the addition of spices or honey. Over the years, the boozy part has ranged from expensive bourbon to moonshine, but I personally prefer brandy and rum.

Regardless, eggnog is a symbol of celebrating prosperity and health. Making it the perfect cocktail to enjoy during the holidays. Because there’s nothing better than toasting to life with good friends and family by your side!

Homemade eggnog ingredients on a table.

Eggnog Ingredients

Although this recipe uses eggs, it doesn’t taste like eggs, trust me! The eggs are essentially turned into a custard, and once it’s blended with milk, spices, and alcohol, all you’ll taste is a deliciously creamy cocktail.

  • Eggs: I recommend using pasteurized eggs. See my note on tempering the eggs below.
  • Maple Syrup: My favorite option for a sweetener.
  • Spices: A blend of nutmeg and cinnamon is like Christmas in a cup!
  • Alcohol: Bourbon, brandy, and rum are ideal choices. I use a mix of alcohols, but if you have only one, that’s fine too.
  • Milk: Any type of milk works, whether it’s dairy or dairy-free, such as almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk.
  • Heavy Cream: An essential for making this extra creamy. But if you’re keeping it dairy-free, coconut cream works great.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below

Drinking Raw Eggs Safely

You might be thinking “are raw eggs safe to drink?” According to the FDA, the risk of salmonella can be an issue, especially for older adults and those with weaker immune systems. And while traditional eggnog does use raw eggs, it’s best to be on the safe side and temper the eggs.

This recipe uses pasteurized eggs (which is recommended by the FDA), in addition to tempering them in the blender. Yes, you can temper the eggs in your Vitamix! All you need is four minutes plus the friction of the blades in a high-powered blender, and your your eggs will reach a safe temperature of 160°F. You can verify it yourself with an instant read thermometer – it’s awesome.

How To Make Eggnog From Scratch

Are you ready for the easiest eggnog recipe you’ll ever make? All you need is five minutes. Just blend, chill, and serve!

Blend the eggs. Add the eggs and maple syrup to a high-powered blender, like my favorite Vitamix, and blend for exactly 4 minutes. Yes, exactly 4 minutes and not a second more.

Blending eggs and maple syrup for eggnog.

Add the remaining ingredients. In goes the milk, heavy cream, alcohol, and nutmeg. Then blend for another 10 seconds.

Blending eggnog in a Vitamix blender.

Let it chill then serve. Pour the eggnog into a sealed container and refrigerate it until it’s nice and chilled. This will help the flavors meld together and it will thicken up as well. Once it’s cooled, give it another stir, pour it into glasses, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and serve!

Pouring eggnog into a glass container.

Tips For The Best Eggnog

  • Don’t blend past 4 minutes. This is VERY important. When tempering your eggs, make sure not to go past 4 minutes as this will cause the egg mixture to cook and start to curdle. You want to reach 160°F, but not go over it. Additionally, if you’re not sensitive to raw eggs and you’re using pasteurized eggs, you can blend for just 2-3 minutes for a creamy consistency.
  • No need to use good alcohol. Because this cocktail is mixed with sugar and cream, there’s no need to use premium alcohol.
  • Use coconut cream for a non-dairy cream. To maintain a creamy texture without heavy cream and full-fat milk, blend your favorite non-dairy milk with coconut cream. Coconut cream is much thicker, richer, and will give you the right amount of creaminess.

How To Store This

If you’re not drinking the eggnog right away, store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for up to 4 days.

When you’re ready to enjoy it, pour it into glasses, and place the pitcher back in the fridge to keep it chilled. Or you can place it in an ice bucket if you’re serving at a party.

Pouring eggnog into a glass on a table.

Tasty Eggnog Variations

While a classic eggnog is my favorite way to enjoy this recipe, there’s a few fun ways to spruce up the flavors.

  • Pumpkin Spice: Blend in 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice for just the right amount of spice.
  • Sea Salt & Caramel: Stir in a teaspoon of salted caramel sauce and a sprinkle of salt in each cup.
  • Mexican Inspired: For tequila lovers, mix in Mezcal, crème de cacao, and top it off with cocoa powder and cinnamon.
  • Non-Alcoholic: This recipe tastes just as delicious without alcohol. Simply omit it and continue the recipe as is.

Want to turn this drink into a dessert? Whip up my eggnog chia pudding or eggnog overnight oats! It’s delicious, especially with a dollop of whipped cream.

More Holiday Drinks

Make a batch of these drinks to rev up the holiday spirit! But don’t forget to accompany them with good food – so be sure to check out my list of the best Christmas recipes.

Kick off the holiday season with glasses of creamy eggnog! A few sips of this will surely get you into the spirit if I do say so myself. If you end up making this for friends, family, or just yourself – let me know how it turned out in a comment below!

Eggnog in glasses.

Homemade Eggnog (In 5 Minutes!)

4.95 from 76 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

Homemade eggnog is a delicious holiday cocktail that's ultra creamy, perfectly spiced, and spiked for a good time. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to make! Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen.

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Ingredients 
 

  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups milk (dairy or dairy-free)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or coconut cream)
  • cup brandy or bourbon
  • cup rum
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks for garnish

Instructions 

  • Add the eggs and maple syrup to a high-powered blender and blend for exactly 4 minutes on high speed. Make sure to use a timer.
    Blending eggs and maple syrup for eggnog.
  • Add the milk, heavy cream, brandy, rum, and nutmeg. Blend for an additional 10 seconds just to combine.
    Blending eggnog in a blender.
  • Pour the eggnog into an airtight container and refrigerate until it's chilled.
  • When ready to serve, give the eggnog a stir before pouring. Then garnish with cinnamon sticks or a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blender eggnog, Eggnog, eggnog in a blender, Eggnog Recipe
Did you make this recipe?Mention @downshiftology or tag #downshiftology!

Recipe originally published December 2020, but updated to include new information.

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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197 Comments

  1. this is really good! first time I make eggnog and using a blender was so fast and easy I won’t be buying it in store anymore glad they were sold out and lucky i found your recipe.. cheers!5 stars

  2. This is the BEST and easiest eggnog recipe I’ve ever made! Total hit with all the eggnog lovers in our family! I did substitute white sugar for the maple and the result was fantastic. Thank you so very much!5 stars

  3. Highly recommend this eggnog recipe! I’m a nursing mom and my baby has a cow’s milk intolerance, so I skipped the alcohol and made this with almond milk and coconut cream as Lisa mentions in the post. Wow! Sooooooo good! You couldn’t even tell it was dairy free. I tried a store-bought dairy free “nut-nog” and it was nasty. This is well worth the 5 minutes for a great tasting eggnog!5 stars

  4. Christmas isn’t Christmas without Downshiftology! I’ve made this Homemade Eggnog for the last couple of years (at least) for the holidays. It is soooooo much better than store bought! My family loves this Christmas staple beverage!5 stars

      1. I’ve always thought I could somehow make eggnog in my Vitamix & now that I just got one with a timer it’s that much easier.

        We don’t drink alcohol, I’m wondering how much rum extract it would take for this. Any clues?5 stars

  5. Not going to lie. We’ve made this recipe at least 4 times this month for family and friends. They all love it. My daughter doesn’t like the thick store bought eggnog and prefers this recipe which is creamy but thinner. If you haven’t tried yet you are missing out! Will definitely make again and we don’t have to wait until December to have eggnog anymore.5 stars

      1. Thanks! Just use the whipping cream, and it is delicious. What a fast, easy recipe, and it is a hit all round.5 stars

  6. Easy, rich, and perfectly proportioned! Loved this eggnog and it’s better than the gooey sickly sweet stuff you find in stores!5 stars

  7. Your article makes no sense. You’re taking about tempering the eggs but no where in the recipe says you’re cooking the mixture. You’re just talking about blending so at what point are you tempering the eggs?
    Obviously I don’t expect you to publish this comment. Just wanted you to check your work.

    1. Hi Maria – As I mention in the post above, the Vitamix blender can temper the eggs to the appropriate temperature. Feel free to use a thermometer to double check. The friction of the blades creates so much heat it can even create a steaming soup from raw vegetables in about 5 to 6 minutes. I recommend you re-read the entire post, as the recipe is indeed accurate.

      1. This comment section needs like buttons!! Can’t believe how unbelievably snotty and rude some] people can be! Like they’re entitled to just talk down to people…smh… guess that’s the world we live in unfortunately. Hope at very least she is mature enough to say sorry!!

        Anyway, I’m about to try your recipe and I’m so excited!!. I’m literally OBSESSED with egg nog and the powder junk I bought on Amazon, well let’s just say I will NEVER buy that fake, nasty crap again… question, I’m a bit of a chocolate freak to, would adding chocolate shaving to it or no?

      2. Thanks, Stephanie! Yeah, unfortunately it’s very common online, so I’ve built up thick skin. But I appreciate your support and I hope you enjoy this recipe. Homemade eggnog is definitely best! x

  8. Oh My! Game changer! I made this with homemade oat milk and used full fat coconut milk for the cream. Delish! Thank you!5 stars

    1. Oh bummer! The Vitamix is definitely the most powerful blender on the market. You could then transfer the eggnog to a pot on the stove and simmer until it reaches temperature.

  9. we made this tonight for Dessert and it was soooo good. I never knew I could temper the eggs in my vitamix. Another one of a thousand reasons I love my blender. This eggnog is so easy to put together and tastes amazing. We didn’t add the alcohol but followed the recipe to the letter on everything else. I wouldn’t change a thing. the 4 minute mark was perfect. the eggnog wasn’t any where near as thick as store bought eggnog but was nice and creamy. can’t wait to make this again over Christmas with our relatives. thank you for another fabulous recipe!!5 stars

    1. Hi Kristi – The Vitamix is seriously one of the best tools ever! I’m so glad you enjoyed this eggnog recipe and hope your family does too.

    1. Hi Sharon – Any high powered blender will work, but I would look to see if the brand you have can temper the eggs correctly at high speed.

  10. If I want to skip the tempering part, do I just add everything in the blender at once? Or blend the eggs tad first still and then add the rest?

    1. Tempered eggs are to cook them until they’re safe to eat, but they don’t curdle. You want to reach 160°F, but not go over it.

    1. Hi Caitlin – If you want to gently warm this up, I recommend microwaving it in 30-second increments to prevent any curdling.

  11. I would love to try this recipe. However I have a Blendtec blender and I’m not sure what power level and how long it would take to temper unpasteurised eggs. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Cathy – I’m not sure, you might need to do a little research and double check if your blender can temper eggs!

  12. One of my absolute favorite recipes! Love being able to make it at home from scratch and knowing exactly what’s in it. Cheers!5 stars

  13. This sounds amazing! Thank you… I can’t wait to make this for friends and family over the holidays!🎄🎉5 stars

    1. Hi Linda – unfortunately, a nutri-bullet is not a high-powered blender, so I’m not sure they’d fully temper to the proper temperature. Did you double check with a thermometer?

    2. Another homerun!
      I am a low carber, so I used Allulose instead of maple syrup and it worked great. I also scraped a vanilla bean into it because I did not use alcohol.5 stars

  14. This eggnog recipe is the best! Love that I can make it dairy-free and still have a lovely, creamy drink. Also, making it in the Vitamix to “cook” the eggs is a fantastic innovation. Have made this several times and will have it on repeat this winter!5 stars

      1. Yes, exactly! It should work with any high-powered blender. You can always verify the temperature with an instant read thermometer as well.

  15. Hi Lisa!
    I just want to say that I LOVE your recipes! My husband just got me a Vitamix blender for an early Christmas present (even though it is the E310 instead of the one I sent him a picture of🤣😂), so I am looking for recipes that are Vitamix specials. I would love to make this, but I have a question. Your nutrition breakdown includes, I assume, the alcohol. If I made this without- I have three kids who all have different nutrition requirements including T1D- what would the breakdown be?

    1. Hi Val – that’s awesome, congrats on your new Vitamix blender, woot! And I’m thrilled that you love all my recipes. :) For the nutrition breakdown without alcohol, you’d have to input the ingredients into an online nutrition calculator. Mine calculates automatically for me. Enjoy the eggnog!

    1. Hi Karen – I would recommend substituting with another liquid sweetener to keep proportions the same.

  16. Hello,

    How do I make this without using alcohol? I don’t drink and I would also like to make this for my family. Also, I have a sensitive stomach and I can never find milks and creams that won’t irritate my stomach but still taste good.

    Thank you,
    Joni Brammer ♡

  17. Do you have to use a sweetener?  I really don’t like sweet things and generally just leave it out of your recipes. I don’t want to ruin the recipe for my family.

      1. This was my first attempt at making Egg Nog and it was super easy and tasted amazing! This was perfect following the recipe exactly, although it was fairly thin. I think I might try to add a couple drops of vanilla to the next batch!5 stars

      2. Does the blender have a setting to heat the eggs up or is the mixing actually heating them up? Might buy the blender just to try this. Lol

  18. My favourite drink for Christmas. This recipe is soooo simple and tastes so good too. Thank you for the timesaver. BTW it’s Christmas Eve and I’m on our 3rd batch.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!5 stars

  19. Where do you find pasteurized eggs??? I cannot find them anywhere! A lot of recipes that I’m looking at call for pasteurized eggs and not a single store around me has them. Still give this a five star even though I’ve never made it.5 stars

    1. I really want to make this egg nog but am leery of the raw eggs and I’m having a difficult time finding pasteurized eggs which can be consumed raw.