Homemade Eggnog Recipe



– 2 c. milk – 5 whole cloves – 1-2 cinnamon sticks – 1 tsp. vanilla extract – 6 egg yolks – 3/4 c. sugar – 2 c. half and half – 1 c. brandy – 1/2 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg


Step 1

In a medium saucepan, add the milk, cloves, cinnamon stick and vanilla. Heat on low for about 5 minutes and then slowly bring to a boil over medium heat. Promptly remove from heat to avoid scalding.

Step 2

While milk is heating, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.

Step 3

Slowly and gradually ladle the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Whisking with each ladle of milk. Return this mixture (cloves and cinnamon included) back to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes, continually whisking. The mixture will begin to thicken.

Step 4

Run the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the cloves and cinnamon stick. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Step 5

Stir in the half and half, brandy, and additional nutmeg. Chill for another 4-8 hours or overnight.

Step 6

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and nutmeg, if desired.

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