Homemade eggnog is seriously good and easy AND so much better than store bought! Drink it fresh off the stove and spiked to make hot bourbon eggnog and you’ll be looking forward to cold and snowy weather.
However, we are getting highs in the teens and twenties back home. (Fahrenheit! Negative numbers for you Celsius people.) Just looking at the weather reports has me shivering. There is some really cold air in the US right now. I see that people are shivering even in Texas and Florida. Brrrrr.
That means, while I’m more interested in cold, fruity drinks right now, I know I’m going to need a hot, spiked bourbon eggnog when I get back. We are going to be icicles! Tanned icicles, but still icicles.
And y’all look like you need one too.
A while back I came across an Italian recipe for hot eggnog, called the Bombardino and was immediately taken with the idea of making a hot cocktail from eggnog. I mean, why not?
But I didn’t want to have to buy another liqueur, so I wasn’t into the idea of using eggnog liqueur for the eggnog part of the drink. Instead, it was time to learn how to make eggnog from scratch. Which turns out to be really easy and simple! I mean, wow. I had no idea that I could have fresh eggnog in about 10 minutes (if I want it hot, 10 minutes + cooling time if I want it cold).
I’ve always had eggnog cold from the fridge, spiked or not, and with a little sprinkle of allspice or cinnamon over the top. But I also always have eggnog in the middle of winter when hot drinks rule and I’m looking to warm up. Hot eggnog is genius idea and everyone anywhere cold should totally make it!
Interested in a kid-friendly version?
No worries! One easy substitution later and you’ll have taken the bourbon out of the bourbon eggnog and have a hot drink the whole family can enjoy.
So grab some eggs and milk, don’t skimp on the bourbon, and apply whipped cream as needed. You’ll have to supply your own fire to sip it by, but fire or not this hot homemade eggnog is sure to warm you all the way through.
One warning before I get to the recipe: this cocktail is easy to drink and very strong. Be safe and be careful!
– Happy Sipping, Annemarie
Homemade hot bourbon eggnog is easy to make and will warm you right through. I think it's the perfect drink for cold and snowy days by the fire!
- 6 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch each allspice and cloves, plus other pinch if needed
- 1 cup bourbon
- whipped cream for topping
Whisk together the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a medium bowl until light.
In a large saucepan, heat the milk, cream, 1/4 cup of sugar, and the spices over medium heat until steaming, about 5 minutes. Take the saucepan off the heat.
While whisking the egg yolks, slowly add some of the steaming milk. Start by adding the milk by drops. Once you've added a few tablespoons you can pour in the milk in a thin stream while whisking. After you've added about 1 cup of the milk to the eggs, begin pouring the egg mixture back into the saucepan, while whisking constantly.
Stir in the bourbon and heat on low until the eggnog is hot and thick. Keep whisking while it is cooking. This will take about 5 minutes more.
Ladle a small amount of the eggnog into 6 glasses and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
For kid-friendly eggnog: Replace the 1 cup of bourbon with 1 cup of whole milk and proceed with the recipe as written.