Homemade Southern Eggnog

The coziest creamy Homemade Southern Eggnog with Bourbon and Nutmeg… for all the nights ahead that just need a little dash of something festive and Christmas-y. Super simple pantry staples mixed with the classic Eggnog ingredients of bourbon and nutmeg. But what makes this drink so special? Whipping the heavy cream, egg whites, and egg yolks, then gently folding them in all together to give you the fluffiest, most delicious eggnog ever! This drink is truly the perfect holiday classic Southern Eggnog, and it’s a delicious December treat!

eggnog in two glasses with nutmeg on top with milk, bourbon, and cinnamon sticks

About The Recipe

I will be completely honest. I had never tried eggnog until this year! It wasn’t ever a big thing in my house. On the days leading up to Christmas, we were always baking gingerbread cookies, nut cake, and cheese straws.

Eggnog didn’t really come into the mix until this year! We were going through my great grandmother’s old cookbook and found a recipe for her eggnog.

According to my mom, she had the best ever eggnog recipe! It was always the one drink everyone wanted during the holiday’s, but I’ll be honest…the recipe in the cookbook was so confusing!

So, we decided to give it a little update.

Turns out, eggnog is actually delicious! Creamy, not too sweet, bourbon-y, and a touch of nutmeg to round out all those amazing flavors…

And, not to mention, it’s not only just a seriously delicious holiday drink. It’s the perfect drink to make so many things with!

glass of eggnog with cinnamon sticks, spoon, bourbon, and milk behind

From french toast to cookies, I think this eggnog might just be the ultimate holiday treat!

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • Egg Whites
  • Egg Yolks
  • Sugar
  • Heavy Cream
  • Whole Milk
  • Bourbon
bourbon, sugar, heavy cream, egg whites, egg yolks, and whole milk on marble counter

Instructions

In a medium bowl, beat together the egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar until fluffy and pale in color. About 2-3 minutes.

Stir in the bourbon. Set aside.

bourbon stirred into egg yolks

In a large bowl with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Add sugar and beat until stiff peaks, about 2 minutes. Set aside.

Beat heavy cream in a medium sized bowl until stiff peaks. About 1 minute.

Fold the whipped cream into the egg yolk mixture.

Add the egg yolk mixture to the egg whites and gently fold in.

Stir in the whole milk.

whole milk stirred into eggnog

Store in the fridge or serve immediately! This recipe is better after it sits for a few days, but it can be drunk immediately. Just make sure to dust lightly with nutmeg!

What To Serve With Eggnog…

The possibilities are endless! You can make things with eggnog or just serve it along side some stuff! It’s the ultimate holiday treat. Here are some of our favorite things to serve/make with eggnog!

Serve With:

Make With:

  • French Toast
  • Ice Cream
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Cookies
  • Milkshake

How To Store

We love to keep eggnog in an air tight milk jug. The one thing you need to know is that this eggnog needs to be stirred (or in this case, shaken) frequently! Whipping the ingredients causes it to separate, so make sure to keep it shaken…or stirred!

two glasses of nutmeg on marble with fairy lights, glass of milk, bourbon, and a bowl of ground nutmeg

Expert Tips

  • Make sure to serve this drink ice cold! It tastes so much better.
  • This drink tastes better after sitting in the fridge for a few days.
  • Stir often when storing! It will separate after sitting in the fridge.
  • Don’t over beat the cream or egg whites! See the pictures above to know the consistency for each. Over or under beating will ruin the drink.
  • Top with nutmeg before serving!

When you make this Homemade Southern Eggnog, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

eggnog in two glasses with nutmeg on top with milk, bourbon, and cinnamon sticks

Homemade Southern Eggnog

Traci
Creamy, boozy, not too sweet, and SO. GOOD. This Homemade Southern Eggnog is the perfect treat to serve all winter long.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 5 cups
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • Ground nutmeg for serving

Instructions

  • Beat egg yolks with 1/4 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy. Set aside.
  • Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Slowly add remaining 1/8 cup sugar and beat to stiff peaks. Set aside.
  • Beat cream to stiff peaks. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, fold egg yolk mixture into cream.
  • Fold in egg whites.
  • Stir in milk and bourbon.
  • Place in covered container and refrigerate.
  • Sprinkle with nutmeg before serving.

Notes

  • Make sure to serve this drink ice cold! It tastes so much better.
  • This drink tastes better after sitting in the fridge for a few days.
  • Stir often when storing! It will separate after sitting in the fridge.
  • Don't over beat the cream or egg whites! See the pictures above to know the consistency for each. Over or under beating will ruin the drink.
  • Top with nutmeg before serving!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 34mgSugar: 8g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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