The Best Homemade Eggnog Recipes

Christmas is almost here and you know what that means: time to break out the eggnog! This creamy drink can be made with or without alcohol and has been a holiday tradition since the 13th century. Learn more about eggnog’s history and find the best homemade eggnog recipes!

Looking for more holiday recipes? You might like these cozy Christmas morning breakfast ideas or these easy sugar cookie recipes.

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What is Eggnog?

Eggnog has been a traditional Christmas drink since the 1200’s – talk about an old-fashioned holiday sip! While there is a lot of debate about how people decided to start drinking milk mixed with egg yolks and sugar, most historians agree that it probably started with monks who drank “possets” during the colder months. Possets were mixtures of eggs and figs and once the wealthy started drinking them they added milk and sherry to the recipe, both of which were expensive ingredients.

Eggnog became a traditional Yuletide drink when it came to the American colonies in the 1700s. The colonists had so many chickens and cows that it was easy for them to make eggnog – milk and eggs were cheap for them! They replaced the English sherry for a less expensive American rum and the combination stuck.

Where Does the Name Come From?

There are three theories about the origins of “eggnog” as a name:

  • In Middle English (the form of English spoken in the 1400’s) “noggin” was a word for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. Since eggs were added to an alcoholic beverage, perhaps it was also served in a noggin and then over time the words egg + noggin were combined into “eggnog.”
  • In the 1600’s “nog” was a kind of strong beer. Here again eggs being added to an alocholic beverage may have resulted in egg + nog becoming the official name “eggnog.”
  • Others believe that American colonials came up with the name in the 1700’s. Supporters of this theory claim that eggnog is a combination of two colonial slang words. “Rum” was called “grog” and it was served in small mugs called “noggins”. As a result the drink was called egg-n-grog and later as eggnog.

Who knew the name of a drink could be the source of so much mystery!

What Kind of Alcohol is Used?

Today eggnog is usually made with rum, brandy, or bourbon. However, if you aren’t a fan of alcoholic beverages you can leave the spirits out of this drink.

Homemade Eggnog Recipes

Now that we’ve dabbled a bit in eggnog history, let’s dive into some of the easy and delicious ways you can make it at home!

Glass of eggnog with a cinnamon stick.

Easy Homemade Eggnog

This easy homemade eggnog is extra thick and creamy! Spiced with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla this festive drink is brimming with holiday spirit.

an eggnog drink in a martini glass

Eggnog Cocktail

Rim a cocktail glass with sugar and add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon to your eggnog! This cocktail uses Brenda’s homemade eggnog recipe made with rum as a base for a cocktail made with vanilla ice cream and almond flavored liqueur.

Peppermint eggnog cocktail recipe with crushed peppermints

Peppermint Eggnog Cocktail

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It doesn’t get more merry than this eggnog cocktail flavored with peppermint schnapps, peppermint vodka, and vanilla extract. The whole thing is topped with crushed peppermint candies for a beautiful and tasty finishing touch.

Two glasses of coquito with cinnamon on top.

The Best Coquito Recipe – Puerto Rican Eggnog

In Puerto Rico, eggnog is made with coconut milk, making this recipe an absolute treat for coconut lovers! Rum soaked raisins can be added as boozy bites at the bottom of your glass.

Two sugar rimmed glasses of vegan eggnog on a table with holiday decorations.

Vegan Eggnog (Creamy & Heartwarming)

Not a dairy fan? Not to worry, this dairy-free, vegan eggnog recipe is here to bring you in on the fun. This eggnog recipe tastes almost exactly like a traditional eggnog and is flavored with pumpkin spice. It doesn’t contain alcohol but you can add a splash of rum if you like!

Starbucks Eggnog Latte | www.diethood.com | This festive, Starbucks-inspired latte is made with strong brewed espresso, steamed eggnog and milk.

Starbucks Eggnog Latte

If you love the Starbucks’ eggnog latte now you can make it at home! Made with strong brewed espresso, steamed eggnog and milk, this seasonal latte recipe is cozy in a cup.

Iced Eggnog Latte

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More of an iced coffee fan? If a warm eggnog latte isn’t your thing, then give this iced version a try. All you need is eggnog, espresso, ice and nutmeg.

Salted Caramel Eggnog | The Cookie Rookie

Homemade Salted Caramel Eggnog

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This easy holiday beverage combines the flavors of a salted caramel latte with the flair of an eggnog latte. Made in under 15 minutes and absolutely delicious.

Treats Made with Eggnog

If you want to enjoy eggnog flavors but are seeking more than a drink, then look no further! These holiday recipes all take traditional eggnog and turn it into Christmas breakfast or dessert.

Overnight Chai Eggnog French Toast Casserole loaded with flavor, plus it's gluten free and dairy free! This french toast casserole is the perfect make ahead breakfast for Christmas morning!

Overnight Chai Eggnog French Toast Casserole

An easy make ahead breakfast for Christmas morning that is full of eggnog flavor and also happens to be gluten free + vegan. It doesn’t get much more cozy than cubes of bread soaked in eggnog, spices and maple syrup.

french toast topped with raspberries and powdered sugar

Crockpot Eggnog French Toast Casserole

Let your crockpot do all the work for you with this slow cooker french toast recipe. Topped with chopped pecans, powdered sugar, berries and maple syrup, every bite of this simple breakfast idea is packed with flavor.

Eggnog Chocolate Pancakes

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I mean, what’s not to love about chocolate and eggnog flavors packed into fluffy pancake form? This pancake recipe is pretty much made for holiday breakfasts!

A close up of an eggnog poke cake, with pockets of pudding in the middle and whipped cream on top

Ultimate Eggnog Poke Cake

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Take a fluffy eggnog spice cake, poke holes in it and fill them with eggnog pudding. Then top the whole thing with whipped cream and a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg. Sounds like a delightful holiday dessert to us!

Eggnog tres leches cake is the perfect light, airy, and moist cake for the holidays. Whether you love or hate eggnog, this cake will make anyone love it and it's perfectly festive for the holiday season!

Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

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This light and fluffy Tres Leches Cake is flavored with eggnog and topped with eggnog whipped cream frosting. An easy dessert that is full of milky goodness and has the most incredible texture.

Mini Eggnog Cheesecake

Mini Eggnog Cheesecake

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Creamy miniature cheesecakes packed with eggnog flair? Sign us up! With a simple graham cracker crust and cream cheese filling, this dessert takes less than an hour to make.

eggnog crème brûlée in a white ramekin with sugared cranberries on top.

Eggnog Crème Brûlée

Add the flavors of eggnog, rum and nutmeg to a classic crème brûlée for an elegant dessert. Velvety and rich with an indulgently delicious bruleed sugar topping that is just begging to be cracked.

eggnog cupcake topped with a swirl of frosting on a small plate.

Gluten Free Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting

These cupcakes are so moist and fluffy you’d never know they are gluten free. The cupcakes and the frosting are both flavored with eggnog, with an extra of kick of rum added to the frosting!

Frosted Egg Nog Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie recipe with creamy egg nog frosting!

Frosted Egg Nog Cookies

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These melt in your mouth cookies are lightly spiced and topped with a creamy eggnog frosting. They’re the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platter!

a slice of eggnog sheet cake on a white plate with a fork and a glass of eggnog.

Eggnog Sheet Cake

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Moist and fluffy cake that tastes like eggnog? Sign us up! With a simple frosting and Christmas colored sprinkles, this is one holiday treat that will be hard to resist.

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