Yield 8 cups
Homemade Eggnog is rich and creamy with warm undertones from the nutmeg. It's a tradition that for me, just says it's the holidays.
- 8 large eggs, separated
- 2/3 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 cups whole milk
- 3/4 cup bourbon or whiskey [See Note 2]
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated [See Note 3]
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 2/3 cup sugar and continue to mix together until it has dissolved.
- Add the milk, cream, bourbon (or whiskey) and nutmeg and stir to combine. If you chose to omit the alcohol, increase the milk by 3/4 cup to account for the omission.
- Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 2 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Whisk the egg whites into the milk mixture. Chill and serve.
- This recipe is easily doubled.
- The alcohol may be omitted without substitution.
- Nutmeg adds a warmth and flavor to the eggnog.
Kitchen Dreaming suggests caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method. The packaging will tell you if the eggs have been pasteurized.