If there's anything better than having an easy eggnog recipe for your gathering, it's the way homemade eggnog says 'welcome' to your guests.
And nothing says "home" like a 'nog made with honey, well, unless it's well spiked eggnog made with honey, which this is. But if you prefer a less potent eggnog? Simply cut back on the brandy or try the non-alcoholic egg nog recipe below.
You'll also find several delicious ways to eat leftover eggnog! Yes, eat.
1 dozen eggs*
1 cup honey
3 quarts whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
4 cups (32 ounces) brandy or
3 cups brandy and 1 cup apricot brandy
Ice mold, optional
How to make eggnog:
Separate the egg whites and yolks. Beat the yolks until fluffy and combine the yolks with the honey. Set aside.
In a large bowl or punch bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Stir in the yolk mixture. Add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg, and brandy. Chill.
Transfer to a punch bowl, if you haven't already. Just before serving, stir in the whipped cream. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Float an ice mold or pack ice around the punch bowl.
Makes about 40 servings. (It's not necessary but, if you like, you can top each serving with a little whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Great either way.)
If you're a little squeamish about consuming raw eggs, or if you want your eggnog to be a little thicker, follow these directions using the amounts above. Very easy, but it takes about an hour.
Alternate Directions, for Cooked Eggnog
No need to separate the eggs or whip the cream. Beat the eggs
well and combine them with the honey, milk, vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg, and
In a large pot, heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until it reaches 160 degrees. Next, and this is important, pour the eggnog through a large strainer to filter any bits of cooked egg. Chill, then stir in the brandy and serve. (If you are not adding any alcohol you can serve it warm. Nice.)
Non Alcoholic Eggnog Recipe
Follow the recipe above, substituting 2 teaspoons rum extract for the brandy. Makes about 32 servings.
On the off chance that you have leftover eggnog, here are a few delicious things to do with it that will make you hope and plan for leftovers: