The Wonderful World of Drinking Custard

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We’ve all drunk a creamy glass of eggnog during the holidays. No one can resist taking silky-smooth sips of this seasonal drink during the coldest part of the year. After all, it’s pretty much the only holiday drink on the menu other than hot chocolate, right?


Enter drinking custard, the most delicious December drink for the holidays and beyond. If you’ve never heard of this magical confection, don’t feel bad; it’s a Southern thing. Food historians pinpoint its origins around Kentucky and Tennessee, where it’s become something of a local legend.

I had never even heard of the term “drinking custard” until I met Miss Laura. A kitchen savant for the last 80 years, Miss Laura was an expert in forgotten holiday classics, including the art of drinking custard. After partaking in a frothing mug for the first time, I just had to have her recipe. And now you can, too!

Drinking Custard Recipe

This recipe can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of larger or smaller gatherings. One full recipe yields about eight servings, so if you don’t want to have copious amounts of leftovers, halving the ingredients is perfect.

It’s easy to whip up a couple glasses of this festive drink for family, friends, or just for yourself. All you need are a few basic ingredients.:

Makes 8 servings


  • 1 quart milk, (2% can work, but it’s not the real deal)
  • 3 fresh eggs
  • 1/3 cup sweetner, (white or brown sugar)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract


1. Start by simmering your milk over medium heat, preferably in an all-metal pan.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together your eggs, sugar, and a pinch of salt until frothy. And if you’re worried about drinking raw eggs, fear not: salmonella is relatively rare. Recent estimates suggest that illnesses are only present in 1 out of every 20,000 eggs, making the risk comparatively low. Plus, the high heat of the drink will destroy anything dangerous that could be lingering.

3. Once your milk has reached a nice froth, set the heat to low.

4. Slowly whisk the milk into the eggs, stirring constantly to prevent the creation of scrambled eggs (I’ve done that one too many times).

5. As you stir, place your mixture over a double boiler, keeping an eye on the consistency. After about five or six minutes, you’ll start to notice the milk thickening around the whisk.

6. As soon as you notice the texture change, take the milk off the boiler and allow it to cool.

7. Add a touch of vanilla extract (or almond, if you prefer) to the roiling mix.

And just like that, voilá! The perfect holiday drink has been completed.


I prefer to serve my drinking custard in mason jars, but the possibilities are endless. Serve it up at your next holiday party, add a touch of spirits for the adults, or even bake it into your next culinary classic. The choice is up to you!

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Tags: Christmas, holiday season, dessert, custard

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