Christmas Eggnog (Eggnog)

Eggnog recipe - Lilie Bakery

A comforting and delicious recipe: the Eggnog ! Behind this funny name hides a traditional drink that is prepared like custard, to which we add spices. We love to taste it while waiting for Christmas ...

What is eggnog?

Eggnog takes its name from its ingredients: milk and egg yolks in particular. It is above all a very fragrant drink thanks to the spices. A winter recipe that is very easy to prepare, with few ingredients. For amateurs, it is also possible to add a touch of rum ...

Ingredients to plan for the eggnog

To prepare this drink you will needsimple ingredients that you certainly already have in your cupboards:

  • milk : whole (my preference because smoother) or semi-skimmed
  • egg yolks : this is what will create the eggnog texture
  • light brown sugar : instead of the white sugar traditionally used, I prefer brown sugar here because it brings even more flavor to the eggnog. Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to your personal taste.
  • cannelle et nutmeg : these are the Christmas spices par excellence!
  • salt and vanilla : they reveal all the aromas of this drink.

If you want to add a touch of whipped cream on top, you will also need whipping cream.

NB: the detailed recipe with the quantities is given to you at the bottom of the page.

How to make eggnog?

He's very simple to prepare eggnog at home. On the one hand, we heat the milk and spices in a saucepan. On the other, we whip the yolks and sugar. Finally we combine the two and add the vanilla to obtain this drink with a beautiful golden color.

  1. First, heat the milk with the spices in a pot.
  2. Apart whisk the egg yolks and brown sugar then put the two together
  3. We whip, we whip, we whip to avoid lumps!
  4. Remove from the heat, add vanilla and let cool.
  5. All that remains is to cover the drink and refrigerate it so that it takes on its ideal texture.

As an option, for the greediest, I advise you to add a touch of whipped cream in a pastry bag (no need to sweeten it in my opinion) and place it on your glasses of eggnog.

My tips for successful homemade eggnog

  • Whisk the egg yolks and brown sugar well to have a smooth and homogeneous texture.
  • do not stop whisking the milk-yolk mixture on the fire to avoid getting bits of cooked yolks in your eggnog.
  • if you have lumps in your eggnog: simply pass the mixture through a sieve (fine strainer) to remove them before refrigerating the drink.
Eggnog recipe - Lilie Bakery

How to taste eggnog?

It may seem surprising to you for a winter drink, but eggnog is consumed most often cold. However, it can be reheated if you prefer (without whipped cream therefore). This is also the case when we add a touch of alcohol like rum or whiskey.

How to store this homemade eggnog?

Once made, this eggnog can be stored in an airtight container. in the fridge for up to 3 days. I advise you to taste it freshly prepared (on D-day or the day before) it will be better. You will add the whipped cream (optional) when serving in the glasses.

Eggnog recipe - Lilie Bakery

Other recipes to try

If you like homemade Christmas treats, you will also find other recipes on my blog that are perfect for the holidays:

If you make this eggnog recipe, feel free to rate the recipe below and tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your homemade eggnog!

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Christmas Eggnog (Eggnog)

A creamy drink flavored with spices. A real delight to enjoy as it is or with whipped cream for even more indulgence!
Prep time15 minutes
Cook time3 minutes
Total18 minutes
Recipe type: Beverages
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Eggnog
Yield: 4 people



  • 600 ml whole milk or failing that, semi-skimmed
  • 55 g light brown sugar quantity to dose according to your taste
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 big pinches of cinnamon
  • 2 big pinches of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 0,25 tsp natural vanilla extract

Whipped cream (option)

  • 200 ml whole cream 30% mg
  • Cinnamon for the decor



  • In a saucepan, heat the milk with the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stop just before boiling.
  • In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the brown sugar until the mixture becomes clear and frothy.
  • Add a spoonful of hot milk to the yolks while whisking to avoid "cooking" the yolks. Then pour the yolks / sugar mixture into the saucepan.
  • Return to heat for a few minutes over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. The mixture should thicken slightly, it will finish thickening in the fridge afterwards.
  • Off the heat, pass the mixture through a sieve to remove any pieces of cooked egg yolk, if there are any.
  • Add the vanilla then let cool before placing in a container (with spout it is more practical). Cover with cling film and refrigerate until the drink is very cold.
  • Pour the contents into glasses and sprinkle with cinnamon (or top with whipped cream below).

Whipped cream

  • Whip the whipping cream in the bowl of the food processor or with a mixer. Garnish a pastry bag then place a nice dose of whipped cream on each drink. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy.


This eggnog will keep in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days, in a well-sealed container. 
Did you make this recipe?Tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see the result :)
December 17, 2021



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    December 24, 2021

    Thank you for this recipe :) I'm going tomorrow morning. Happy Holidays !

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    December 26, 2021

    5 stars
    Hello and Merry Christmas,
    Thanks for the recipe that I only knew by name, I will try it this week.
    Beautiful day

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      Lilie bakery

      December 30, 2021

      Hello Céline, she is very quick to prepare, and for the Christmas holidays, it's a great activity :)

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    8th November 2023

    I'm from Brittany and when I was little my grandmother made us eggnog before bed when it was cold. I liked it and we fell asleep quickly afterwards. It was simple, hot milk, Jaune d egg.sugar or honey. It's a very good memory

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      Lilie bakery

      10th November 2023

      Thank you Marie for your message! Very comforting as a drink, you are right ;) See you soon


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