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Traditional English Eggnog


30 min

Traditional English Eggnog

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30 min


24 persons




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Author: Monica Feluchi

There is no Christmas in Britain without eggnog! This is a traditional drink that helps create that special Christmas spirit in each house! Let’s learn the recipe of this drink right away!


  • egg: 12 piece (large)
  • milk: 1 litre
  • heavy whipping cream: 710 ml
  • sugar: 360 g
  • nutmeg: 1 pinch (or to your taste)
  • rum: 3 cup

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Stages of cooking

  1. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Put the yolks into a separate medium bowl. Try to be very careful when cracking the eggs, not to mix the whites with the yolks. Otherwise, the whites may not whisk well.

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  2. Mix the egg whites with 180 g of sugar until they become white and frothy. This may take much time and effort, if you do that manually, so, if you have a mixer, you are welcome to use it.

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  3. Now, it is high time to mix the egg yolks with the rest of sugar. Take a separate bowl to do that.

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  4. The next step is to combine two mixtures in one. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites carefully and mix them to get a smooth mass. Take as much time as you need to stir the egg mixture well.

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  5. Now, add rum, milk and cream. Slowly pour the rum into the egg mixture, stirring it well. If you plan to serve the eggnog to children, you shouldn’t add alcohol, of course. Then, add the milk and cream slowly to the bowl, gently stirring them in. Some cooks recommend heating the milk and cream before adding to the egg mixture to help thicken and slightly cook the eggs. If you're worried about eating raw eggs, follow this step. To make your eggnog more dense, add less milk. This depends upon your taste and preferences.

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  6. Take your time to whip the eggnog well. Pour the readymade eggnog into a large punch bowl for serving.

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  7. Top with whipped cream and dredge with grated nutmeg or cinnamon for extra flavor and great taste. Enjoy your eggnog with your friends and family!

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History of the Traditional English Eggnog:

The eggnog, a traditional holiday drink, has its roots in medieval Britain, where people added wine, ale, or sherry to their hot milk drinks. As trade and colonialism expanded the spice trade, nutmeg became a popular addition to the drink. In the 17th century, eggs were added to the mix, giving rise to the eggnog as we know it today. Eggnog gained popularity in North America during the 18th century, where it became a staple of holiday celebrations. Today, eggnog is enjoyed as a festive drink around the world.

Tips and Tricks for Traditional English Eggnog Recipe:

  • Be very careful when separating egg whites from yolks. The egg whites should not mix with the yolks, or the whites may not whisk well.
  • Mix egg whites with sugar until the mixture becomes white and frothy. This step may take significant time and effort if done manually, so using a mixer is recommended.
  • Slowly pour rum, milk, and cream in the egg mixture while stirring. Heating the milk and cream before adding them to the eggs may help thicken and partially cook the eggs for those worried about eating raw eggs.
  • To thicken the eggnog, add less milk. The consistency of eggnog varies from person to person, depending on their preferences.
  • Serve the eggnog chilled and topped with whipped cream and grated nutmeg or cinnamon to add extra flavor.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  • Serve eggnog in a large punch bowl to allow guests to serve themselves.
  • Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the whipped cream for an extra festive touch.
  • Consider offering alcohol-free eggnog for those who prefer a non-alcoholic version.
  • Serve the eggnog in festive glasses or mugs to add holiday cheer.

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