A giant hotel-silver punch bowl holds Martha's signature eggnog, rich with cream and laced with rum, bourbon, and Cognac.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2008


Recipe Summary



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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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 Notes

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 (9)

215 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 69
  • 3 star values: 53
  • 2 star values: 20
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
This is even better than Mom's original recipe! Must have been the 3 liquors. Fantastic!
Rating: 5 stars
This is so yummy, even my vegan friends drank it. Note that you need to keep folding this, as the foam rises after a while sitting out.
Rating: Unrated
OMG! After making this, I don't think I can ever go back to store-bought...so freaking delicious and well worth the 300 or so calorie splurge per half-cup serving!
Rating: 5 stars
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!!
Rating: Unrated
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.
Rating: Unrated
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!
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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!
Rating: Unrated
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.
Rating: Unrated
The eggs may not be cooked, BUT, wouldn't the massive amount of alcohol kill anything within a 10 mile radius?!