Amazing Eggnog Recipe & Its Types

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There are many different recipes for making this iconic Christmas drink, that is eggnog. The many eggnog recipes include vegan eggnog, non-alcoholic eggnog, alcoholic eggnog, and homemade eggnog

Types of Eggnog Recipe

Let us take a look at the various ways to prepare eggnog.

Nonalcoholic Eggnog Recipe

The nonalcoholic variety of eggnog, as the name suggests, does not contain any alcohol. It is simply made with eggs, milk, cream, and water.

Alcoholic Eggnog Recipe

While the recipe for alcoholic eggnog remains just the same as the non-alcoholic variety, it simply has alcohol in it. Most commonly, either rum, brandy, cognac or bourbon is used for preparing alcoholic eggnog. The alcohol is added to the recipe after the mixture of milk and egg is prepared.

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Dairy-free Eggnog Recipe

To prepare a dairy-free eggnog recipe, you can use many of the amazing alternatives that include the following:

You can just replace dairy milk with these alternatives and the rest of the recipe remains the same!

Vegan Eggnog Recipe

To prepare a vegan alternative to eggnog you can substitute dairy and eggs with the following:

Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Preparing eggnog is not that monstrous of a task. It involves the mixing of certain ingredients, heating them, and then refrigerating the whole mix. We have discussed the detailed recipe below.


  • 3 large pasteurized eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, cloves, lemon zest, and cinnamon


  • Step 1: Add eggs, sugar, and a pinch of salt to a bowl.
  • Step 2: Whisk the mixture properly.
  • Step 3: Add milk and 3/4 of the cream to a saucepan and heat it till the liquid starts to steam.
  • Step 4: Mix the egg batter with milk and cream.
  • Step 5: Re-heat the milk-egg mixture on medium heat now and keep stirring it till the mixture is thick enough to stick to the spoon.
  • Step 6: Add nutmeg and vanilla extract to the mix and let it cool. You can keep it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days for optimum temperature and consistency levels.
  • Step 7: Whip the remaining cream in a bowl and add it to the milk-egg mixture to give your eggnog a thick and creamy texture.
  • Step 8: Sprinkle cloves, cinnamon, and lemon zest on top. Serve it cold!

As per your preferences, you can tweak the recipe here and there to make it vegan, dairy-free, alcoholic, or non-alcoholic.

Note: The FDA recommends heating – or pasteurizing – the mixture to 160 degrees to avoid any risk of salmonella. Protection Status
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Vanya Sharma handles the medical expert collaboration for Organic Facts. She is also responsible for the website’s monthly newsletter and website content and contributes to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube regularly. A writer at heart, she joined the website while she was still pursuing her English Literature degree from IGNOU, Delhi, India. Vanya has completed the “Introduction to Food and Health” certificate program from Stanford University, US. She aims to bring unbiased and helpful information to all those seeking to make their health and lifestyle a priority.

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