Secret-Recipe Eggnog

Posted: December 3

Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Psst! Hey, listen! Don't spread this around, but we have the lowdown on how to get the best eggnog—better than anything you could find at the grocery store. This is our Secret-Recipe Eggnog, which is creamier, richer, and more luscious than your run-of-the-mill holiday beverage. Infused with cool vanilla and warming nutmeg, Secret-Recipe Eggnog is a delight that takes less than 30 minutes to make. Everyone who tastes this will ask you for the recipe, and it's up to you how much of a secret you want to keep it!


• 6 large egg yolks • 1/2 cup granulated sugar • 1 cup heavy whipping cream • 2 cups milk • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg • salt, to taste • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract • ground cinnamon, optional, for topping • fresh whipped cream, optional, for topping


Step 1

In a medium bowl, whip together the egg yolks and sugar until light and creamy.

Step 2

In a saucepan over medium-high heat on the stove-top, combine the whipping cream, milk, nutmeg, and salt, stirring and bringing to a bare simmer.

Step 3

Once the milk mixture reaches a bare simmer, pour a large spoonful of it into the egg and sugar mixture while whisking the eggs and sugar intensely. Gradually add more of the milk mixture to the egg mixture in the same manner, so you can temper the eggs and thus prevent scrambling.

Step 4

Once you have added most of the milk mixture to the egg mixture, pour the egg and milk mixture back into the saucepan on the stove.

Step 5

Whisk over the heat until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. If using a food thermometer, it should read 160 degrees F.

Step 6

Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Step 7

Pour the eggnog into a pitcher, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cool.

Step 8

Serve chilled with cinnamon and whipped cream.

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