How do you make an easy eggnog recipe? Our guide gives you the classic eggnog recipe, plus some variations with orange and raspberry.
If you want to make eggnog yourself, you will find the basic easy recipe and instructions here, also for orange egg liqueur and raspberry egg liqueur.
Eggnog is a real all-rounder. It refines cakes and pastries, can be used as a glaze on the cake and, of course, tastes very good when drunk alone. Since it is easy to prepare, eggnog is made with pleasure and if you still have a grandmother, you will certainly get one or the other recipe. If you like variety, you can easily refine the eggnog with other ingredients and conjure up great taste variations.
Make egg liqueur yourself – basic recipe
You don’t need many ingredients for the basic recipe. The following should be in your shopping basket:
- 6 eggs
- 150 g powdered sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- 250 ml of condensed milk
- 500 ml brandy
Separate the eggs because you only need the egg yolk. Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl and add the egg yolk. Now stir the ingredients into a creamy mass with the hand mixer for 5 minutes. Then cut the vanilla pod open and scrape out the pulp with the back of your knife. Add this to the mass and stir in.
In the next step, add the condensed milk to the mass. Pour in the brandy slowly, stirring constantly. Then keep the eggnog cold for 2 hours, but stir occasionally.
After the cooling time, skim off any foam and fill the eggnog in clean bottles.
Shelf life of eggnog
Perhaps you shy away from making the eggnog yourself because you think it won’t last long. However, this is not true. If you have prepared the bottles thoroughly and stored the egg liqueur correctly, it will last a very long time.
Sterilize the bottles and lids in boiling water. Then let them drip upside down. Use a clean funnel for filling. In this way, you prevent germs from remaining in the bottle or entering the bottle, which quickly spoil the eggnog.
You also need not fear salmonella. You use raw eggs , but the alcohol content protects you here. Therefore, make sure that the brandy has an alcohol content of at least 14%. Alternatively, you can also use rum, because it definitely has enough alcohol.
Please note for storage:
Filled and closed bottles: stored cool and dark 1 year shelf life
Opened bottles: in the refrigerator 6 months
»Tip : With an open bottle, the consistency but also the taste can change somewhat. Simply shake the egg liqueur thoroughly. But be sure to check for traces of mold on the eggnog or on the bottom of the bottle.
Basically, the amounts of the recipes are such that only small amounts of eggnog are made. This also makes more sense, because the faster the eggnog is gone, the more certain you can be that it is really good. Since the ingredients of the egg liqueur usually settle down, it is advisable to shake the bottle before pouring it out so that the ingredients mix well again and the creamy consistency is retained.
Tasty eggnog variations
Especially on ice cream or in pastries, it can sometimes be a little taste kick. For this you can refine the eggnog with other ingredients without any problems. Depending on your taste, the basic quantities of the main ingredients also change a little. If you do not comply with this, it may happen that the eggnog becomes a little too thick or too liquid.
➔ Easy orange eggnog recipe
- 1 vanilla pod
- 15 egg yolks
- 250 g powdered sugar
- Orange peel
- 50 ml orange liqueur
- 200 ml white rum
- 200 g whipped cream
Cut the vanilla pod open and scrape the vanilla pulp out with the back of your knife. Seperate the eggs. Now put the egg yolk with powdered sugar and vanilla pulp in a bowl and whisk the ingredients over a hot water bath using the hand mixer. The mass should become thick foamy. Then add the orange liqueur, orange zest and rum and stir everything thoroughly.
Now whip the cream in a clean bowl until stiff. Then place the bowl with the egg mass in a cold water bath and stir cold. As soon as the mass has cooled, fold in the cream and fill everything into clean bottles. The orange liqueur can be kept in the refrigerator for about 4 weeks.
➔ Easy raspberry eggnog recipe
- 250 ml raspberry spirit
- 250 g raspberries
- 4 eggs
- 100 ml whole milk
- 400 g cream
- 150 g powdered sugar
For the raspberry liqueur, stir the egg yolk with 100 ml of raspberry spirit 3 days before preparation and put the mixture in the fridge. For the preparation, put the thawed raspberries in a bowl and puree them with the blender. Then swipe through a sieve so that there are no pieces in the liqueur.
Now heat the milk and cream in a saucepan. In another pot, heat water. Now heat the egg yolk mixture with powdered sugar and the hot milk and cream mixture over the hot water bath while stirring. The cream thickens. As soon as a nice cream has formed, remove the bowl from the water bath and stir for another 5 minutes until the cream has cooled somewhat.
Then stir the raspberries and the remaining raspberry spirit into the cream. Now you can fill the raspberry liqueur and leave it in the fridge for another 2 days. Stored cool, it can be kept for 3 weeks.
»Tip: For a nice color, you can stir a few drops of red food coloring into the liqueur before bottling.
Why the ingredients are so important
Always use fresh eggs to prepare the egg liqueur. In order to protect yourself from Salmonella anyway, the egg yolk should always be mixed with the alcohol. Always leave the finished liqueur for about 3 days so that the alcohol really kills all germs.
The creaminess depends on which milk you use. Condensed milk provides a creamy eggnog, while cream makes it a little more fluid. Alcohol is suitable for brandy, rum or any other clear schnapps with an alcohol content of 14% or more.