There are many different recipes for making this iconic Christmas drink, which 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.
Dairy-free Eggnog Recipe
|Serving Size :|
|Total lipid (fat) [g]||4.19|
|Carbohydrate, by difference [g]||8.05|
|Sugars, total including NLEA [g]||8.05|
|Glucose (dextrose) [g]||0.07|
|Calcium, Ca [mg]||130|
|Iron, Fe [mg]||0.2|
|Magnesium, Mg [mg]||19|
|Phosphorus, P [mg]||109|
|Potassium, K [mg]||165|
|Sodium, Na [mg]||54|
|Zinc, Zn [mg]||0.46|
|Copper, Cu [mg]||0.01|
|Manganese, Mn [mg]||0.01|
|Selenium, Se [µg]||4.2|
|Fluoride, F [µg]||0.2|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]||1.5|
|Pantothenic acid [mg]||0.42|
|Vitamin B-6 [mg]||0.05|
|Folate, total [µg]||1|
|Folate, food [µg]||1|
|Folate, DFE [µg]||1|
|Choline, total [mg]||52.2|
|Vitamin B-12 [µg]||0.45|
|Vitamin A, RAE [µg]||59|
|Carotene, beta [µg]||7|
|Vitamin A, IU [IU]||206|
|Lutein + zeaxanthin [µg]||54|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]||0.21|
|Tocopherol, gamma [mg]||0.08|
|Vitamin D (D2 + D3), International Units [IU]||49|
|Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]||1.2|
|Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) [µg]||1.2|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]||0.3|
|Fatty acids, total saturated [g]||2.59|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]||1.3|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]||0.2|
|Aspartic acid [g]||0.4|
|Glutamic acid [g]||0.78|
|Sources include : USDA |
To prepare a dairy-free eggnog recipe, you can use many of the amazing alternatives that include the following:
- Soy milk
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
You can just replace dairy milk with these alternatives and the rest of the recipe remains the same!
Vegan Eggnog Version
To prepare a vegan alternative to eggnog you can substitute dairy and eggs with the following:
- Use almond or cashew milk in place of dairy milk. 
- Use cashews in place of eggs.
- Use Medjool dates in place of sugar.
According to the USDA, eggnog provides many energy and many nutrients that include protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and B vitamins. Please head over to Is Eggnog Healthy for more details. 
Let us look at how to make this easily at home!
Homemade Eggnog Recipe
Preparing eggnog involves the mixing of certain ingredients, heating them, and then refrigerating the whole mix. Here is the detailed recipe.
Delicious Homemade Eggnog Recipe
- Add eggs, sugar, and a pinch of salt to a bowl.
- Whisk the mixture properly.
- Add milk and 3/4 of the cream to a saucepan and heat it till the liquid starts to steam.
- Mix the egg batter with milk and cream.
- Re-heat the milk-egg mixture on medium heat now, and keep stirring it until the mixture is thick enough to stick to the spoon.
- Add nutmeg and vanilla extract to the mix and allow it to cool. You can keep it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days for optimum temperature and consistency levels.
As per your preferences, you can tweak the recipe here and there to make it vegan, dairy-free, alcoholic, or non-alcoholic.
Word of Caution: Eggnog is a high-calorie, high-fat drink and needs to be enjoyed in moderation. Consuming excessive eggnog with alcohol can cause intoxication. Also, people with milk or egg allergies, especially children, should avoid the drink.