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  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A warming traditional winter time drink. This eggnog is easy to make and will get you in the Christmas spirit.


  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 100g (½ cup) golden caster sugar
  • 500ml (2 cups) milk
  • 250ml (1 cup) cream
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) vanilla paste
  • 125ml (½ cup) rum
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) bourbon
  • 25g (⅛ cup) caster sugar


  1. Place 4 egg yolks in a large mixing bowl along with the golden caster sugar. Whisk until light yellow ribbons are formed and it has doubled in size.
  2. Place the milk, cream, lemon zest and the vanilla paste in a large saucepan and heat over a low heat until just before a simmering point is reached.
  3. Temper the hot milk into the sugar yolk mixture, by slowly adding hot milk about 60ml (1/4 cup) at a time, whisking to distribute heat. Once all the milk has been added, transfer mixture back into the saucepan.
  4. Pour in the rum and the bourbon, allowing it to thicken into a runny custard texture while stirring constantly. 
  5. Once achieved, pour into a jar (preferably a mason jar) and set aside to cool and then place in the fridge for two weeks.
  6. Place your egg whites into an airtight container and place in the freezer.
  7. After two weeks, defrost the egg whites. 
  8. Place the egg whites in a clean mixing bowl and whisk until you achieve soft peaks. While whisking slowly add the caster sugar until fully incorporated.
  9. Add the custard mixture to the egg whites and fold it through.
  10. Serve in glasses of your choice. Enjoy!


  • You can use any alcohol you wish. I like the combination of rum and bourbon but you can use just one type of alcohol of the same amount if you so prefer. 
  • We also have a recipe on here for vegan eggnog which is great and means you don’t have to exclude your vegan friends and family.
  • I used golden caster sugar but feel free to substitute with the sugar of your choice.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American

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