McDonald’s Eggnog Shake

McDonald’s Eggnog Shake is one of the items on McDonald’s menu that comes out around the Christmas holiday season. Over the years their shakes have only tasted better and better, and this eggnog shake tastes so good you will want one all year.

Homemade McDonald's eggnog shake with whipped cream and a cherry on top

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What makes the McDonald’s Milkshake so good?

Mickey D’s eggnog shake is so creamy and delicious that you almost don’t miss the alcohol. Almost. But by the time you unwrap your last gift, and the Christmas tree is starting to drop needles, the McDonald’s eggnog milkshake will be gone for another year.

Don’t worry. The recipe below will satisfy your eggnog shake cravings anytime you want, and it is so simple to make that you probably will find yourself serving them at your next holiday party!

Why you’ll love this recipe

The eggnog flavor is a holiday favorite, and eggnog isn’t a common flavor, so you can enjoy this unique milkshake when you make it at home. An eggnog milkshake has the right amount of sweetness balanced with savory elements of nutmeg. So there is something for everyone to love.

How to Make a Milkshake Like an Old-Time Soda Jerk

With so few milkshake ingredients, the only difference between a good one and a great one is having the proper equipment and knowing the correct shake-making techniques. Luckily, you probably already have everything you need.

You don’t have to invest in a dedicated milkshake maker, although they do look very cool. A halfway decent blender will work just fine for a simple milkshake like this one.

Take out the vanilla ice cream five to ten minutes before making the milkshakes. You want the ice cream to be soft enough to scoop easily but definitely not melting.

For the best results, use an unopened container of ice cream to make your milkshakes. Depending on the package type and your freezer, previously opened ice cream can develop ice crystals that can ruin a milkshake.

Once the ice cream is easily scoopable, scoop a cup for each serving into the blender. If you are adding any alcohol, pour it in now. Place the cover on the top, but take out the center cap. Turn the blender on low and slowly pour in the liquid until you reach the desired consistency.

Finally, pour the shake into frosted glasses, pop in a thick straw, and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Serve immediately.


Here’s a list of what you need to make this copycat McDonald’s eggnog milkshake recipe:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Eggnog
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherry
McDonald's eggnog shake ingredients

How to Make an Eggnog Shake

  1. Place vanilla ice cream into a blender.
  2. Add eggnog and blend for about 45 seconds.
  3. Pour the milkshake into a glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
closeup of an eggnog shake with whipped cream and a cherry on top

Tips and Variations For Making and Serving the Best Eggnog Shakes

  • Use your favorite type of vanilla frozen dessert. McDonald’s uses regular vanilla ice cream, but French Vanilla ice cream works extraordinarily well in this recipe. Surprisingly, low butterfat ice creams tend to make even creamier milkshakes. Replacing the ice cream with vanilla gelato or even frozen custard may be an exciting experiment.
  • Spice things up a bit. A light sprinkling of cinnamon and freshly ground nutmeg into the blender before mixing will elevate your eggnog milkshake to gourmet standing.
  • Make it an ‘adult’ milkshake. A shot of brandy, bourbon, or rum is always appreciated by those looking for a more traditional holiday tipple. Bailey’s Irish Cream is another great addition.
  • Frost your serving glass to keep the milkshake ice cold. Wrap your glasses in damp paper towels and place them in the freezer for a few minutes. Take the glasses out and gently peel off the paper towels.

Either way, it is going to taste great!

two eggnog milkshakes with whipped cream and a cherry on top

What can you serve with an eggnog milkshake?

Of course, you will want to serve this with some holiday cookies, I love to serve this with some 7 layer bar cookies or some Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. This would also go well with a slice of pumpkin bread.

Are you looking for more holiday recipes? Try these!

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Homemade McDonald's eggnog shake with whipped cream and a cherry on top

McDonald’s Eggnog Shake

Recreate the seasonal shake McDonald's serves up during the holidays, the Eggnog milkshake.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Eggnog Shake, McDonald’s Recipes, Milkshake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 416kcal


  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Place vanilla ice cream in a blender.
  • Pour the eggnog into the blender. Blend for about 45 seconds.
  • Pour the milkshake into a glass and top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.



Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Francis

    I think there is(was) also some rum flavor to the McDonalds Egg nog shake. Your recipe was great am going to try with a little imitation rum flavor next time.

  2. Bob Albano

    5 stars
    Here’s my recipe (to avoid using raw eggs):
    5 tbsps dry whole egg powder
    1 tsp nutmeg
    3 tbsps sugar
    10 tbsps warm water
    2 cups milk
    4 scoops vanilla ice cream
    Put egg powder, nutmeg, and sugar in a bowl.
    Add enough warm water to make a paste and stir.
    Pour milk into a blender.
    Add egg paste to the milk. Blend!
    Add ice cream to milk. Blend again!
    (Optional: add Bailey’s Irish Cream)

  3. kim

    Hi,I am lactose intolerant and Iwas wondering if iI can use natrel vanilla ice cream,the light eggnog and if Ican find it the low sugar whipped cream that is lactose free products in your milkshake recipe?

  4. kim

    5 stars
    Hi,I love your copycat MacDonald’s eggnog milkshake,I would like to make it in my magic bullet blender,but I was wondering if I could use a lactose free milk and ice cream with the spices in my blender.I am lactose intolerant and a diabetic.
    Can I also use a stevia packet and a light eggnog product in your smoothie?
    I will make your smoothie in my blender in December when the eggnog is in the grocery stores.

  5. BJ Goffard

    Love your recipes! Thank you. I have cannoli rods but unable to find recipes for the shells. My grandmother made hers shells and using real whipping cream. She sold her pastries and pies to a local grocery market in Buffalo, NY many years ago. Any recipes?

  6. Tracy Tillar

    I would like to know if the McDonlds Eggnog milkshake becoming to my area (Absecon,Egg Harbor city NewJersey) because it didn’t come last year

  7. sweetv

    Hi..I really enjoy this web-site,,I can cook the same food that I eat-out… at home and fit it to my diet and life style…just lov -u…

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