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This old fashioned eggnog is made with slow-simmered organic eggs, sugar, heavy cream, rum, cognac, bourbon, and fresh nutmeg. |
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Old-Fashioned Eggnog

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5/5 - 9 Ratings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time
Serving Yield 5-7 cups

This is the rich, creamy eggnog your grandparents used to make. The stuff you can buy in a carton doesn’t even come close to this luxuriously thick, sweet concoction spiked with white rum, cognac, and bourbon—and you’ll never buy it again once you've tried this recipe at home.

By: Joyce Hendley


  • 6 Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup cognac
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Nutritional Information

Servings: 7

Amount Per Serving: Calories 460, Fat Cal. 180, Total Fat 21g (32% DV), Sat. Fat 12g (60% DV), Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholest. 210mg (70% DV), Sodium 90mg (4% DV), Total Carb. 25g (8% DV), Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 25g, Protein 8g, Vitamin A (20% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (10% DV), Iron (4% DV), Vitamin D (20% DV). 

Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

For more information about how we calculate our nutritional content and to read our nutritional disclaimer, please check out our Recipe Nutrition Facts blog post.


Step 1

In a medium bowl with an electric or handheld mixer, beat egg yolks until thickened. Gradually beat in sugar until mixture turns pale yellow. Add milk and 1/4 cup of the cream and whisk to fully combine.

Step 2

Gradually add rum, cognac, and bourbon to yolk mixture, beating until mixture has lost its granular texture and sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside.

Step 3

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into the yolk mixture.

Step 4

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, whip the remaining 1 cup of cream until soft peaks have formed. Gently fold into egg white and yolk mixture, then chill thoroughly (at least 3 hours or overnight). Sprinkle eggnog with nutmeg just before serving.


This recipe calls for raw eggs and should not be served to pregnant women, children, or anyone with a compromised immune system.

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Amy Bredes

December 23, 2020

Can I substitute 1 cup of Bacardi Gold Rum for the cognac and bourbon?

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December 23, 2020

Hey Amy, That should be fine. Just note that the taste may differ from the original.

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December 22, 2019

Hi! How long will this keep in the fridge?

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December 23, 2019

That's a great question, Shannon! Because there are fresh eggs in this old-fashioned recipe, this drink is best made at most the night before you plan on serving it. If you would like to hold on to if for longer, then we would recommend using an at home pasteurization method to pasteurize the fresh eggs before using them in the recipe which should allow you to keep it in the fridge for an extra 2-3 days safely. You also could look at our Dairy Free Eggnog recipe which uses our already pasteurized carton egg whites, and will be fine if held for 3-4 days in the fridge.

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Benita🎱 Horton

December 21, 2019

It was good very

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December 23, 2019

So glad you enjoyed this festive holiday classic, Benita!

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