Classic Egg Nog Recipe


classic egg nog recipe

Feel the holiday spirit with a cup of homemade classic egg nog.


  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 quart milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Garnishes or stir-ins (optional)


  1. In large saucepan, beat together eggs, sugar and salt, if desired. Stir in 2 cups of the milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film and reaches at least 160 degrees, which takes about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in remaining 2 cups milk and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, several hours or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, pour into bowl or pitcher. Garnish or add stir-ins, if desired. Serve immediately.

*For faster preparation, heat milk until very warm before stirring it into eggs and sugar.

Garnishes or Stir-Ins

Choose one or several:

  • chocolate curls
  • maraschino cherries
  • cinnamon sticks
  • orange slices
  • extracts or flavorings
  • peppermint sticks or candy cane
  • flavored brandy or liqueur, plain brandy, rum or whiskey
  • fruit juice or nectar
  • sherbet or ice cream
  • ground nutmeg
  • whipping cream.

Recipe Courtesy of N.C. Egg Association

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