Eggnog cocktail
Eggnog is a rich, creamy cocktail made from milk, sugar, egg yolks and whipped egg whites to make it frothy. Whilst it can be made with any of the richer spirits, it is usually made with rum and/or brandy.
It is believed that eggnog was a variation of the Posset, a drink enjoyed by the British Aristocracy as far back as the 13th century.
As the centuries passed, eggnog became a favourite of the early American settlers in the 17th century; as cheap rum and eggs were relatively plentiful.
Warm, comforting eggnog would eventually become a much-loved symbol of the festive season and even today that what it is most associated with. It is reasoned that because rum became harder to source during prohibition the humble eggnog was reserved for special occasions – like Christmas.
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • mug


  • 2 eggs (separated)
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 120 ml rum or bourbon or brandy
  • grated nutmeg (to garnish)


  • Add the egg yolks together with 3 tablespoons of sugar into a large bowl and beat until fluffy.
  • Pour in the milk, heavy cream and the spirit of your choice.
  • Using a different bowl, beat the egg whites together with 1 tablespoon of sugar until you can see peaks forming.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the first mixture.
  • Pour into 4 coupe glasses.
  • Garnish with the nutmeg sprinkled on top.


When and where was eggnog invented?

Eggnog originated in Britain during the early medieval times as a drink called posset which is a hot drink similar to an ale.

During the 1700s, eggnog was introduced to America by settlers and it made use of the relatively cheap rum which was plentiful at the time.

Why is eggnog bad for you?

Eggnog is full of fat (cream, egg), sugars and alcohol – so it is not a healthy drink, and is best enjoyed in moderation and as part of a healthy diet.

What does the nog in eggnog mean?

Nog is an old english word for a strong ale.

What does eggnog taste like?

Despite the usage of eggs, the taste is more creamy as the milk and cream dominates the flavourings, because of the egg though it is said that eggnog tastes a little like melted ice cream.

The first recorded eggnog recipe dates back to 1775, and it was made rum.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.