How To Make Your Own Eggnog

Sunrise Senior Living  |  December 24, 2014

One of the most notable holiday drinks is rich and creamy eggnog. This beverage is loved by many and has even inspired December to be named National Eggnog Month. There's no shame in indulging in a cup or two of the sweet drink during holiday celebrations, but it's not the best beverage to have regularly. Store-bought varieties usually contain between 250 and 400 calories per cup, with high levels of saturated fats and sugars. You're much better off making one of these quick and easy homemade versions of the classic winter treat.

Classic eggnog
This traditional recipe for eggnog isn't exactly healthy, as it contains a significant amount of sugar, but it's free of the preservatives and additives that you'll find in store-bought eggnog. However, it's important that you follow the instructions carefully in order to kill off any bacteria that may be in your eggs.

Ingredients

  • 4 beaten egg yolks
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions
Combine the eggs, milk and sugar in a large saucepan and warm over medium heat. Stirring constantly, cook the mixture until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If the mixture gets too hot, the eggs may curdle. If this happens, simply pour the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve before continuing. Remove the pan from heat, then submerge it into a bowl of ice water. Stir the mixture for two minutes, then add in vanilla. Transfer your eggnog to a pitcher or serving dish, cover and store in the refrigerator for at least four hours before serving. You can garnish the drink with a little whipped topping or ground nutmeg. 

Low-fat, sugar-free eggnog
If you want to make a healthier version of your favorite winter drink, this recipe is the way to go. It cuts out the sugar and greatly reduces the fat content of the eggnog as well. Don't worry though - it still tastes great! Your friends at the retirement community will barely be able to tell the difference.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granular sweetener

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process for one minute. You can add more egg substitute, sweetener or spices to suit your tastes. Transfer the mixture into a pitcher, then cover and chill for several hours. Shake or stir the mixture before serving. Garnish your healthy holiday treat with a little ground nutmeg for extra pizzazz.