Spiked Eggnog

Spiked Eggnog is homemade eggnog with liquor. This recipe for a boozy eggnog cocktail is super easy to make, and you will soon wonder why you never made this before.

homemade spiked eggnog in glasses with cinnamon sticks as stirrers.

Eggnog Cocktail

First, I must make a confession. I love eggnog. I  never tried the spiked version until too late in life, people speak of it so highly. I must confess, I know why now. I finally made some homemade eggnog with alcohol and it is delicious.

Yes, homemade eggnog has raw eggs in it. There are two reasons why this is less worrisome than you might think.

First off, let me say minors should not consume drinks with alcohol.

Secondly, you can purchase pasteurized eggs. These pasteurized eggs are safe to consume. If you have additional concerns about raw eggs in eggnog, be sure to read this page from the Food Safety Page.

Two glasses of homemade spiked eggnog.

Why This Recipe Works

I have made this recipe a few times in the past couple of weeks. I am now in love with homemade eggnog. Simple to make, and it is simply delicious.

Now, if you look online you may see it’s all the rage to age your eggnog for a few weeks before serving. While I did not do this for my recipe, you can read about aging eggnog. I let my spiked eggnog age for a couple of days before serving it.

What is in Eggnog

Eggnog ingredients are very simple. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Half-and-Half
  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Liquor – Rum, bourbon, whiskey, or brandy

Half-and-Half is sold in the US, it is a mixture of whole milk and heavy cream. It is half whole milk and half cream.

What Alcohol Goes in Eggnog

The alcohol that I choose to use for my eggnog was dark spiced rum. I personally love the flavor of a good quality spiced rum. I think it adds a lot of nuance to the eggnog flavors and is the best liquor for eggnog.

Here are some other recommendations for eggnog liquor:

  • Bourbon – Evan Williams is a popular choice
  • Brandy
  • Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Rum – white, dark, or spiced
  • Whisky – Southern Comfort is a popular choice

How to Make Eggnog with Alcohol

  1. Whisk the eggs together until they are lighter in color and creamy.
  2. Add sugar and stir to blend until all sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add half-and-half, heavy cream, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  4. Add liquor and stir to combine.

I hope you give this alcoholic eggnog recipe a try, and I hope you find homemade eggnog as delicious as I do.

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Homemade Spiked Eggnog

Enjoy some old fashioned homemade eggnog with alcohol for a creamy holiday cocktail.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail, Eggnog, Homemeade Eggnog, Spiked Eggnog
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 316kcal


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup rum, bourbon, whiskey, or brandy


  • Whisk the eggs together until they are lighter in color and creamy.
  • Add sugar and stir to blend until all sugar is dissolved.
  • Add half-and-half, heavy cream, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Add liquor and stir to combine.



Use pasteurized eggs if you are concerned with consuming raw eggs.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 117mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. HTeezy

    Came across your simple recipe in a google search. For those that are concerned about raw eggs. If you’re making a boozy concoction, the alcohol will kill that bacteria. If you’re not doing the booze, then go for the pasteurized eggs.


  2. Roy Glanville

    5 stars
    Thanks Stephanie. Tastes great. I like to add 1/4 tsp nutmeg to this recipe. By the way, the Honda VT750 you sold me still works great. I took it to Glacier National Park last summer and rode it all around northern Montana.

  3. Eileen Ross

    Even though we raise our own chickens and the eggs are organic, I still hesitate to digest raw eggs. Do you have another recipe when you can at least heat it to kill any bacteria?

    • Stephanie

      To make the recipe as written I would suggest that you use Safest choice store bought eggs, they are eggs that are pasteurized. If not, you could put the whole mixture into a double boiler, and I believe you would heat this to 140 degrees, prior to adding the alcohol.

      • Eileen Ross

        Thanks Stephanie, that helps. I shall heat it in a double boiler, as we prefer our own eggs, and, we have a lot of them!

    • Pattty

      5 stars
      I found an eggnog recipe that tastes great and I also make it sugar-free. Mine only uses the yolks. Whip with Splenda and set aside. Mix the cream and milk, nutmeg in a saucepan, heat till simmers. Add a small part milk to yolks, then add a little more. Add all the yolks mixture to the milk mixture. Heat again to simmer. Put in jar and cover and cool.

      6 yolks
      1/2 cup Splenda
      1 cup cream or half and half
      2 cups milk 1/2 tbsp. nutmeg, add vanilla after removing from the heat!

  4. Claire Turgut

    Hi Stephanie.
    I just wanted to ask exactly what is Half & half? As I’m in the Uk and I’ve never heard of this so what can I use instead please as I’m dieing to make your Boozy Egg Nog.
    Ty Claire.
    Ps. Now I’m feeling slightly stupid for asking but if I don’t ask right lol.

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