You might assume that my brain instantly scales down everything to serve two. Not so. There are certain things I would never scale down. Like: chicken soup, chai flavored anything (except these pumpkin cupcakes), and most cocktail recipes. What am I going to do with an entire pitcher of margaritas? Wait, I know the answer! Moving on...
So, when my sweet, lovely, beautiful and talented blog bestie Erin told me I should scale down eggnog to make just two mugs, a light bulb went off in my head. Of course egg nog should be scaled down! Most recipes serve a crowd, requiring you to host a party to enjoy it. I wanted to make you a small batch of eggnog that you could whip up just as easily as hot chocolate. Eggnog should not be out of reach! It should be quick, easy, and appropriately portioned for a household not currently hosting a party.
So, here you go. I've made it several times, and I love the way it tastes just like melted ice cream. When I make eggnog, I go the cooked route. I just don't want to risk raw eggs ever, ya know? So, this version is cooked all the way to a safe temperature. There are more than just health benefits to this--it also thickens the eggnog instantly. If you want to be traditional even with this fully-cooked version, you can fold in the (raw) beaten egg whites before serving, but it's entirely up to you. I'll give further instructions in the recipe below. A lot of things are adaptable and optional in this recipe, but one of the things that is not negotiable is Bourbon. You must add Bourbon. Ok, I'm kidding, I've had most of my mugs without Bourbon, but my husband really wants you to know that the Bourbon makes it incredible.
This classic eggnog is so simple and easy to make.
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ to ¾ cups cream* (see notes below)
- ¾ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 shots Bourbon whiskey (optional)
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until pale yellow and tripled in size. I do this by hand with a big balloon whisk, and it takes about 1 minute. Whip vigorously.
- Meanwhile, in a 1-quart saucepan, heat the milk, ½ cup of cream and ½ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg to boiling. Remove from the heat.
- Very slowly stream the milk mixture into the egg yolks while whisking continuously. Go slowly to avoid cooking the eggs.
- Next, pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan, and place over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, heat the mixture to 160-degrees F.
- Optional: If you want to be traditional and fold egg whites into your egg nog, go ahead and whip the two remaining egg whites to stiff peaks. When the egg nog reaches 160-degrees, remove it from the heat and gently fold in the beaten egg whites.
- Chill the mixture thoroughly if you want to serve it cold. Before serving, divide it between two mugs, add Bourbon to taste, and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg.
*If folding the leftover egg whites into the mixture, use ½ cup of cream. If not, use ¾ cup of cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 249mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 11g
Sherri Cox says
This was AWESOME!!! I am th eonly one in my family that likes egg nog - and I simply LOVE it. But it has never made sense to make any as the recipes are all for large quantities. THANK U SO MCH! I made this - loved it - drank all of it - and will be making more for myself again this weekend. Love your site and every time I try a recipe, it is a household keeper. Thrilled to be following you!
Christina Lane says
That is SO great to hear, Sherri! That is exactly why I do this :) <3
I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of eggnog but wanted a smaller quantity than a quart. I just finished making it and licked the spoon to get an idea of how it will taste--it is really, really good! Can't wait to have one mug with Christmas morning breakfast and another with a shot of bourbon.
Oh thank you for posting a small batch recipe. My mother was stressed and wanted "egg nog now!". this was perfect for her with a dash of spiced rum. :)
Christina Lane says
I’m trying this recipe but the eggnog curdled before reaching 160 degrees. I tried this recipe several times and always ends up curdling when it’s not even boiling. Why? What am I doing wrong?
Christina Lane says
What kind of pan are you using? Is it very thin?
Just made this for the first time and it turned out wonderfully! I'm the only one who likes eggnog, so the amount is perfect :) I saved half for later in the fridge...wondering how the folded in egg whites will hold once it cools. Delicious. Thank you for this recipe!
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Sandra D. says
I don’t drink egg nog but my son loves it. Since Christmas is over and egg nog is no longer available I thought I would make him some to try. He loved it . He kept saying it over and over again. I found the recipe easy to make so that was just an extra bonus. Thanks for a great recipe.