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Martha's Classic Eggnog

  • Servings: 12
Martha's Classic Eggnog

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2008


  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup bourbon, preferably Maker's Mark
  • 1/4 cup dark rum, preferably Mount Gay
  • 1/4 cup Cognac, preferably Remy Martin Grand Cru
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for sprinkling


  1. Beat yolks in a very large bowl until thick and pale. Slowly beat in sugar. Whisk in milk and 2 cups cream. Mix in bourbon, rum, and Cognac. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

  2. Just before serving, beat whites until stiff peaks form. Fold whites into eggnog. Whisk remaining 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form, and fold into eggnog. (Alternatively, you can fold half the whipped cream into eggnog, and top with remaining half.) Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Cook's Note

The egg yolks and whites in this recipe are not cooked. This dish should not be prepared for pregnant women, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.

Reviews (7)

  • Wiggy1770 22 Dec, 2014

    OMG! After making this, I don't think I can ever go back to freaking delicious and well worth the 300 or so calorie splurge per half-cup serving!

  • ElleVida 19 Dec, 2012

    This turned out perfectly!
    I made it for Thanksgiving for 16 of my friends who are all Swiss (as am I). Most of them were very skeptical of an alcoholic drink containing eggs (Eggnog is not widely popular here...).
    Every single one asked for seconds!!

  • Karen1968 7 Dec, 2011

    By far, the best eggnong recipe out there. I have to admit that sometimes I do cheat and buy the eggnog, but I still use Martha's liquor ratio. Always a BIG hit at Christmas parties, even for those who think they don't like eggnog.

  • KatVee 24 Nov, 2010

    Absolutely awesome! It was a hit last year's Christmas gathering and also a party. It will be made again this year! Happy Holidays everyone!

  • abedell 14 Dec, 2009

    This is beyond delicious! I've also added a bit of sherry (ran out of cognac) and that works too - makes it a bit sweeter. A huge hit at any party!

  • domesticgodessintrainin 12 Nov, 2009

    Yes, I think pregnant or anyone whose health is compromised should stay away from this eggnog for the amount of liquor it contains, never mind the raw eggs!! This is intense eggnog. My husband LOVES it. I had half a cup and I was in pain (I have a slight lactose sensitivity that usually doesn't bother me) It is something very special for your holiday guests to enjoy. They've probably never tasted eggnog like this.

  • cookiesgalore 23 Dec, 2008

    The eggs may not be cooked, BUT, wouldn't the massive amount of alcohol kill anything within a 10 mile radius?!

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