The Perfect Eggnog For Christmas Coffee

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A moment of honesty: I had my first sip of eggnog when I was 32 years old. The proof, from 2016, lives forever on my Instagram feed. Since then, I’ve tried nonalcoholic eggnog, eggnog pudding, eggnog pie, and even an eggnog daiquiri (picked up via a drive-thru window in Natchitoches, Louisiana). For someone whose life was devoid of the creamy, nutty holiday tradition for much of her life, I have more than made up for it.

According to Time magazine, eggnog has origins in the medieval drink “posset,” a warm concoction made when liquor curdles milk. Later, monks began adding eggs, figs, and even sherry to the recipe. Soon enough, thanks to its celebratory (i.e., expensive) ingredients, eggnog became a favorite drink for toasts. Insider further adds that its association with Christmas likely came onc​​e spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean were added. Regardless of its history, one thing is certain — eggnog is synonymous with the holidays.

Family eggnog recipes are often kept close, rarely revealing exact measurements for dashes of this and sprinkles of that. Today, however, Carrie Morey, of Callie's Hot Little Biscuit in Charleston, South Carolina, is sharing her recipe, or should we say, her husband’s recipe, with us. Her latest book, Hot Little Suppers, reveals Morey’s favorite holiday recipes, including this one for eggnog. Morey says her version is great for a Christmas Eve gathering, especially because it makes enough for 12 to 14 servings. But, the real secret is adding a splash to your Christmas morning coffee. It’s “a little early-morning hair of the reindeer to help us get back into the holiday cheer,” she says.


  • 12 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup rum


1. In a large bowl, combine the egg yolks, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and ½ cup of the sugar.

2. Whisk together.

3. In a medium bowl, using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed while gradually adding the remaining ½ cup sugar. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form — this will take a couple of minutes.

4. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture until combined.

5. Slowly add the milk, heavy cream, bourbon, and rum. Stir until well combined.

6. Chill and stir the eggnog again before serving.

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Tags: Christmas, holiday season, new year

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Nicole Letts

Nicole is an Atlanta-based journalist with work appearing in AAA, BBC Travel, Good Grit, Modern Luxury, Southern Living, and more. See Full Bio

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