Try These 9 Easy and Delicious Eggnog Christmas Recipes in 2017

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An eggnog Christmas drink is a classic holiday recipe that helps many get into the holiday spirit. Eggnog is a sweet, thick, and creamy holiday beverage that often includes rum. Eggnog became known as a holiday drink when it came to the U.S. in the 1700s.

Eggnog’s roots have been linked to 14th-century England and a drink called posset. It was a hot, milky, ale-like drink to which eggs were later added, and made the form closest to what eggnog is known as today.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and eggnog alcohol content like sherry and brandy were added to keep the drink from spoiling. Rum was later added to eggnog when it came to the U.S.

Colonists once called rum or beer “grog,” and bartenders would serve rum in small wooden-carved mugs known as “noggins.” The drink then became egg-n-grog, and eventually by the 18th century, the term “eggnog” was born.

Today, eggnog Christmas drinks can be found stocked in supermarkets and grocery stores. However, you can also make your own.

This article will show you how to make eggnog in a variety of delicious ways. This will include various eggnog desserts, including eggnog Christmas cookies, an eggnog cake recipe, eggnog cake with rum, and eggnog ice cream.

Let’s get started …

Easy Eggnog Christmas Drink

This section will explore the eggnog Christmas drink, and how to make traditional eggnog both with and without alcohol.

1. Traditional Eggnog with Alcohol


  • 1 cup organic heavy or double cream or coconut cream
  • 3 cups organic whole milk or almond milk
  • 5 organic eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated brown or coconut sugar or stevia
  • 3/4 cup bourbon or dark rum


  • In a saucepan, combine cream, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, and once boiled, remove it from the heat and allow for steeping.
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until thick ribbons form when the whisk has lifted. Whisk the milk and continue to mix until it is nice and smooth. Add the alcohol and stir. You can refrigerate for up to three days.
  • Before serving, beat egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Gently fold the eggnog until it is well combined. Serve in chilled glasses, and garnish with nutmeg.

2. Non-Alcoholic Eggnog


  • 6 large organic eggs and two yolks
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp brown or coconut sugar or stevia
  • 4 cups of organic whole milk or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup organic heavy cream or coconut cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • 1/4 tsp coarse gray salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg, and additional nutmeg for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Combine eggs, egg yolks, salt, and sugar, in a heavy three- or four-quart pan, and whisk until well combined. Continue to whisk and pour milk in a slow and steady stream until it has been completely incorporated.
  • Turn the burner to the lowest setting. Place the pan on the burner, and stir continuously until it reaches 160° Fahrenheit and the mixture thickens to coat the back of a spoon. It will take around 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and into a large bowl to remove any possible cooked pieces of egg. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, and stir well.
  • Pour into a glass pitcher or container, cover with a lid, and refrigerate for at least four hours, or up to three days.
  • When ready to serve, pour heavy cream into a bowl and whip it until soft peaks have formed. Fold the whipped cream into the custard mix until combined well.
  • Serve the eggnog in chilled glasses or cups, and garnish with nutmeg.

Healthy Eggnog Recipes

These eggnog Christmas drink varieties also show that eggnog can adapt with the times of food sensitivities and keto, sugar-free, and vegan diets.

1. Keto Eggnog Recipe


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups organic heavy cream
  • 4 large organic eggs
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar or other sweetener like coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 7/5 oz. of rum (optional)


  • In a mixing bowl, combine two cups of heavy cream and a cup of coconut milk.
  • In separate bowls, separate three eggs into yolks and whites. Whip the egg whites until peaks form, and whisk the egg yolks until they are creamy. Add the egg yolks to the coconut milk and heavy cream and whisk well. Also, mix the egg whites into the coconut/cream mixture.
  • Add the vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and sweetener to the mixture, and combine well.
  • In a container, whisk an egg until well combined, and add it into the eggnog. If having rum, pour it into the eggnog and combine well.
  • Let it settle in the refrigerator overnight, or it may be too foamy.

2. Sugar-Free Low-Carb Eggnog Recipe


  • 2 cups heavy cream or coconut cream
  • 2 organic eggs, separated
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp stevia powder
  • 1/4 cup erythritol
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (sugar-free)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 oz rum


  • In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks until pale, yellow, and thick.
  • Mix heavy cream or coconut milk, sugar, and stevia in a small saucepan and heat to a boil. Boil for a minute and stir frequently.
  • Stir half of the cream mixture into egg yolks, and return the egg mixture to the remaining milk in the saucepan. Cook over low heat until it begins to thicken, and stir well.
  • Remove from the heat, and stir in the cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Cool to room temperature.
  • Stir in the rum and almond milk. Beat egg whites until it is stiff, and fold it into the rest of the mixture.
  • Refrigerate until chilled for a minimum of four hours, and sprinkle on some nutmeg.

3. Vegan Eggnog Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Place and blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
  • Refrigerate overnight. When ready to consume, top with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Eggnog Christmas Cookies

Christmas is often incomplete without cookies. Next, we have a unique recipe with eggnog Christmas cookies.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup organic butter or ghee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup organic eggnog

For the glaze:

  • 3 tbsp organic eggnog
  • 1 1/4 cups dairy-free icing


For the cookies:

  • Mix the nutmeg, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl and set it aside.
  • In another bowl, butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, egg yolks, and eggnog, and mix until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until well combined. With a spoon or ice cream scoop, drop the batter on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 22 minutes, and when done, let cool on a rack.

For the glaze:

  • For the glaze, whisk together icing and eggnog until smooth, and drizzle it over the cookies and add grated nutmeg on top.

Eggnog Cake Recipes

Have you ever thought of eggnog in a cake? I have the eggnog cake recipes for you.

For those on a gluten-free diet, I also suggest an alternative flour option. This recipe will feed about 12 people, which is perfect for the holiday season.

1. Easy Eggnog Cake


  • 1 1/4 cups coconut sugar
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 cup organic eggnog
  • 1/2 cup organic, grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1/2 tsp rum extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coarse gray sea salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the frosting:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp coarse gray sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1 cup softened organic butter or ghee
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat well after adding each. Add the vanilla and rum extracts, and mix well. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder, and add it to the cream mixture and eggnog.
  • Pour the mixture into two 9-inch round baking pans coated with oil spray. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick can come out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing cakes from pans to wire racks.
  • For the frosting, combine the salt and flour in a saucepan, and gradually stir in the eggnog until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook and stir for two minutes, or until thickened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Add eggnog mixture and vanilla, and beat until fluffy. Remove a half-cup of frosting for decorating the cake. Spread the frosting between the layers of the cake and over the sides and top of the cake. Store the cake in the refrigerator.

2. Eggnog Cake with Spiced Rum

What about an eggnog cake with rum? This recipe doesn’t include just rum extract, but spiced rum. It is a great holiday treat for people looking for something different.


  • 1 box gluten-free cake mix or 2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 cup organic eggnog
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup sifted powdered dairy-free icing
  • 2 tbsp spiced rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp organic eggnog


  • Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit and grease a bundt pan with olive oil.
  • For the cake, combine the gluten-free flour, avocado oil, eggnog, eggs, and spiced rum in the mixing bowl, and beat until smooth. Add vanilla extract and nutmeg, and gently mix in into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the bundt pan, and spread evenly with a spatula.
  • Bake in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick can come out clean. When ready, remove from the oven, and allow to cool for about 15 minutes. Release from the pan and allow to cool on the wire rack.
  • For the glaze, sift the icing into a medium-sized bowl and add the nutmeg, eggnog, vanilla extract, and spiced rum.
  • Pour the glaze over the cake and allow it to go down the sides. Repeat this process two or three more times.

Eggnog Ice Cream

Eggnog ice cream will change the way you think of eggnog. When it comes to eggnog desserts, this ice cream with eggnog is perfect for the holidays as a side for your pumpkin pie or pecan pie. Let’s take a look at the simple recipe below.


  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 cups organic eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp coarse gray salt
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • Optional: dairy-free chocolate chips


  • Open cans of coconut milk, and set aside a half cup. Pour the rest of the coconut milk and eggnog into a two-quart saucepan. Add the honey, salt, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Warm the coconut milk over medium-low heat, and stir occasionally. When the sweetener has dissolved, add it to the coconut milk for one to two minutes.
  • Whisk in the arrowroot starch with the reserved coconut milk, and whisk until starch has dissolved. Add the arrowroot starch to the warmed coconut milk and whisk gently.
  • You now have your ice cream base. Increase the heat to medium and stir occasionally, and continue cooking until it has thickened, for about six and eight minutes. Do not allow the base to come to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the base into a shallow container, and let it cool so it is not hot when you put into the refrigerator. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate four hours to three days.
  • Your base should now be completely chilled. Now, pour it into an ice cream machine and begin churning. Churn the ice cream until it thickens and becomes consistent with soft-serve ice cream. This can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the ice cream to a freezer container, and press a piece of parchment paper against the surface to prevent ice crystals from forming. Seal the container. Freeze for at least four hours to harden the eggnog ice cream.
  • If ice cream is too hard, let it warm for a few minutes on the counter before scooping.

Final Thoughts on Eggnog

Eggnog can be a great Christmas drink for holiday events. This article has included a variety of eggnog recipes, including alcoholic, non-alcoholic, keto, vegan, and low-carb and sugar-free options.

Your eggnog Christmas drink can also be used in a various eggnog desserts, which includes eggnog ice cream, eggnog Christmas cookies, and eggnog cake recipes.

Eggnog dates back hundreds of years, and is an instant crowd pleaser. That being said, it is important to drink or eat responsibly if your eggnog Christmas drink or eggnog desserts contain alcohol.

Furthermore, consuming raw or undercooked eggs can lead to salmonella poisoning. This bacterial infection produces symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting among others.

As such, for eggnog recipes, the FDA recommends prepping the eggs by combining half of the milk required in the recipe with the eggs and cooking over a heat of 160° Fahrenheit, stirring constantly.

All harmful microorganisms will be destroyed.

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!

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