Homemade Old Fashioned Eggnog Recipe | Mexican Made Meatless™ (2024)

A mug full of homemade old fashioned eggnog is creamy and rich and full of Christmas memories. It’s a nostalgic experience that resonates with the warmth and cheer of the season. This classic, traditional and simple old-fashioned eggnog recipe is perfect for sipping by the fireplace or sharing with loved ones during festive gatherings.

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Old Fashioned Eggnog

Ah I love the holiday season, a time when delicious treats and festive drinks take center stage. One classic holiday beverage that never goes out of style is eggnog.

You might already know that I was born in Mexico but raised in the Midwest. I value being a child of both cultures, blending Mexican traditions with American holidays and enjoying diverse foods.

My childhood neighborhood included Americans, Mexican-Americans, Mexicans, and people from around the world, and my friends had various backgrounds and they often introduced me to their traditional dishes.

​I first encountered American eggnog at my best friend’s house, where her family made it as part of their holiday tradition. Back then, I wasn’t too fond of dairy-based foods, so I politely sipped it and slowly finished the small cup over hours to avoid being impolite. Haha, manners mattered!

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Later on when I married into an American family, eggnog was something they always had at their holiday dinners. Every year since our marriage and up until a couple years before his death, my then husband, would make a few bowls of his old fashioned eggnog throughout the Christmas season.

This is his recipe and one that has been hugely popular with my readers since I first published it on the blog many years ago. I gave it a little facelift and added new photos and a video so that you all can keep enjoying this easy traditional eggnog recipe.

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​He always said about his eggnog,“it’s creamy, rich, like Christmas and full of childhood memories.”

Amigos, for you eggnog fans out there, you’re in for a treat because this homemade eggnog recipe is quite delicious and if I who didn’t used to be a fan of eggnog says this, you know it’s going to be good!

Mexican eggnog is calledrompopeand it’s made a bit differently than American eggnog. I’ll share the rompope homemade version another time.

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A Brief History of Eggnog

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a quick journey back in time to uncover the origins of this beloved beverage. Eggnog has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages when it was enjoyed in Britain as a warm, ale-based drink.

During colonial times in America, George Washington had his own special recipe for eggnog that’s still cherished today. The tradition has evolved over centuries, but the essence of eggnog has remained constant—a creamy, indulgent concoction perfect for the Christmas holidays.

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Is This a Cooked or Uncooked Eggnog Recipe?

Traditional eggnog is madeuncookedand uses raw eggs.

Some of you may be wondering if it’s safe to use raw eggs in eggnog. Using pasteurized eggs can reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses – but of course it’s not guaranteed 100%.

​If you have a compromised immune system, or are pregnant, or an elderly person, then please consider using a cooked custard base for your eggnog. I also don’t suggest serving this to children.

I cannot make any guarantees to upon choosing to make uncooked eggnog you are solely responsible for any side effect.

When using eggs (be it for cooked or uncooked eggnog) make sure they are the freshest available. Of course we are not responsible for the eggs you use so it is your call.

Store-bought eggnog is cooked to prevent food-borne illnesses amongst the public.

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Traditional Eggnog Ingredients

The key ingredients for making homemade uncooked old fashioned eggnog are quite basic and easy to find just about anywhere. You’ll notice that it’s basically the same ingredients used to make ice cream – so you really can see just how decadent eggnog is. Full ingredient amounts are listed in the recipe card further down below.

  • Yolks from Large Eggs: The foundation of eggnog and what provides that luscious, creamy texture is eggs. Some people will beat the egg whites to soft peaks before mixing into the eggnog mixture, we’re keeping it much simpler and creamier and using just egg yolks.
  • Heavy Cream: To make your eggnog extra rich and decadent. (also called heavy whipping cream)
  • Whole Milk: For a creamy yet slightly lighter base. Don’t sub with low-fat milk because whole fat milk will yield thicker and better tasting eggnog.
  • Sugar: To add the perfect level of sweetness.
  • Aromatic Spices: Spices like nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon are commonly used.
  • Alcohol:You can choose to make this a boozy eggnog or serve without alcohol, your choice. Dark rum, cognac, and bourbon are spirits commonly used. Whiskey and brandy are also used in George Washington’s eggnog recipe. For a slightly less boozy version you could use rum extract instead.

How to Make Old Fashion Eggnog

This is the best eggnog recipe because it’s so incredibly easy to make!

We’re using a blender, a bowl and whisk to whip up our eggnog. So there’s no need for an electric mixer (aka hand mixer) or bowl of a stand mixer to prepare this recipe.

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Step 1:Place the egg yolks and white sugar into the blender. Blend for about 2 minutes or until the sugar mixture thickens up. Pour the yolk mixture into a large bowl, then whisk in milk and cream. Continue mixing until the sugar has completely dissolved.

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Step 2: Sprinkle in the nutmeg and pour in the vanilla, mix until well incorporated. Taste and adjust nutmeg if desired.I prefer tolet people add their own spirit of choice for an alcoholic eggnog. But if you prefer you can add the spirit of your choice now.

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Step 3:Pour into a pitcher or punch bowl and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Always keep in the refrigerator until right before serving. Serve by placing whole cinnamon sticks inside the mugs as drink stirrers. Then sprinkle a hint of nutmeg or a pinch of ground cinnamon over each cup before serving.

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The Best Results

If this is your first time making eggnog, don’t worry because as you can see this is an incredibly delicious homemade eggnog recipe is super easy to make. The reward is a velvety creamy eggnog treat that’s worth the effort.

​Make sure to ask your family and holiday dinner guests if they are ok with an uncooked eggnog, if so you may want to make a double batch. If not then prepare a cooked version for them.

Storage and Serving

The flavors actually get better over time, so it’s a good thing to make it a the night before of when you plan to serve it.Once your eggnog is ready, store it in an airtight container in the fridge.Then the next day before serving, give it a good stir and sprinkle some extra nutmeg or cinnamon on top, and add a whole cinnamon stick to each glass if desired.

​For the best food safety it’s best to consume this homemade within a day of preparing it.

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Homemade Old Fashioned Eggnog

Homemade old fashioned eggnog is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. This classic drink has a rich history and a flavor that’s hard to beat. Whether you choose to enjoy it with a hint of rum or opt for a non-alcoholic version, your taste buds are in for a treat. Give this recipe a try, and you’ll discover that there’s nothing quite like the creamy, dreamy goodness of homemade eggnog.

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How to Make Old Fashioned Eggnog

A simple old-fashioned eggnog recipe handed down by generations of family. Raw eggs, full fat milk and thick cream make this the best holiday drink.

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 0 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Course Drinks, Non-Alcoholic

Cuisine American, Christmas

Servings 8 servings

Calories 510 kcal



  • 12 medium egg yolks
  • 1.5 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 teaspoon ground nutmeg or adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract

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    • 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.

    • 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.


    Serving: 8servingsCalories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 10gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 373mgSodium: 76mgPotassium: 271mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 1462IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 225mgIron: 1mg

    Tried this recipe?Leave me a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review and tag me on social media @MexicanMadeMeatless or tag #mexicanmademeatless!

    I wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. May you be surrounded by the ones you love and with plenty of good food. Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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    Nancy Lopez is a food blogger and author of the cookbook Mexican Tamales Made Meatless. Born in Mexico, raised in the US, and currently living in Southern Mexico, she has followed a meatless diet for almost 10 years. It is her passion and mission to share all she has learned about vegan Mexican cooking and vegetarian Mexican recipes. Mexican Made Meatless is a blog dedicated to preserving the authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine just without the meat. It’s a place to celebrate Mexican culture and all it’s delightfully delicious traditional foods. Read more…

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    What's the difference between classic and old fashioned eggnog? ›

    Old-Fashioned Eggnog

    Usually, compared to classic eggnog, this version is stronger and creamier in taste and texture. Top it off with freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.

    How long does homemade eggnog last in the refrigerator? ›

    Expired eggs and milk can grow bacteria and lead to food poisoning, which wouldn't be a holly, jolly Christmas. The Food and Drug Administration suggests consuming commercial eggnog within three to five days of opening a carton, and you should drink homemade eggnog within two to four days of making.

    How do you make eggnog in 1859? ›

    From 'The Philosophy of Housekeeping' By Joseph Bardwell Lyman, 1859. Egg Nog. — Teaspoonful of sugar well beaten with an egg; add a gill of milk, and then, by degrees, one or two tablespoonfuls of good French brandy; spice with grated nutmeg.

    What is eggnog made of without eggs? ›

    Blend 2 cups milk, sugar, pudding mix, rum-flavored extract, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger in a blender on medium-high speed until smooth; pour into a pitcher. Stir remaining 3 cups milk into mixture. Refrigerate eggnog until thickened, at least 1 hour. Stir well before serving.

    What alcohol is most commonly used in eggnog? ›

    While brandy is the most traditional alcohol to pair with eggnog, according to traditional recipes, you can also use a mixture of dark rum and Cognac. If you like your eggnog with more of a kick you can also add bourbon, but we recommend sticking to rum and Cognac to preserve the 'nog's flavors.

    What is the best alcohol for eggnog? ›

    Brandy: Makes the Most Traditional Eggnog.

    Does homemade eggnog go bad? ›

    Homemade eggnog typically lasts 2-3 days if stored in 40º F or less under the proper conditions. Store-bought eggnog lasts 5-7 days after opening if it has been refrigerated. Canned eggnog lasts 4 to 5 months and around 5-7 days after opening.

    Can you drink year old eggnog? ›

    Best Eggnog Recipe

    Game plan: It's good to give the eggnog a full 3 weeks of aging or up to 1 year, but you can drink it right away; however, the flavor will be less rounded.

    Can I freeze homemade eggnog? ›

    If you want to extend the shelf life of eggnog beyond a few days, freezing is the way to go. Frozen eggnog lasts up to six months. Beyond this period of time, the quality of the eggnog will start to drop, so your best bet is to consume it within 4-6 months.

    What is George Washington's recipe for eggnog? ›

    “One-quart cream, one-quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one-pint brandy, ½ pint rye whiskey, ½ pint Jamaica rum, ¼ pint sherry – mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of 12 eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating.

    What was the original eggnog made of? ›

    "While culinary historians debate its exact lineage, most agree eggnog originated from the early medieval" British drink called posset, which was made with hot milk that was curdled with wine or ale and flavored with spices.

    Why is aged eggnog better? ›

    The idea? Make a batch of eggnog and let it age for at least three weeks in the refrigerator before drinking. The rest period supposedly drives off eggy taste while giving the other flavors a chance to meld. At the same time, the alcohol has a chance to kill any potential pathogens in the mix.

    What's a good substitute for eggnog? ›

    If you are really looking to knock out some calories, consider purchasing soy nog or rice nog. These alternatives to regular eggnog contain less fat and nearly half the calories of regular store-bought eggnog. Vanilla chai tea is also a great holiday alternative for those with non-dairy diets.

    What is vegan eggnog made of? ›

    Eggnog is a rich, seasonal beverage traditionally made with eggs, milk, sugar, nutmeg, and bourbon. Our version, however, is a little different. It's made with a blend of creamy dairy-free milks — we love cashew, almond, and coconut.

    Which rum for eggnog? ›

    "When choosing a rum, I personally find a spiced rum to be the best for the flavors incorporated in eggnogs," he said. "Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum is best for its quality and flavor profile.”

    Are there different types of eggnog? ›

    In the American South, eggnog is made with bourbon. Eggnog is called "coquito" in Puerto Rico, where rum and fresh coconut juice or coconut milk are used in its preparation. Mexican eggnog, also known as "rompope", was developed in Santa Clara.

    Why does store bought eggnog taste different? ›

    Made with the typical ingredients (minus the alcohol), you'll also find thickeners and stabilizers, artificial colors and flavors; some are also sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.

    Is eggnog better aged? ›

    The aged and the freshly made batches tasted strikingly different. The aged eggnog was rounder, smoother, and noticeably more complex, with a satisfying start-to-finish flavor that was as adult as its alcohol content.

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