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Here's a recipe for your Christmas eggnog

25th November 2015

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It’s a Christmas staple – but do you actually know how to go about creating your own eggnog?

According to a survey by Waitrose Cellar, 38% of Brits can’t live without the creamy, spicy tipple once the festive period rolls around – but 96% of those surveyed couldn’t actually name any of the ingredients.

Eggnog. The clue's in the name, guys. 

Here’s what you need to do to create your perfect eggnog at home.


2 large eggs, separated

25g caster sugar

100ml rum or bourbon

200ml whole milk

150 ml whipping cream

nutmeg to serve



1. Whisk the caster sugar and egg yolks together for a few minutes until they appear fluffy, light and pale; try using an electric whisk.

2. Bit by bit, whisk in the rum or bourbon.

3. Finally whisk in the milk. The mixture may need to be whisked again as it may separate over time.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.

5. Fold your first mixture into the whites very gradually.

6 Finally, whip the cream (until just holding its shape) then fold into the mixture too. If you like, sweeten with a little extra sugar.

7. Ladle into punch glasses and dust with nutmeg to serve.

*Contains raw egg, so it is not suitable for pregnant women, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. Eggnog can be made in advance (and stored in the fridge), but it should be served within 24 hours as it contains raw egg.

See more festive drinks from Waitrose Cellar here.

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