Homemade Eggnog Recipe – Old-Fashioned Family Recipe

homemade eggnog recipe

Old-Fashioned Homemade Eggnog Recipe

This old-fashioned, homemade eggnog recipe has been passed down in our family for over four generations. Making it around the holidays is a wonderful family tradition. It is very easy to make and is so delicious that you will never want to buy the store-bought eggnog ever again. This is an alcohol based eggnog recipe made with Old Grand-Dad Whiskey which is what we prefer and what’s been used over time, but certainly other 80-100 proof whiskey brands can be used.

Homemade Eggnog Recipe
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This homemade eggnog recipe is an old-fashioned favorite that has been passed down generation after generation. It is best made in a large punch bowl as it makes a big batch. It serves 10 or more people depending how many glasses each person has. They will want several, but be careful as it does pack a punch. It's estimated to serve 20-24 punch size glasses.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 10
  • 12 eggs
  • ½ gallon whole milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 pint whipping cream (whip yourself)
  • A fifth sized bottle of whiskey (80-100 proof Old-Grand Dad is recommended). It is very important to have a high proof whiskey as this is what cooks the eggs.
  1. Separate yolks and whites. Place yolks in large punch bowl and place whites in a smaller bowl.
  2. Beat yolks till thick.
  3. Add ½ of the fifth sized bottle of whiskey (or a bit more if desired) slowly to yolks while blending.
  4. Gradually add sugar to yolk and whiskey mixture, set aside.
  5. In separate bowl beat egg whites till stiff. Add to yolk mixture.
  6. Whip cream till stiff peaks are formed - add 1 tsp. sugar. Do not over whip.
  7. Put everything in large punch bowl and fold under.
  8. Let set 10-15 minutes before serving. As it sets the ingredients tend to grow, so don’t fill bowl to the top.
  9. Stir before serving as the thick whipped cream floats to the top.
  10. Garnish with cinnamon or cinnamon stick if desired.
  11. If you like an extra kick you can float a bit of whiskey on top.
  12. Now it’s ready to drink ... enjoy!
If you do not drink all of the eggnog you can store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.