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Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a great day. We are winding down our 2 week long bash at Fiesta Friday but the party is still going strong. The delicious food keeps pouring in, It has been so much fun co hosting the party with my good friendsΒ Judi, Mollie, Steffi, and of course our dear host Angie who has been tirelessly throwing this party every week for 2 years. This very special 100th Fiesta Friday has been a blast, the holidays are now a thing of the past but I want to contribute one more recipe, it’s something I make every year and for me it’s a New Years tradition. I have published this recipe before but it’s worth doing again simply because it’s delicious and just screams holiday!!

Eggnog

Makes 1 quart eggnog base

2 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar

6-8 egg yolks (I use 8)

2 tsp vanilla extract

Place egg yolks and sugar in mixing bowl and either whisk or use electric mixer to combine the yolks and sugar until thick and pale yellow. Place milk and cream on stove and heat until scalding (not boiling) add half the hot milk/cream to egg yolks whisking constantly. Pour back into pan with the remaining milk, cook on medium heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. You are making a custard, check frequently when the custard starts to thicken by dipping the spoon in the custard, swipe a line on the back of the spoon and if it stays intact the custard is done. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and transfer to a heat proof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, it should sit directly on the custard and refrigerate at least 4 hours preferably overnight.

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Making the eggnog

1 quart egg nog base

1 pint vanilla or eggnog ice cream (optional)

1 cup heavy cream whipped

fresh nutmeg grated

rum extract to taste

To make boozy egg nog omit rum extract and add rum or I like to add rum and cognac or brandy. You decide how much, I like to add 1/4 cup rum and 1/4 cup brandy.

Pour the eggnog base into serving container, whip the cream adding just a little sugar. Soften your ice cream and add in scoops to the eggnog, let it melt, it’s ok. Top with whipped cream and generous grating of nutmeg. If you don’t use ice cream divide the whipped cream and fold half into the eggnog base and top with the other half.

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115 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi Suzanne – I recall your saying you had a love affair with eggnog LOL Yumified.

    January 3, 2016
    • Thanks Cheryl, I do love eggnog. Only drink it once a year, it’s quite fattening but figure just once in moderation is ok.

      January 3, 2016
  2. happy New Year’s Suzanne, I have not had eggnog in ages, these look delicious, Love the fresh nutmeg grated on top.

    January 3, 2016
    • Thank you! It’s a once a year thing for me but I really love it and the leftover makes great bread pudding or French toast!

      January 3, 2016
  3. Eggnog – what a souvenir ! πŸ™‚ Thank you Suzanne for your sweet idea πŸ™‚

    January 3, 2016
  4. Ooo Suzanne, the photos are so beautiful that I can almost smell the nutmeg. I especially liked the tip about testing the custard part.
    I never knew so much went into making eggnog. But the results look marvelous.
    I’m so glad you are continuing your blog this year. I really enjoy my visits. Happy New Year hugs!

    January 3, 2016
    • Thanks Teagan, I found some sun today so the photo’s are nice and bright!! Yes the custard is pretty much the same that you would use for ice cream or creme anglaise. If it leaves a line when you run your finger on the back of a wooden spoon it’s ready. Thank you so much!

      January 3, 2016
  5. An Adult Milk Shake…yum…🌟

    January 3, 2016
  6. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, your recipe for eggnog is just so good! I would love mine with the rum, please:) What a fantastic way to start the New Year!

    January 3, 2016
    • Oh yes me too!! Rum makes it eggnog for me along with a grating of nutmeg. Happy New Year!

      January 3, 2016
  7. I’ve never had eggnog before! I think it’s high time I tried it cause after these beautiful pics, I don’t think I can stop myself from making it☺

    January 3, 2016
    • Oh try it Lina, even if you only have it once a year it’s worth it. It really is wonderful, thank you so much.

      January 3, 2016
      • Ok..will do it asap:)

        January 3, 2016
  8. Yummy delicious! I love this creamy concoction!

    January 3, 2016
  9. Such a delicious drink! πŸ™‚

    January 3, 2016
  10. I love eggnog; esp with Kentucky Bourbon! Cheers.

    January 3, 2016
    • I have been known to mix my alcohol in the egg nog, bourbon, rum, brandy or cognac. Potent for sure. Thanks Michelle.

      January 3, 2016
  11. Your eggnog looks like nectar! Happy New Year to you and santΓ© ! πŸ™‚

    January 3, 2016
  12. I only knew eggnog as a yellow insanely sweet and pudding-scented liquid out of a bottle – you’ve opened my eyes to a completely new universe!! I’ll so be making this next Christmas … or even next weekend …
    I’ll never succeed as a dryathlete.

    January 3, 2016
    • Oh this egg nog is great, not tremendously sweet, nicely boozy, creamy it’s a once a year drink I always love. Thanks so much!!

      January 3, 2016
      • I can’t wait to give it a try!

        January 3, 2016
  13. Looks delicious – I’m glad you made a low-fat version LOL. The holidays would not be the same without some eggnog!

    January 3, 2016
    • OMG, can’t stop laughing, yep won’t add an inch (2 maybe). Thanks Judi and I agree, I make it every year.

      January 3, 2016
  14. Hey Suzanne, Happy New Year to you ! I am so pleased you have posted this Eggnog recipe ! Now I can make it, yay !!!! We don’t get eggnog here in South Africa, so now I can make it myself πŸ™‚

    January 3, 2016
    • Happy New Year Lynne, I am sorry to just be responding. I did on my mobile phone but for some reason the reply did not register. Thank you so much I think it’s great that you will make egg nog in South Africa, you will have to let me know how you like it if you try. Thank you again.

      January 9, 2016
  15. I have never been a fan of store-bought eggnog, but your homemade version sounds so creamy and luscious I’m sure I’d be a convert to this kind of eggnog!

    January 3, 2016
    • It’s so much better than what you buy already made. You can adjust to your taste, thank you so much!!

      January 3, 2016
  16. I have to confess that I have never tried egg nog ever though I love eggs. Now that I have the recipe handy, I think I might wanna give this a try πŸ™‚

    January 3, 2016
  17. Looks delicious, lovely recipe Suzanne!

    January 3, 2016
  18. This is a really fun party! I think I put up my link! Yumm your recipe looks so good. I want some Suzanne! xx

    January 3, 2016
    • Lynn you should. You have until tomorrow before it closes to link ups.

      January 3, 2016
      • OK I posted eggs, that was boring haha I will post my cookies or something more holiday! How are you Suzanne?

        January 3, 2016
      • Great Lynn make sure you link it to your blog post. I’m ok thank you so much for asking.

        January 3, 2016
      • I think I did I hope πŸ™‚

        January 3, 2016
  19. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Oh my I love eggnog and the rum extract puts it over the top.

    January 3, 2016
  20. This looks real good Suzanne, the sun is setting here and that would be the right time for one of your gorgeous looking eggnog πŸ˜„ Hugs and a Happy New Year

    January 3, 2016
    • I had some tonight it’s so good and a little is enough it’s very rich! Thank you so much.

      January 3, 2016
  21. Yum! Homemade eggnog is such a treat and good any time of day; I’ve been known to put a splash in my morning coffee! Cheers to you, Suzanne!

    January 3, 2016
    • You know what I think I’ll give that a try this morning. Thank you so much.

      January 4, 2016
  22. SO festive!!! Cheers and Happy New Year!!!

    January 3, 2016
  23. Looks delightful, Suzanne! Cheers!

    January 3, 2016
  24. This sounds wonderful!! I’ll have to make it for my daughter who loves eggnog!

    January 3, 2016
  25. Such a lovely eggnog and very close to mine, but I’ve never had any ice-cream. I might have to try it! I think I’ll have mine with Brandy, please!!

    January 4, 2016
    • I had never added ice cream before either but had some eggnog ice cream in the freezer and decided to give it a try and it was really good so the idea stuck. Thanks so much.

      January 4, 2016
      • It’s brilliant

        January 4, 2016
      • Having right now and it is brilliant, great way to use the leftover eggnog. Never thought to add to coffee Thank you.

        January 4, 2016
  26. Enjoy the partying Suzanne but stay sober.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    January 4, 2016
    • LOL, yes I will, both enjoy and stay sober. Thaks David, hugs right back!!

      January 4, 2016
  27. Beautiful pictures….looks and sounds delicious too…. Happy New year Suzanne. ..

    January 4, 2016
  28. skd #

    What a festive treat Suzanne!! Looks delicious!!
    Hugs and Regards
    Ana

    January 4, 2016
  29. Oh Suzanne, eggnog used to be one of my favorite holiday drinks! Sadly, I developed a lactose intolerance over the years and can no longer enjoy it. I tried the soy milk version this year, but nothing tastes as good as the real thing!

    January 4, 2016
    • Heather, sorry you are lactose intolerant. You are saving quite a lot of calories though by not having it. It is part of my holiday celebration every year. Soy eggnot, hmmm… no that would not be the same at all, maybe almond milk and almond cream with the eggs and others stuff might be nice. Happy New Year Heather, thank you so much and have a great week

      January 4, 2016
  30. You may only enjoy your eggnog once a year but I’m sure that makes it all the more special. Wishing you all the best in this new year.

    January 4, 2016
  31. I am really not an egg person. But this looks so refreshing and tasty! I think my hubby would love this! Happy New Year β™₯

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    January 4, 2016
    • Totally get that about the egg thing. If you love dairy you could make a milk punch with the same flavors only minus the egg. Happy New Year and thank you.

      January 4, 2016
  32. Happy New Year Suzanne!!! I hope it’s fabulous!!! Cheers!! πŸ™‚

    January 4, 2016
  33. I’ve never made eggnog, it is something my grandmother used to have. Always a boozy version, which is sold in the supermarket and is very yellow in color. When making a custard, I like to use a thermometer so I can heat it more quickly and still stop before it boils (85C/185F). Happy new year, Suzanne!

    January 4, 2016
    • Thank you Stefan, I grew up drinking egg nog. It was a New Years tradition to have it on New Years Eve. Yes a thermometer comes in handy when making custard for sure. Thank you so much.

      January 4, 2016
  34. petra08 #

    A beautiful eggnog treat! πŸ™‚ x

    January 4, 2016
  35. Hi Suzanne, I always used to think I didn’t like eggnog until I had my aunt’s homemade eggnog. I really wanted to make it this year, but didn’t get it done. Your recipe sounds so good with the ice cream in it. I like the idea of it being a new year’s tradition. Maybe next year! Happy new year to you!

    January 4, 2016
    • Thanks Shari, yes homemade is the way to go for sure. The stuff you buy in the store, at least a lot of it has stuff in it thats well, unnatural I guess to make it thick and preserve etc… The ice cream is wonderful in it. Happy New Year.

      January 4, 2016
  36. I have never had eggnog, since I have allergy to eggs. Maybe I should try the recipe work with a vegan version? Sorry, that’s more of a rhetoric question πŸ™‚ I will put some thoughts into it.

    January 4, 2016
    • You can make a milk punch, no eggs required and the spicing is pretty much the same. Thank you Aspara and a very Happy New Year to you.

      January 9, 2016
  37. I haven’t heard r tried this… Looks inviting.. I was looking for way to give my son eggs this s grt way.. Thanku u

    January 4, 2016
  38. I love virgin eggnog. I was introduced to it when I came to US. It was love at first sip. πŸ™‚

    January 5, 2016
  39. CC #

    I’m not a big eggnog fan, but I’ve made it in the past for my husband. Have no clue which recipe I used, but yours sounds good! Eggnog is great to cook with too! Thank you, Suzanne!

    January 5, 2016
    • I love cooking with as well as drinking egg nog. It is delicious I hope you will have a wonderful 2016 and thank you so much.

      January 9, 2016
  40. oh, I have to prepare it! πŸ˜€

    January 5, 2016
  41. Happy New Year Suzanne! Can you believe I have never had eggnog in my life? True! I wish I could grab one of these little beauties and taste it!

    January 5, 2016
    • A lot of people have never had it before. It is delicious and I recommend you add to your bucket list, it’s wonderful!! Thank you Katerina and Happy New Year!!

      January 5, 2016
  42. I’m going to pretend I didn’t see all the fatty ingredients in here…Eggnog is a holiday favorite but I only let myself have it for about a week.

    January 5, 2016
    • Oh my yes it is loaded fat and it has sugar. This is something I make once a year and thats it and I enjoy immensely but in moderation for sure. I allow indulgences around the holidays and have to get back on track when they are over.

      January 5, 2016
  43. That would not last long in our house. Not long at all!

    January 5, 2016
  44. What a great eggnog recipe. I just want to reach in an drink it all πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you! All good things.

    January 5, 2016
    • Happy New Year Amanda and thank you so much, wishing you a wonderful 2016.

      January 5, 2016
  45. This is in my to do list for long time.. This recipe looks perfect and absolutely delicious.

    January 6, 2016
    • Thank you, it is really delicious, egg nog is such a holiday tradition here wouldn’t do without it.

      January 6, 2016
  46. I still have not tried egg nog before… hopefully I’ll get around making it before 2016 ends :p Happy New Year to you and your family Suzanne! I think 2015 has been a tough year for you and I hope 2016 will be a kinder and even more fun and amazing one! Take care!

    January 7, 2016
    • You are so kind, thank you so much Jasline. Yes 2015 has been terrible, honestly, really bad and I am glad to see it over. I wish you the best new year ever, lots of happines, prosperity and all things good. Thank you!

      January 7, 2016
  47. Well, of course you make your own egg nog! πŸ˜‰ Culinary maven. You could turn any leftovers (not that there would be any!) into icecream. Any added boozy elements would keep it from over churning, too.

    January 7, 2016
    • Oh thank you so much Shanna, LOL, egg nog has been a tradition in my family as far back as I can remember, my family always bought it, I thought why not give it a try making it and it stuck, it’s just so good. Yes ice cream, french toast, coffee creamer, pancakes, bread pudding if there are leftovers there are so many ways to use them up and absolutely the boozy element will keep it from freezing hard. Thank you so much Shanna.

      January 7, 2016
  48. Happy New Year, Suzanne! There is nothing as delicious as homemade eggnog and your photos are very enticing. Wishing you a peaceful, joyous and delicious 2016!

    January 8, 2016
    • Same to you Hannah, thank you so much and I hope 2016 is the best year ever for you and your family.

      January 9, 2016
  49. This sounds totally yum.

    January 9, 2016
  50. So adventurous Suzanne!! (and festive!)– I’ve only had eggnog from a carton. I know this has to be better!! Happy New Year to you dear blog-friend!

    January 10, 2016
    • Thanks Rhonda. I make eggnog every year by the barrel and give to family and friends as well as keep a little for me. It was a family tradition to have egg nog when the clock strikes 12. Thank you so much!!

      January 10, 2016
      • Well, I’d just like to be your neighbor & recipient of this eggnog!! Happy weekend!

        January 10, 2016
      • If you were my neighbor you would have a quart for sure.

        January 10, 2016
  51. I’ve never made an eggnog, and I’ve always wanted too. I’ll follow your boozy version! πŸ˜€

    January 10, 2016
    • Highly recommend the boozy version but then the virgin is good also. Thanks Sofia.

      January 10, 2016
      • I’m sure the virgin is good. But the boozy must be more exciting πŸ˜‰ hehe

        January 10, 2016
      • LOL, absolutely!!

        January 10, 2016

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