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Take one sip of this non-alcoholic homemade eggnog and you'll never look back at store-bought versions! It's creamy, thick and smooth! |

Non-Alcoholic Homemade Eggnog

  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Non-alcoholic homemade eggnog is thick, sweet, creamy, and smooth. This family-friendly version of a classic holiday drink is way better than store-bought.


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons nutmegfreshly grated
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 4 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream (optional, for topping)
  • ground cinnamon (optional, for topping)
  • extra nutmeg (optional, for topping)


  1. Place heavy cream and grated nutmeg in a large mixing bowl with a fine mesh strainer on top. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine milk and vanilla. Cook over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until bubbles form around the sides and the milk starts steaming.
  3. In another mixing bowl, vigorously beat together the eggs, yolks, sugar, and salt for approximately 3-5 minutes until the mixture is thickened and pale. Add in the milk in a slow stream and whisk to incorporate. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for about 6 minutes, or until the mixture reaches 165 F as read on a cooking thermometer. Immediately strain into the mixing bowl with the heavy cream.
  4. Place in refrigerator uncovered and allow the eggnog to cool completely for at least 2 hours.
  5. To serve, pour eggnog into glasses filling only 3/4 of the glass. Top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg.


How to store: Store in a sealed airtight container or mason jar in the refrigerator. Homemade eggnog can last for up to a month, depending on the expiration dates on the milk and cream used. Go by the earliest expiration date.

Adding alcohol: You can add alcohol to this homemade eggnog for a spiked version for adults. You can use any kind of alcohol that you prefer. Some traditional options are dark rum, cognac, and bourbon.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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