Traditional Eggnog Recipes & Types

by Vanya Sharma last updated -

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. [1]

Eggnog in glasses with star anise and cinnamon on wooden table for Christmas and winter holidays

Eggnog is a festive drink enjoyed all over the world. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size :
Water [g]82.54
Energy 88
Energy [kJ]367
Protein [g]4.55
Total lipid (fat) [g]4.19
Ash [g]0.67
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]8.05
Sugars, total including NLEA [g]8.05
Sucrose [g]0.04
Glucose (dextrose) [g]0.07
Fructose [g]0.04
Lactose [g]7.84
Maltose [g]0.04
Galactose [g]0.04
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
Thiamin [mg]0.03
Riboflavin [mg]0.19
Niacin [mg]0.11
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
Betaine [mg]0.6
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0.45
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]59
Retinol [µg]58
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
4:0 [g]0.13
6:0 [g]0.08
8:0 [g]0.04
10:0 [g]0.1
12:0 [g]0.11
14:0 [g]0.4
16:0 [g]1.13
18:0 [g]0.51
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]1.3
16:1 [g]0.1
18:1 [g]1.14
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0.2
18:2 [g]0.13
18:3 [g]0.06
20:4 [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]59
Tryptophan [g]0.09
Threonine [g]0.2
Isoleucine [g]0.24
Leucine [g]0.38
Lysine [g]0.26
Methionine [g]0.12
Cystine [g]0.06
Phenylalanine [g]0.23
Tyrosine [g]0.2
Valine [g]0.29
Arginine [g]0.19
Histidine [g]0.11
Alanine [g]0.2
Aspartic acid [g]0.4
Glutamic acid [g]0.78
Glycine [g]0.13
Proline [g]0.35
Serine [g]0.24
Sources include : USDA [2]

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 Version

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

Eggnog Nutrition

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. [4]

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.

Eggnog in glasses with star anise and cinnamon on wooden table for Christmas and winter holidays

Delicious Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Indulge in this lip-smacking and tasty eggnog recipe and share it with one and all!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Eggnog Recipe
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Sakina Kheriwala



  • 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. 
    Eggnog in two glasses garnished with cinnamon sticks, in a festive setting


The FDA recommends heating - or pasteurizing - the mixture to 160 degrees to avoid any risk of salmonella.

 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. Protection Status
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    Vanya Sharma is a writer at heart with interests in the health and nutrition domain and has experience in content creation, collaboration, and content strategy. 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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