Spiked Eggnog

Spiked Eggnog is homemade eggnog with liquor. This traditional homemade eggnog for a boozy eggnog cocktail is super easy to make, and you will soon wonder why you have never made this before. Homemade eggnog offers a richer, creamier flavor than what you find in the grocery store. Enjoy this fresher handcrafted cocktail for your holiday indulgences. If you want a decadent holiday drink, try this classic eggnog; it is perfect for holiday parties. 

Homemade spiked eggnog in a lowball glass.

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What makes boozy eggnog so good?

Boozy eggnog is celebrated for its warm, festive blend of spices, creating a comforting, indulgent treat perfect for holiday gatherings. With this homemade eggnog recipe, you can customize it with your favorite spirits like whisky, rum, bourbon, or even brandy. This cocktail has a rich creaminess that offers a sophisticated twist to this classic holiday beverage. It is the perfect drink to serve in your punch bowl. 

Why try this recipe? 

My spiked eggnog recipe is a must-try for those searching for a standout holiday beverage. It uniquely balances traditional eggnog’s rich, creamy texture with a carefully chosen blend of spirits, creating a delightful, comforting, and festive warmth. Unlike commercial versions, this recipe allows for personalization in sweetness, spice, and alcohol content, ensuring that every sip meets your preferences. You really can make the best spiked eggnog from scratch. Eggnog drinkers will love this so much more than store-bought varieties. 

Is Eggnog safe to drink?

Yes, homemade eggnog has raw eggs in it. There are two reasons why this is less problematic 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, read this page from the Food Safety Page.

Why This Recipe Works

I have made this delicious homemade eggnog recipe every year for many years. This creamy eggnog recipe is perfect for the holiday season. I am now in love with this rich holiday drink. It is simple to make, and it is simply delicious. Try this recipe once, and you will leave the store-bought eggnog alone.

Looking 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 aged eggnog. I let my spiked eggnog age for a few days before serving it. Whether you age it or not, you will love the taste. 

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 – bourbon, whiskey, brandy, or rum (I have used light rum, dark rum, and my personal favorite is a spiced dark rum)

Half-and-Half is sold in the Unites States, as a mixture of whole milk and heavy cream. It is half whole milk and half cream.

Homemade spiked eggnog ingredients on a tray.

What Alcohol To Mix With Eggnog

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

Here are some other recommendations for liquor for eggnog:

  • Bourbon – Evan Williams is a popular choice
  • Brandy or Cognac
  • Baileys Irish Cream or Rumchata
  • Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Rum – white, dark, or spiced
  • Whisky – Southern Comfort is a popular choice
  • Vanilla Vodka – has a light and refreshing flavor

How to Make Spiked Eggnog

Here are the simple steps for how to make alcoholic eggnog:

  1. Whisk the eggs together in a large bowl with a hand mixer until they are lighter in color and creamy.
  2. Add sugar and stir to blend until all sugar is dissolved in the egg mixture.
  3. Add half-and-half, heavy cream, and vanilla.
Collage of the first six steps of making homemade spiked eggnog.
  1. Stir to combine.
  2. Strain the mixture.
  3. Add liquor and stir to combine.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Collage of final 6 steps of making homemade spiked eggnog.

How to Serve Homemade Eggnog

I recommend you pour individual servings into a cup or chilled glass and then garnish them with the following toppings.

  • A sprinkle of fresh nutmeg or ground cinnamon.
  • Place a cinnamon stick in the cup.
  • Stir in some chocolate syrup.
  • Add a swirl of whipped cream on top of the eggnog.
Homemade spiked eggnog in cocktail glasses.

Frequently Asked Questions About Eggnog

What is eggnog?

Eggnog is a traditional milk punch that has been served up since the 1600s. This milk-based punch contains milk, cream, sugar, eggs, spices, and alcohol. This punch is rich and is almost like drinking a thick custard.

Should spiked eggnog be served hot or cold?

Eggnog is typically served cold.

Can this spiked eggnog recipe be made ahead of the serving time?

Absolutely. You can make this a couple of days before serving. Some people allow their eggnog to age a few weeks before serving.

How to store Boozy eggnog.

Store your homemade eggnog in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

What is eggnog spiked with?

You can spike eggnog with many different types of liquor. Rum (light, dark, or even spiced), brandy, whiskey, or bourbon all complement the eggnog.

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

Homemade spiked eggnog in two lowball glasses.

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Homemade spiked eggnog in two lowball glasses.

Homemade Spiked Eggnog

Enjoy this delicious homemade eggnog. Be sure to serve this in chilled cup or your favorite cocktail glass. This truly is the perfect holiday drink.
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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
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup rum, bourbon, whiskey, or brandy
  • grated nutmeg or cinnamon for serving


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer until they are creamy and lightened in color. Add the sugar and stir with a spoon until all the sugar is dissolved. Add the half-and-half, heavy cream, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Strain the mixture into an airtight container. Add the liquor and stir to combine. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, top each glass of eggnog with some grated nutmeg or cinnamon.



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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Reader Interactions


  1. Elizabeth

    I notice in the written instructions you say to strain the eggnog, but I didn’t see you strain in the video. Is this a necessary step? Thanks so much!

  2. 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.


  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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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