Homemade Spiked Eggnog Recipe

Last modified on December 29th, 2019 at 7:44 am

Sweet, spiced, and everything nice, there is no mistaking that our homemade Spiked Eggnog will warm your soul and make your spirits bright just in time for the holidays.

Two glasses of eggnog with cinnamon sticks, shot from above with nutmeg grater, cookies and pine leaves

If there is one thing we look forward to during the holidays, it’s the seasonal foods that seem to make it onto our tables just once a year. For us, that includes our Christmas Morning Wife Saver, Panetonne, Christmas Cookies, and of course, Eggnog. And we’re not talking about the liquid sugar you find in the cartons that pop up in grocery stores at the start of December.

This eggnog is special. It is a recipe past down from Philip’s Grandma, coming from her personal collection of handwritten recipes. This Spiked Eggnog Recipe is not for the faint of heart. It starts with a base of whipped egg yolks, sugar, and milk. Alcohol, and lots of it, is added to prevent any possible chance of contamination from sitting out during an extended party.

Hand pointing in an old handwritten recipe book, while other hand is holding a bowl of egg yolks

What makes this recipe unique is the addition of fresh zest from a lemon and orange resulting in a subtly sweet, rich, bright, and boozy drink that you scoop vs pour, and that will have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree from the very first glass.

Two glasses of eggnog with cinnamon sticks on top

What is Eggnog?

Eggnog is synonymous with Christmas, being served throughout North America from early December through to New Year’s. Also known as milk punch or egg milk, eggnog is traditionally made with eggs, milk, cream, and sugar with the option of adding various alcohols and spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon.

What Does Eggnog Taste Like?

When you think of what goes into eggnog, it’s not too hard to imagine what it would taste like. Eggs, cream, and sugar are main components of ice cream, so eggnog does have a remarkably similar taste to melted ice cream.

How to Make Spiked Eggnog

What is Spiked Eggnog Made of?

ingredients to make spiked eggnog

Our spiked eggnog recipe uses just a handful of simple and readily available ingredients; eggs, icing sugar, whole milk, heavy cream, nutmeg, orange, lemon, rum, and cognac.

Step One: Make the Base

Separate eight eggs, placing the egg yolks in a very large bowl and egg whites in a separate medium to large bowl and set aside.

A bowl of egg yolks and icing sugar with a metal whisk

Add a cup of icing sugar to the egg yolks and whisk until pale yellow with a light and airy texture. Stir in 3 cups of milk and 3/4 cups each of rum and cognac. Feel free to substitute either or both of the alcohols. Bourbon, Kahlua, and amaretto will all work nicely with this recipe.

Hand pouring alcohol into eggnog base

Step Two: Add the Egg Whites

Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Add them to the eggnog base and gently fold them in until well incorporated. Place the eggnog in the fridge for two hours or more.

Whipped egg whites in a bowl

Step Three: Add the Cream and Flavouring

After the eggnog has marinated, whip 3 cups of heavy cream until slightly thickened. Stir in the zest of one orange, and one lemon. Mix the cream into the eggnog until smooth. Grate fresh nutmeg over top before serving

Hands zesting orange into cream with a microplane

Aging Spiked Eggnog

In researching aged eggnog, it is an option to do so. According to Alton Brown’s Aged Eggnog Recipe, it requires 20% alcohol volume and suggested aging is a minimum of 2 weeks. We will be aging this and will report back our results.

Two glasses of spiked eggnog with cinnamon sticks and cookies

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Homemade Spiked Eggnog Recipe

Eggnog with cinnamon stick on top with holiday decor in the background

Sweet, spiced, and everything nice, there is no mistaking that our homemade Spiked Eggnog will warm your soul and make your spirits bright just in time for the holidays.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: food and drink, drink
  • Method: handmade
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 cups whole milk (3.8%)
  • 3/4 cups dark rum
  • 3/4 cups cognac
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 orange, zested
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


No. 1 | Place egg yolks in a very large bowl. Add sugar and whisk until light and airy with a pale yellow colour. Stir in the milk, rum and alcohol. No. 2 | In a separate large bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Scrape the egg whites into the yolk mixture and fold until well incorporated. Transfer the eggnog to the fridge for at least two hours. No. 3 | Beat the cream in a medium bowl until thickened, but still runny. Zest the lemon and orange overtop, then stir the cream into the eggnog. Grate fresh nutmeg overtop. No. 4 | Return the eggnog to the fridge to chill until serving, or transfer to mason jars if serving at a later date. Serve with an additional sprinkling of nutmeg, cinnamon or whipped cream.


– Aging for any period of time is only advised if the alcohol makes up at least 20% of the volume of eggnog.

Keywords: holiday cocktails, homemade eggnog, Christmas cocktails

Two glasses of spiked eggnog in front of bottle of eggnog with text overlay


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  • Reply
    January 3, 2020 at 5:21 am

    I love recipes that are handed down from generation to generation and I would dearly love to have a collection of recipes just like yours! How wonderful. This eggnog sounds delicious – perfect for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing and wishing you both a very happy New Year!

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      January 3, 2020 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Katerina! Couldn’t agree more and looking forward to sharing even more of my family recipes. Happy holidays 🙂

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