Holiday Egg Nog made with Farm Fresh Eggs

One of the many benefits of raising backyard chickens is the knowledge that the eggs I cook and bake with are fresh and have been handled properly.  I feel confident making recipes that include partially cooked eggs as long as I am using eggs laid by our hens and try to include many varied egg dishes in our family's weekly menus as well as our holiday menus.

Eggnog is a holiday tradition at our house.  Our fresh eggs, along with some scraped vanilla bean and freshly ground nutmeg, make my eggnog truly a guilty pleasure guaranteed to deliver plenty of holiday cheer.

Adapted from a combination of  Martha Stewart's Classic Eggnog recipe and Emeril's Eggnog recipe, I think you will agree that my eggnog is worthy to be served all through the holiday season to special friends and family.

(My recipe does contain alcohol, but please feel free to just omit the liquor if you want to make a family-friendly version.)

Holiday Eggnog
(makes approximately 3 quarts)

8 fresh eggs, plus 4 additional eggs separated
1-3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream, plus 1/2 cup
6 cups whole milk
Vanilla bean
1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup bourbon
1/4 cup sherry
1/4 cup brandy

Whisk the 8 eggs plus 4 additional yolks with the sugar in a medium bowl until pale yellow and thick. Heat the 2 cups heavy cream, milk and scraped vanilla bean in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking until hot.  

Add about a cup of the milk mixture into the whisked egg and whisk to blend, then pour the egg/milk mixture into the hot milk in the saucepan and continue to cook, whisking, for about 3-5 minutes, or until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl and allow to cool. 

Add the vanilla bean paste, nutmeg and liquors to the eggnog and stir well.  In a small bowl, beat the 4 egg whites until soft peaks form and then gently fold into the eggnog.  

In a clean chilled bowl, beat the remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream to soft peaks and fold it into the eggnog.  Refrigerate until chilled, then garnish with additional fresh grated nutmeg and serve.  

Happy Holidays!

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  1. That looks really tasty. I can't wait to make some. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The picture of this look divine! What a classic holiday drink! I've never had homemade eggnog, but this looks delicious.

  3. I can't wait to try this with my girls fresh eggs! It sounds wonderful. My family loves eggnog, and I have kept chickens for years, but can you believe I have never made my own? Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. my husband loves egg nog. He would surely love yours! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

  5. I love eggnog. This sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote.

  6. This looks and sounds delicious! I've never made egg nog. I think I'm going to have to give this a try this Thanksgiving. (If I try everything you've shared and I like, I'll be busy for weeks!) Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  7. This sounds fantastic! How long does it last in the refrigerator?

    1. I don't know that we've ever had any last more than a day or two. I would say just a couple of days to be on the safe side but with the alcohol in it, that should kill anything!

  8. OH my husband would love me forever if I made this for him! :) He LOVES egg nog and I admit this sounds way more delicious than the bottled kind! Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this week! We love having you join us! Have a great week!
    Mackenzie :)

  9. Congratulations! I picked you as the post to feature in this week's Eat Make Grow Blog hop. I'm giving the recipe a try after Thanksgiving. Perhaps it will be added to our Christmas traditions. :) Thanks for submitting.


    1. Oh thank you! I wasn't sure it was actually considered 'healthy' enough, but with fresh eggs you just can't beat it!

  10. That looks delicious!!! I've never had real eggnog before!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  11. Hey Lisa...this sounds you think it would be alright if i eliminated the alcohol? My familky don't do alcohol, so i was just wondering.