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


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary



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  • 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.

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

Reviews (10)

50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5.0 stars
This is similar to the Joy of Cooking recipe, the traditional egg nog, with a substitution of half the heavy cream for whole milk. It's the same amount of alcohol as in Joy as well. The switch from cream to whole milk makes it more heart healthy, which I like. I ran out of bourbon and used 1.5 cups instead of 3 cups but the same amount of the other two kinds of alcohol. It is delicious! If you don't like alcohol in your egg nog, by all means leave it out or reduce it. One word of caution, this recipe is awful right after you make it. It needs time to mature. Make the egg nog at least 24 hours before you intend to serve it; it will be fantastic! Martha recommends making it 2 days before in her video; I can't wait to see what it like after 4 days of maturing in my fridge! Merry Christmas everyone!
Rating: 1 stars
Disgusting mess. All one tastes is the alcohol, there is absolutely no eggnog flavor at all.
Rating: 1 stars
Bourbon volume is tripled, and congnac volume is quadrupled. Definitely do not add all the booze listed. Only requires 1 cup of bourbon and 1/2 cup of cognac. Google "Martha's classic eggnog" for the regular (halved) proportions. I just made this recipe for a group and it was ruined by the liquor volume.
Rating: 5 stars
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
Rating: Unrated
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!
Rating: Unrated
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
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Dear Martha, Your shows are so inspirational. Thankyou
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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.
Rating: Unrated
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!
Rating: Unrated
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............
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Cut the ingredient measurements in half, ie 1 1/2 cups would be 3/4 cups.