Stout Eggnog

Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

This Stout Eggnog is the perfect seasonal treat. Use a vegetable peeler to make chocolate curls, or use a serrated knife to slice through a chocolate bar for shards.


  • 6 large egg yolks, plus 2 large whites

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • Large pinch of coarse salt

  • 12 ounces stout beer

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • ½ cup dark rum, such as Appleton Estate

  • Unsweetened freshly whipped cream, for serving

  • Chocolate shavings, for serving


  1. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar until pale yellow and thick, about 2 minutes. In a medium saucepan, bring milk and salt to a bare simmer. Whisking constantly, slowly pour hot milk mixture into yolk mixture.

  2. Pour yolk mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture is just thick enough to coat back of spoon and hold a line drawn by your finger, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Let cool, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Add beer, cream, and rum; cover and refrigerate overnight.

  4. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup sugar and egg whites in a heatproof mixer bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm (it should feel smooth between your fingers), 2 to 3 minutes. (For fully cooked eggs, a thermometer inserted into meringue should register 160 degrees.) Remove from heat. With a mixer on high speed, beat until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Fold into eggnog.

  5. Pour into glasses (or a punch bowl); top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

Cook's Notes

The eggs in both the base and the meringue are cooked, so food safety shouldn't be a concern.

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