In our family, no holiday party is complete without a cold glass of rich and creamy Homemade Eggnog! As the years go by, the number of little ones in the family increased, combined with the non-drinkers. And I knew I had to make a non-alcoholic version of the family’s traditional holiday drink.
Eggnog is quite controversial because of the raw egg involved in the process of making this drink. Not everybody is comfortable with drinking raw eggs and neither am I. Especially since a huge part of the reason why I came up with this drink is the kiddos! We know their tummies can be more sensitive than ours and are more prone to salmonella. That’s why in this recipe, we’ll slightly cook the eggs to get rid of any bacteria they may have.
I came up with the idea to make a wholesome Eggnog version when the little miss got curious about mommy’s drink in one of our recent family gatherings. She said it looks good and asked if it was a babycino from this café she liked. However, at the time, I was sipping on boozy eggnog, so as much as I wanted to have her try it, we can’t risk getting a 4-year old tipsy!
Needless to say, there had been tears involved just a second later after I said no. That’s how my Homemade Non-Alcoholic Eggnog recipe is born. About half an hour later we have an adorable mini table set up for the little ones sipping on their very own eggnog glasses. Even the kids-at-heart enjoyed it, and since then we always make both the boozy and the kid-friendly version.
How I Make My Non-Alcoholic Eggnog:
- I start by making the eggnog base. To do this, simply whisk the sugar and eggs together in a medium-sized mixing bowl until thoroughly combined. I then pour it into a saucepan and gradually add the vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and whole milk.
- Now we get a separate mixing bowl and combine the half & half and evaporated milk. Set aside for later.
- Then you want to place the saucepan with the egg-milk mixture on the stove. Turn it on to medium-low heat and consistently stir the mixture to keep it from burning. Allow the mixture to heat up to 160° F (check the temperature using a candy thermometer). Once we reach the desired temperature, take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the half & half mixture.
- Allow it to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes then taste it, adjusting sugar or spices as necessary. Once satisfied with the flavor, pour the eggnog into airtight containers. Then we will let the eggnogs chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results.
- To serve, I transfer the eggnog into cute mugs and top it with freshly whipped cream and a stick of cinnamon. You can also sprinkle it with nutmeg for added color and flavor. Serve with sugar cookies or gingerbread.
- 1 dozen medium eggs
- 1¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 cups half & half
- 2 cups evaporated milk
- Cinnamon sticks
- Whipped cream
- Make the eggnog base by whisking the sugar and eggs together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk the mixture until thoroughly incorporated. Then pour it into a saucepan and gradually stir in the vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and whole milk.t
- Get another mixing bowl and combine the half & half and evaporated milk. Set this aside for later.
- Place the saucepan containing the egg-milk mixture on the stove. Turn it on to medium-low heat and continue stirring the mixture to keep the milk from burning. Use a candy thermometer to determine once the mixture is at 160°F and take the pan off the heat. Carefully stir in the half & half mixture.
- Let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes and taste it. Adjust the sugar or nutmeg as necessary, then pour it into an airtight container. Leave it to chill in the fridge for 2 hours to overnight for best results. Once ready to serve the eggnogs, pour them into individual serving glasses.
- Top with freshly whipped cream and a stick of cinnamon. You can also sprinkle it with a little nutmeg on top for added flavor and color. Best served with sugar cookies or gingerbread.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 238mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 0gSugar: 37gProtein: 15g
This perfect holiday drink will allow you to reminisce your favorite childhood Christmas memories while you create your own holiday memories with your little ones. Make your own Homemade Non-Alcoholic Eggnog and share it with the whole family this holiday season! Do leave a comment below of what your family thinks of this delectable drink!