Making eggnog at home doesn’t have to involve alcohol! I’ll show you how to make homemade eggnog with zero booze so everyone can enjoy this holiday favorite treat – kids included! My simple recipe makes four cups of delicious homemade eggnog and only takes about 10 minutes start to finish.
I don’t know about you, but we LOVE making our own eggnog around here! It’s a holiday tradition! There is nothing quite like homemade eggnog. It’s creamy, rich, and has a hint of nutmeg, cinnamon and orange that makes it perfect for holiday gatherings. The only downside? Alcohol isn’t always the best ingredient to use when making eggnog recipe. That’s why I’ve created this blog post on how to make the best non alcoholic eggnog recipe!
The holiday season is here and it’s time to start thinking about eggnog. This is a favorite drink for many people, but what if you’re not into the idea of alcohol? A non alcoholic eggnog version can be made which still tastes great! If you love homemade eggnog like we do, check out my recipe below on how to make your own homemade recipe as well as some other ideas on what flavors go well with the traditional drink. Plus there’s information in this article about where (or when) you should serve it and even alternatives to add more flavor without adding too much sugar.
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What is eggnog?
Eggnog is a drink made from milk, sugar and eggs. Other ingredients are often added for flavor including cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract or rum. The mixture of egg yolks into the dairy product creates an incredibly rich homemade eggnog that tastes great during winter months!
Eggnog has been around since medieval times where it was consumed as part of Christmas celebrations in England – but don’t worry- no one drinks alcohol with their homemade version here! It’s actually believed to have originated when Europeans began mixing spices like nutmeg and cinnamon with wine which resulted in this creamy beverage we know today.
Why you should make your own eggnog at home?
The best thing about making your own homemade eggnog? You can control the ingredients! Store bought eggnog is often high in sugar and has a significant amount of alcohol. It’s also pasteurized so you know it will last longer on your grocery store shelves. If non alcoholic homemade eggnog sounds good, keep reading for all my tips to make sure this easy eggnog recipe turns out perfectly every time!
Can you make eggnog without alcohol?
Absolutely! Alcohol in homemade eggnog is not required and it can be made without this ingredient. It’s a great option for people who don’t want to consume alcohol or those that are serving non alcoholic homemade eggnog at parties with children or designated drivers present.
You can also add rum extract when you’re finished cooking the holiday beverage if you’d like some extra flavor.
What does non alcoholic eggnog taste like?
Non alcoholic homemade eggnog tastes just as delicious as the version with alcohol! It’s creamy and rich, lightly sweetened and can easily be made into a non alcoholic ice cream topping too if desired. Since this homemade eggnog is free of any spirits it won’t leave you feeling drowsy or hungover – so no need to feel guilty about having more than one glass during holiday celebrations!
What spices are in eggnog?
Eggnog is known for its Christmas-y spices including nutmeg, cinnamon or cloves. This homemade eggnog recipe uses a bit of each spice plus some orange zest for the best flavor! For those who are not big on spicy flavors try adding just vanilla extract or rum extract instead – talk about delicious!
Is homemade eggnog healthy?
Homemade eggnog recipe has plenty of protein thanks to eggs and milk. So this drink will keep tummies full while offering lots of vitamins and minerals including vitamin D, potassium, calcium and iron along with fiber. It’s almost like homemade protein drink!
However it’s loaded with cream and sugar so homemade eggnog isn’t the healthiest choice you could make. Try my homemade version and control how much sugar (or artificial sweetener) and cream goes into your drink !
When should you serve homemade eggnog?
There’s no better time than during winter months with snow on the ground to enjoy a glass of homemade eggnog. It’s such an easy beverage recipe to whip up in just minutes so be sure to keep it handy for festive holiday celebrations or after dinner drinks any night of the week! Plus since this mixture is so creamy, it can double as homemade ice cream topping if desired which makes this another great option for desserts too.
Homemade alcohol free eggnog is great for holiday parties! Since it can be made in batches and stored in your refrigerator, this recipe works well if you’re entertaining large groups around the holidays. Just make sure to keep an eye on how long each batch has been sitting out while serving – especially with children present at gatherings so there are no issues while drinking homemade eggnog!
What to mix with non alcoholic eggnog
Non alcoholic homemade eggnog is easy to whip up and it’s delicious on its own. However, this drink recipe can be paired with many different beverages including non alcoholic dark crème de cacao if desired for an extra hint of chocolate flavor or even your favorite coffee beverage like cappuccino or iced mocha java!
Homemade eggnog is the perfect balance between sweet and spicy flavors so it pairs well with desserts too. Try serving homemade eggnog topped off with gingerbread cookies or shortbread cookies dunked in the holiday drink.
Or sprinkle your eggnog with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg before serving and top with homemade whipped cream!
Add some ice cream for a delicious homemade ice cream float!
Throw some eggnog and ice cubes in a blender and pulse a few time to make the perfect holiday slushie!
How to serve non alcoholic eggnog
Homemade non alcoholic eggnog is typically served in a punch bowl or pitcher. But can also be enjoyed in mugs, whiskey glasses or even mason jars with festive straws for an easy party drink!
If you serve it in a punch bowl at a party, I recommend sitting the bowl on a bed of ice cubes. This helps the drink stay cold and safe from spoiling too early.
Another delicious way of serving this eggnog is in this super easy, lip-smacking eggnog tiramisu, ready in just about 20 minutes!
Can you make non alcoholic eggnog ahead of time?
Homemade eggnog can be made ahead of time too! Just place the mixture in an airtight container and keep it covered in your refrigerator up to seven days before serving so you have a quick drink option at your fingertips during busy holiday weeks.
How do you store homemade eggnog?
Store homemade eggnog in the fridge overnight before serving and keep leftovers covered with plastic wrap touching the surface of the liquid so that it doesn’t develop skin over time. I would recommend making this at least 24 hours ahead of when you plan to serve it because letting eggnog sit overnight allows the flavors to blend well.
How long does homemade eggnog stay good in the fridge?
There are no preservatives to prevent bacteria growth and this drink doesn’t have as much sugar as commercial versions do either. So homemade eggnog can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week when it’s made without alcohol!
However, feel free to make alcoholic eggnog ahead of time by placing the mixture into an airtight container and storing it covered in the refrigerator up to three days before serving so that quick holiday beverages are never out of reach.
Make sure to keep an eye on how long your eggnog has been sitting out before serving too so that no one drinks anything spoiled or unsafe.
Can homemade non alcoholic eggnog be frozen?
Homemade homemade non alcoholic eggnog can be stored in freezer-safe containers and saved for up to three months. This makes a great drink option when entertaining large crowds, too! Just whip out that homemade healthy non alcoholic eggnog from your freezer on Christmas day morning so that everyone can have a festive beverage while opening gifts together.
What kind of alcohol is best to use in eggnog?
Alcohol is optional when making this eggnog at home! However, you may want to spike your drink. In this case, consider using rum, vodka or some bourbon whiskey (or all together), because these flavors work well together and add a rich depth of flavor while not being overly sweet.
Can cats have non alcoholic eggnog?
Cats can have alcohol free eggnog in very small quantities. However, they shouldn’t be given more than a teaspoon of the holiday drink because it’s quite high in sugar and fat for their digestive system. Also keep cats away from eggnog if there are any spirits added since alcohol is toxic to them!
Can dogs have non alcoholic eggnog?
Dogs can drink homemade alcohol free eggnog in small amounts, but should not be given more than a tablespoon of this holiday beverage. However, homemade eggnog doesn’t have as many benefits for dogs and can upset their stomach if they drink too much. And if you’re making eggnog with alcohol added – keep it out of reach of your pup since even small amounts are harmful to canines.
Can eggnog be made without eggs?
Yes, homemade eggnog can be made without an egg. However, the drink won’t thicken as much because there’s no protein to act like a thickener in this recipe.
Can you make homemade non alcoholic eggnog hot?
Homemade homemade non alcoholic eggnog is best served cold, warm or at room temperature – never heated up! You could warm it over the stove on low heat but don’t actually bring it to a boil. This is because boiling kills off all those delicious flavors that develop during cooking.
- whole milk (or half and half),
- heavy cream
- granulated sugar (can substitute with sweetener )
- spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and orange zest
- vanilla extract and rum extract
How to make non alcoholic eggnog
- Mix egg yolks and sugar and whisk until light and creamy.
- Add the rest of ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a light simmer.
- Add vanilla and rum extract
- Strain through a fine sieve.
- Temper the eggs by adding one or two spoonful’s of the hot mixture. Continue until all milk mixture is added to the egg mix.
- Pour all mixture back into the saucepan and bring to a light simmer, about 3 minutes
- Remove from the stove, pour into a pitcher and cover with heat resistant foil.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hr before serving (or serve warm).
This holiday season, ditch the store-bought eggnog and try a homemade recipe that you can make with your own ingredients. Even if it’s not traditionally served as an alcoholic drink, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy this festive beverage without alcohol.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe for homemade eggnog. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and share with others what makes your home feel like “home.”
Comment below with your favorite non alcoholic eggnog drink!
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- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cloves
- ¼ tsp dried orange zest
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp rum extract
- Mix egg yolks and sugar and whisk until light and creamy.
- Add the rest of ingredients (except for the extracts) to a saucepan and cook on stove.
- Bring to a light simmer.
- Remove the saucepan from the stove and add vanilla and rum extract
- Strain the hot mix through a fine sieve.
- Temper the eggs by adding one or two spoonful's at a time of the hot mix, until all hot mixture is added to the egg mix.
- Pour entire mixture back into the saucepan and cook, whisking continuously.
- Bring to a light simmer, about 3 minutes.
- Remove from the stove, pour into a pitcher.
- Cover with heat resistant foil. Chill in the fridge overnight or for at least 1 hr before serving (or serve warm).