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The Original Eggnog


When she published this recipe in her first book "Entertaining," Martha wrote that this eggnog was "so rich it needs no accompaniment." It's made with plenty of bourbon, cognac, dark rum, heavy cream, and a dozen eggs -- and it serves a crowd.

  • Servings: 26
original eggnog

Photography: Alpha Smoot

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 3060


  • 12 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 1/2 quarts heavy cream
  • 3 cups bourbon
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 cups cognac
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


  1. In a very large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and pale yellow. Gradually add sugar to yolks. With a wire whisk, beat in milk and 1 quart cream. Add bourbon, rum, and cognac, stirring constantly.

  2. Just before serving, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into mixture. Whip remaining heavy cream until stiff and fold in. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

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  • enigma29niceya
    30 DEC, 2015
    Martha Stewart's Eggnog Martha, I made your eggnog for 9 people. I might add, 2 of them don't care for it. When, they tasted yours, they were converted! I am contemplating making it for them on New Years' Day. Thank you Martha for a fabulous eggnog recipe! My biceps did get a workout! :-) Linda
  • snowwhite51
    2 JAN, 2008
    This is a fabulous, elegantly classic holiday drink that can be modified a bit and still hold its own! Non-fat organic milk works well, as someone else noted, and you can adjust the alcohol content (and the sugar) to suit. For me, the freshly grated nutmeg is a must!
  • mmsrjs
    25 DEC, 2007
    Well kids aint had a drink in my life and not about to start now. I go with the kids and choose the Peppermint Eggnog. Oh so good
  • marbateese
    21 DEC, 2007
    Dear Martha, Your shows are so inspirational. Thankyou
  • granmaboat3083013
    18 DEC, 2007
    Decadent. More work than I usually like but worth it. Don't forget a cinnomon stick to drink out of. I also use vanilla extract instead of booz. Thoes who want can add their own.
  • joycehm
    17 DEC, 2007
    I have been making this since Entertaining came out - I had to omit the bourbon, but substituted 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract. The rest is a must for it to turn out beautifully - everyone's raved about this recipe for YEARS! Thank you, Martha!
  • idahomountaingoat
    16 DEC, 2007
    Delicious! Don't be afraid to lower the fat in milk....non-fat organic is perfect....lessen the sugar by one-half or more is also totally ok...use the bourbon or rum alone if you like....doesn't hurt it a bit....i have never used cognac...might try it this week.....but don't forget the cardinal principles of this recipe....the whipped whites and whipped cream folded in last............
  • tinkerette
    15 DEC, 2007
    Cut the ingredient measurements in half, ie 1 1/2 cups would be 3/4 cups.