Classic Eggnog

Eggnog is a classic drink to make during the holidays. This creamy, seasonal drink is one to keep around each year.

Classic Eggnog

Sometimes trying out new ingredients in recipes is fun, but for Eggnog I like to stick to this simple + classic recipe. It’s so easy to make and the perfect holiday drink to serve at all of my holiday gatherings.

Eggnog takes a developed taste to enjoy the drink, but once you master this recipe it is something you will look forward to every holiday season.

I just love how pretty and wintery eggnog looks visually. Topped with foam + fresh nutmeg it really is winter in a cup. You can add in the bourbon in true Southern fashion, or leave it out and get just as much enjoyment in the non-alcoholic version thanks to the richness of the drink.

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Classic Eggnog

  • Author: Heirloomed Collection


This holiday staple is essential for any festive gathering.


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean pod – split and with the seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark rum or bourbon


  1. Combine milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla bean, vanilla seeds and nutmeg in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, remove pan from the heat and allow it to steep.
  2. Using a stand mixer or a large bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until combined. Thick ribbons should form when the whisk is lifted. Slowly begin whisking in the milk and continue until mixture is smooth and combined. Add rum or bourbon and stir. Refrigerate overnight, up to three days.
  3. Right before serving, beat egg whites, in a bowl or stand mixer, until soft peaks form. Fold mixture gently into eggnog until combined. Garnish with fresh nutmeg before serving.

I loved using one of my vintage punch bowls to serve this eggnog. It gives it such a nostalgic feeling and serves as the perfect holiday decoration all in of itself. The garnish of cinnamon sticks, a sprinkle of nutmeg and a dollop of fresh whipped cream just brings a little more joy. Let me know in the comments if you stick to classic eggnog or if you put any fun twists on your recipe.

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I’m an old soul based in Atlanta, GA and mom of 3 with a deep love of all things from the past with a story to tell, on a mission to keep heirlooms around for another generation - whether it be a tradition, splattered family recipe, or historic home.

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