My Ma Pat was a Cajun queen who often wore yellow high-waisted polka dot pants and uttered her swearwords in French so the grandkids couldn't understand. Fiercely loyal and a gift-giving pro, she never missed a birthday or anniversary – even though her family stretched far and wide. More than anything, my great-grandmother's homemade eggnog recipe is something to behold. It comes together in less than 30 minutes and only calls for 6 ingredients, but the deliciously rich and creamy flavor will have you believing it was developed by an awarding-winning chef.Ma Pat made her famous eggnog every year to kick off the holiday season, and I can distinctly remember my cousins and I arguing over who would get the first cup. Delectably sweet and topped with frothy, whipped egg whites and a dash of nutmeg, it's a cozy beverage that'll warm your heart in the dead of winter. Of course, feel free to add in a splash of Brandy – Ma Pat would approve.


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins
1 gallon


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix together sugar and egg yolks and beat until almost white in color. Set aside.

  • Cook evaporated milk, whole milk, and condensed milk over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 20 minutes or until milk mixture thickens and reaches 160˚.

  • Slowly pour 2 cups of hot milk mixture into the egg yolk and sugar mixture to liquify. Once combined, pour back into the hot milk mixture. Stir until smooth and hot.

  • Beat egg whites until stiff and add to milk for a frothy topping. Sprinkle with nutmeg if desired.