December 4, 2020| By

Bourbon Eggnog

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
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Not Your Grandma's Eggnog is a delicious Bourbon Eggnog holiday drink to be enjoyed all holiday/winter long! Rich, creamy, sweet, and easy to make!

If you're looking for more holiday cocktails, try this Sparking Bourbon Sangria, Christmas Sangria, and Bourbon Smash!

not your grandmas eggnog

It's officially the holidays!! *Alexa, play "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway"* Grab a cup of this Not Your Grandma's Eggnog and let's chat! Have you decorated your tree yet? Are your stocking hung by the chimney with care?! Well, for me, we put up our tree last weekend and I am LOVING all of the warm lights and Christmas music in the background. In addition to all of the adornments, nothing screams holiday more than eggnog. This eggnog, specifically.

No shade to the store bought eggnog, but that's not eggnog (in my opinion). THIS is eggnog. It's rich and creamy, it's full of cinnamon and clove and nutmeg and ginger ... and frankly, it's simply delicious. It's not your grandma's eggnog! In addition to being delicious, it's SUPER easy to make.

Typically, eggnog has either rum or vodka. However, this Not Your Grandma's eggnog uses bourbon... because you guessed it, it's not your grandma's. lol But I wanted to use bourbon because bourbon has really deep and beautiful flavors like caramel and vanilla and butterscotch. In my humble opinion, I think that this choice of spirits goes exceptionally well with the spices listed above. I often pair bourbon with cinnamon because it's the perfect marriage. It also add a really smooth touch to the eggnog and makes it even more enjoyable.

not your grandmas eggnog

Not Your Grandma's Eggnog

So tell me, do you typically decorate for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving? Because we ALWAYS decorate for Christmas November 1st (or the first weekend after Halloween) but this year, things were a bit different. Today is the first day that I actually felt the christmas spirit. So weird because this is my ACTUAL favorite time of the year... although I was a bit sad to say goodbye to pumpkin season. But here we are.

if I omit alcohol, will it change the recipe?

Absolutely not! With or without alcohol, this eggnog is delicious! Not adding alcohol will not alter the taste or consistency of the eggnog.

how long will the eggnog stay fresh?

Because this is fresh eggnog without any preservatives, I would only store this up to 3-4 days MAX. However, 9 times out of 10, after you taste this eggnog, you'll want to drink all of it immediately! For best storage practice, I would store this eggnog in a glass container with an airtight lid, such as a mason jar. It'll keep it freshest the longest!

not your grandmas eggnog

what do I need to make this eggnog?

I highly recommend using a hand mixer for this recipe, but you can use a stand mixer as well. The hand mixer comes in handy when mixing the egg yolks and the egg whites. The stand mixer is a bit higher up from the bottom of bowl. With a hand mixer, I can really beat the eggs and get them nice and frothy. You will also need a large sauce pan and a sieve. The sieve is not mandatory but I highly recommend it because it ensures that the eggnog is super smooth in texture. In addition, this isn't mandatory, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using freshly grated nutmeg for this recipe. It is NOT mandatory, but it makes a really nice difference in the taste!

not your grandmas eggnog


  • Do not bring the milk to a boil. When warming the milk over low heat, ensure that it only comes to a light simmer.
  • In addition, if you like a thinner eggnog, add 3 cups of milk as opposed to the 2 ½ suggested below.

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not your grandmas eggnog

Bourbon Eggnog

Bourbon Eggnog is a delicious holiday drink to be enjoyed all holiday/winter long! Rich, creamy, sweet, and easy to make!
Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 529kcal


  • 6 eggs
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup Bourbon
  • 3 tbsp sugar


  • Add milk to a large sauce pan and bring to a light simmer over low heat. Do not bring milk to a boil, you simply want to warm it up a bit.
  • Separate egg yolks and add to a large mixing bowl. Save egg whites for later, do not discard.Beat egg yolks with a hand mixer for 5 minutes, until frothy and light in color. Add sweetened condensed milk and continue to beat egg yolks for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Slowly begin to add warm milk to the bowl of beaten eggs and sweetened condensed milk. Add about one cup at a time to ensure that you do not cook the eggs. Once all of the milk is added, add entire mixture back into the saucepan and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes.
  • Make an ice bath! In a large mixing bowl, add ice and water and place a smaller bowl on top of the ice water and pour eggnog into the smaller bowl. (If you don't want to do this, allow your eggnog to cool for about 20-30 minutes, until room temperature).
  • While the eggnog is cooling, add egg whites to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer on high speed. When egg whites become bubbly and frothy, add 3 tablespoons of sugar. Beat until soft peaks form.
  • Once cooled, Add ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk together and add heavy cream, pinch of salt, and bourbon. Add egg whites and use hand mixer to blend together. Cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes, then serve.


Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 1310IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British

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  1. 5 stars
    I could really drink eggnog all year with this recipe. IT's so delicious. Thick, creamy and decadent. I've gotta add a little splash of bourbon on my next sips!

  2. 5 stars
    My dad is an eggnog fanatic, so he was super impressed when I made this for him! He asked me for the recipe because he doesn't ever want store bought eggnog again!

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