Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

This post was last updated on November 20, 2014 to include new images and a recipe video.

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

Not sure how things are in your house, but when the holiday season comes around, eggnog takes a welcomed spot in our fridge.

Dustin seems to have some sort of eggnog radar when we are grocery shopping.  I know it’s the holiday season, not when the leaves start changing and the weather gets colder, but when Dustin excitedly points out the eggnog in the refrigerated section of our supermarket.  Without fail, he will spot it.  Have no fear.

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While I can get my eggnog fix after only a glass or two, Dustin could brush his teeth with the stuff and it’d never get old.  Guess it’s the kid in him.

And, yes, I love him for it.

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For years, I’ve been saying I’d make Dustin some homemade eggnog.  But, every year, Dustin finds it too hard to wait for me to buy all the ingredients and make it on my own.

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

Well, that and because I always seem to push off making it.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, this year was different.

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog - Ingredients

This year, I made my husband some homemade non-alcoholic eggnog.

And it was good.

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Making eggnog is actually quite simple.  You probably have most, if not all, the ingredients you need already sitting in your fridge or pantry.

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

What I liked about making my own is that I can control the flavors.  I get to add just the right touch of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Plus, the eggnog is super creamy and delicious…it just tastes better.  As Dustin happily put it, this eggnog was “extra ‘noggy.”  And we all agreed.

Try it — you’ll understand.

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Word to the wise: If you’re looking to serve several people or want extra for yourself, it doubles and triples well.  I do this often, as you can imagine.

Also, please, oh please, use this eggnog to make your very own eggnog latte at home.  You’ll be blown away by the goodness, I promise.

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog
Happy holidays!

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

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This is the best non-alcoholic eggnog recipe I've ever had. Rich, creamy and smooth, it's soooo yummy!
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sweetened, condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp.ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine milk, cloves, cinnamon and condensed milk over low heat in a deep sauce pan until the mixture is no longer chilled and is heated through. Slowly increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a low boil. Careful not to allow a rolling boil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Beat eggs using a stand mixer, electric mixer or by hand until lightened in color and fluffy.
  3. Slowly temper the eggs by adding about 1 tbsp. at a time of the hot milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Once enough of the milk mixture is in the egg mixture, pour it all back into the sauce pan. Heat over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. You will know it's thick when you can leave a clean line on the back of a spoon (see picture above).
  4. Add the heavy whipping cream, nutmeg and vanilla extract to the mixture and heat through. Do not bring to a boil.
  5. Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer to catch the spices. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator and let cool for at least one hour, preferably longer.
  6. Serve cold. Garnish with additional nutmeg if desired.


  1. kayla says

    My 4 year old had to take medication over the holidays and the only way we could get her to take it was to chase it with eggnog which we bought from the store (with all the yucky artificial ingredients that go with store bought eggnog). Fast forward past the holidays, she has to take medication for the flu now and was only willing to take it if she could chase it with eggnog again. Of course there is no eggnog anywhere to be found. So happy I found this recipe! No artificial ingredients and it’s DELICIOUS! So easy to make– the video helped a ton. It was the perfect “spoonful of sugar” to help the medicine go down. Thank you!

    • says

      YES! I LOVE that your girl takes meds with eggnog chasers lol. I totally wish I had done that when I was a kid! I’m so glad this recipe and video helped you guys out. :) Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Hmmm…I’ve actually never heard of grated cloves and I couldn’t find any helpful information online. My inclination would be yes, but to use about 2/3 of what my recipe calls for.

  2. says

    I’m in the same boat as many, living oversees and in need of eggnog :) thanks for the recipe and the video was super helpful because I didn’t know what tempering meant 😉


  3. Ben says

    Awesome blog! I love home made eggnog and it’s very easy to make. Kudos to your incredible photos and video. They are food art.

  4. Alex says

    First off, it looks really good and I plan on making a batch for a Christmas Eve party. However, some of my friends still want a little cognac and/or whiskey with their eggnog.

    I might just bring a bottle and let them serve their desired portion. But will the alcohol mess up it’s sweet taste (sweetened condensed milk)? This may be a dumb question but I thought I should ask. I don’t wanna mess up a good thing.

  5. Veronika says

    Your eggnog recipe is amazing!!!
    Since there’s no way of getting eggnog in a German grocery store, I’ve been trying different recipes the last couple of years but they either didn’t taste right or were watery… But this topped everything and went straight to my personal collection!
    Thank you for making this years Christmas season extra noggy!
    Greetings from Germany!

  6. Kaye says

    I wanted to know if you have this eggnog recipe for a Christmas party of 40? I suppose I can multiply by 20 but didn’t know if it would be practical that way. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Kaye, I do not, actually. Wow, that’s a lot of eggnog. lol. Tempering it would be difficult in that large of a quantity. I’ve multiplied it by 4 before and it went well so I’d bet you could probably do it best in 4 different batches and still have it be good to go. Please share how it goes!! :)

  7. swt1221 says

    Hi Lacey,

    I like your website, I’ve been checking it out and learning a lot about cooking and such.

    I haven’t tried eggnog before and came across this recipe. Thought I would give it a try.

    Question about an ingredient list from the recipe:

    It says “5 whole cloves” and I’m not sure of what.


  8. says

    This is amazing! I am Canadian, lived in the States my entire adult life and now live in Ireland – where eggnog doesn’t exist! It isn’t sold in stores and nobody has even heard of it. I have tried homemade eggnog recipes for years, but came to the conclusion eggnog might just be the only thing on the planet that tastes better store bought…. until now! I can’t even express how happy I am to have found this recipe; especially being so far from ‘home’ at Christmas. My kids were so excited, “It tastes JUST like it!” “We’re the only ones in Ireland with eggnog!” haha Thanks so much <3

  9. David and Lee says

    This will be our first time making this recipe, and im wondering if I messed it up. I did temper the eggs, but there were these little pieces on the bottom of the pot.
    I did strain everything, and now we have to cool it. Do you think it will be ok?

    • says

      Very good question. I’m wondering if your heat was up too high and it cooked the eggs on the bottom of the pot? After straining, I’d check the flavor — it might just be fine.

  10. Brittany says

    Yay! I have ALWAYS loved eggnog! This will allow me to do something not so high in lactose! Like Nia, will have to do some experimenting…

  11. Nia says

    I too have never tasted eggnog. Bought some mass produced stuff. I don’t think it was supposed to taste like that. I don’t drink dairy milk or use white sugar. Was wondering, how would this recipe fare using soy or almond milk and raw sugar? My mister would love to have a vat of eggnog throughout the year. Please advise.

  12. Jason says

    I am 29 and have never tasted eggnog in my life, but for some reason this Christmas I am very curious about it. I researched a ton of recipes and this is the one I’ve chosen to be my first experience of eggnog. I will update you in a while to let you know how it all turns out!

  13. Renee says

    Perhaps. I thought I had tempered slowly enough, but next time I will temper more slowly! :) How long will this keep in the fridge before going bad? Thanks so much for the yummy recipe!

  14. Renee says

    Tasted delicious! But I did something wrong because it was way too thick and kind of “grainy.” Any ideas? But the flavor is out of this world!

  15. Haley says

    This was my first time making eggnog and let me tell you it did not disappoint. It tasted just like the eggnog at my hometowns little dairy. I had some my friend made a couple days after I made mine and hers was no where as good. MMMM! Thank you!

  16. Krysta Perkins says

    I’m super excited about trying this recipe out! My husband must have the same eggnog “radar” yours does! By the time winter rolls around, he practically lives off the stuff. This will be perfect with practicing my cooking and saving us money since he drinks so much of it.

    I signed up to your blog and have been exploring all night. This is just amazing. Thanks so much!

  17. Aubrey Wellington says

    I was wondering which milk you are suppose to use. In one place it says sweetened condensed and then in directions it says evaporated. So i was wondering which to use.

    I cant wait to make this! Looks so yummy

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