Chris McNally’s Classic Eggnog
A classic cocktail for casual holiday party.
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 quarts whole milk
  • 1 cup dark rum (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 cup heavy cream


1. In 5-quart Dutch oven, with a wire whisk, beat the eggs, sugar, and salt until blended. Gradually stir in 1-quart milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon well, about 25 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil or it will curdle. (Mixture should remain at about 160°F.)

2. Pour the custard into a large bowl; stir in the rum (if using), vanilla, ground nutmeg, and remaining 1-quart milk. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours.

3. In a small bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. With a wire whisk, gently fold the

whipped cream into the custard mixture.

4. To serve, pour the eggnog into a chilled 5-quart punch bowl; sprinkle with nutmeg for garnish.

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