Homemade non-alcoholic eggnog is an essential festive beverage for many holiday and Christmas celebrations. This recipe is for you if you prefer the rich, creamy flavor of traditional eggnog but don’t want to use raw eggs.
Everybody can enjoy this traditional Christmas drink because it is alcohol-free. However, you can add rum, bourbon, or cognac to taste for an adults-only version. Make a large batch of this eggnog to enjoy all throughout the holiday season!
Does eggnog have to have alcohol?
Standard eggnog, it turns out, contains alcohol. Some recipes call for unpasteurized eggs, which contributes to the problem. And those eggs in your homemade eggnog aren’t cooked, apparently. For a few people, this is enough reason to stick to wine.
Even so, nogs aren’t all made equal. Many households, in fact, have their own unique recipe. So while some eggnogs do include alcohol, others do not. It’s usually a good idea to ask before taking a taste.
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How long does non-alcoholic eggnog last?
If stored correctly in an airtight container, non-alcoholic eggnog will keep 3-4 days in the fridge. You may also freeze eggnog and keep it for up to 6 months in the freezer, however, the creamy texture will change slightly.
Why is my eggnog not thick?
If you don’t cook eggnog long enough, or don’t beat the egg yolks or whites long enough, or don’t use the right tool, your eggnog will be lacking in body. Thin eggnog can be avoided by boiling it until it reaches the required consistency, or a runny batch can be remedied by adding whipped egg whites or heavy cream.
What are the ingredients to make homemade non-alcoholic eggnog?
With a prep time of 10 minutes and additional time to chill, and cook time of 10 to 15 minutes, the following are the ingredients that you’re going to need good for 10 to 12 servings:
- Eggs – This drink has a rich, velvety texture thanks to the eggs, and cooking the eggnog thickens it and eliminates any safety issues.
- Sugar – Sweetens the drink.
- Whole milk – If you want extra fat in your milk, choose whole milk.
- Vanilla extract – It gives a homey flavor.
- Ground nutmeg – This is the traditional spice for eggnog.
- Evaporated milk – It enhances the flavor of the drink without diluting it.
- Half & half – Might be called “light cream” at your grocery store.
- Whipped cream – The richness of heavy cream will meet your expectation of an eggnog.
- Cinnamon sticks – Warm spices to give the drink a Christmas flavor.
- Dash nutmeg – Another warm spice to give the drink a holiday flavor.
How to make homemade non-alcoholic eggnog?
It’s time to put this recipe together now that you’ve gathered all of your ingredients. Follow the steps outlined below. First, in a medium mixing basin, whisk together the eggs and sugar until fully blended. Toss in the whole milk, vanilla extract, and grated nutmeg in a saucepan.
After that, in a separate bowl, whisk together evaporated milk and half-and-half then set aside.
To keep the milk from scorching, cook the egg mixture over medium-low heat while continually stirring. Remove from heat when the mixture reaches 160 degrees on a candy thermometer and stir in the evaporated milk mixture carefully.
Before tasting it, cool slightly. If desired, add more sugar or nutmeg before transferring to an airtight container. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until completely cooled. If preferred, top with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, and/or a touch of nutmeg and serve in cups. Enjoy!
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- 12 eggs
- 1¼ c. sugar
- 4 c. whole milk
- 2 t. vanilla extract
- 1 t. ground nutmeg
- 2 c. evaporated milk
- 2 c. half & half
- Optional Garnish:
- Whipped cream
- Cinnamon sticks
- Dash nutmeg
- Combine eggs and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a saucepan and stir in whole milk, vanilla extract, and ground nutmeg.
- In a separate bowl, stir evaporated milk and half and half until combined. Set aside.
- Heat egg mixture over medium-low heat while stirring constantly to prevent the milk from scorching. When mixture reaches 160 degrees on a candy thermometer, remove from heat and slowly whisk in evaporated milk mixture.
- Cool slightly before tasting. Add more sugar or nutmeg, if desired, before transferring to an airtight container. Refrigerate overnight or until thoroughly chilled. Serve in mugs and garnish with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, and/or a dash of nutmeg, if desired. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 265mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 0gSugar: 37gProtein: 16g
These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.