Cooked Egg Holiday Eggnog (with video)

Cooked Egg Holiday Eggnog? Does that mean my favorite vintage holiday eggnog is no long made with raw eggs? YES it does!

Vintage Eggnog With COOKED Eggs!
Vintage Eggnog With COOKED Eggs!

How Is This Cooked Eggnog Better?

It means my holiday eggnog just got a facelift and is now safe to drink, and in fact tastes way better and prettier!

I am not a fan of raw eggs and so I created a creamier eggnog, simmered on low with only the egg yolks.

Then, chilled the eggnog doused with Licor 43 (or a favorite eggnog liquor), and topped with a nutmeg dusted meringue.

Did you say a meringue? Yes, both egg whites and yolks cooked, separated and used in two places in this drink, for holiday cocktail perfection!

What’s In Your Holiday Eggnog?

Evidently we’ve been drinking this vintage holiday drink without really thinking about what’s in it.

When I was growing up, I’d watch my mom make eggnog in the blender with rich cream, several raw eggs, sugar and some booze.

She’d whirl it until it became frothy and creamy, pour for guests and sip. One day I asked if she would make one for me without the booze so I could taste it.

While it tasted great, it gave me a tummy ache.

Now I know why, and so I set out to recreate this delicious cocktail (or mock-cocktail), so it can be safely enjoyed.

I’ve also experimented with using different types of milk or cream and they all taste amazing, almond or coconut being my preferred, though I do drink dairy without issues.

Vintage Holiday Eggnog

Many years ago, here in America, eggnog was the holiday drink of its time. Vintage, but it faded. Why? 

We became health conscious and aware that eggnog was always made with raw eggs. Yuk!

With An Added Step - Cooking - Eggnog Is Safe And Delicious To Drink
With An Added Step – Cooking – Eggnog Is Safe And Delicious To Drink

Raw Egg Eggnog

Eggnog does not have to be made with raw eggs. So, I am going to show you how to make the most luscious eggnog, using milk, cream or your favorite plant milk.

Then we will simmer that milk with a little sugar and egg yolks; just like you would do with a custard. 

Egg Milk Temperature To 160 Degrees
Egg Milk Temperature To 160 Degrees

The egg whites will get whipped into fluffy, marshmallow peaks and baked for ten minutes to make a meringue-like topping for the creamy, boozy eggnog. 

Deconstructed Cooked Egg Eggnog

What the heck does that mean, you ask?

All it really means is that we take the same ingredients ordinarily used to make a particular recipe, and simply use them differently, creating a new recipe.

Why on earth folks thought it was okay, maybe still do, to make a luxury holiday sip with raw eggs, is beyond me. 

The milk and egg yolks only need to simmer on low for a few minutes, bringing the temperature to 160 and making it perfectly safe and more delicious to drink. 

Rather than heap a huge mound of raw egg whites or more whipped cream, I can’t think of anything more delightful than a delicate meringue, dusted with nutmeg on top!

Whipped Egg Whites To Become A Meringue On Top The Eggnog
Whipped Egg Whites To Become A Meringue On Top The Eggnog

Cold Eggnog vs Warm Eggnog

While cold eggnog can be attained with this recipe, simply by chilling the egg yolk, sugar and milk mixture after cooking it, a warm eggnog is equally delightful. 

Serving cold eggnog for a large gathering? Simply chill a large batch of the eggnog mixture until ready to serve.

Add the liquor, brandy or rum just before serving, or when the eggnog is made. 

The meringues will keep at room temperature for a day, or in the fridge for a few days in an air-tight container. 

What’s The Best Alcohol To Use In Eggnog?

While rum or brandy was the old school booze to use in eggnog, others have evolved.

Although bourbon will add a warm, woody flavor to pair with eggnog, I am loving the ingredient rich flavors of Licor 43!

Using Licor 43 In Eggnog Adds More Spices To The Eggnog
Using Licor 43 In Eggnog Adds More Spices To The Eggnog

A Yummy Booze In My Eggnog Is Licor 43 – Cuarenta y Tres

Oh My Goodness! Where has this fabulous liquor been all my life? 

From Spain, known as Cuarenta y Tres (which means 43), this liquor is everything you would want in desserts, holiday flavors, sauces for meats such as duck or pork, coffee sips and for sure, Eggnog!

Its color is golden orange. It is said to be made with a secret blend of 43 herbs and spices.

The flavor is unlike any other liquor I’ve tasted, with strong notes of vanilla, cinnamon and orange peel. 

Adding Licor 43 To The Cooked Eggnog Mixture
Adding Licor 43 To The Cooked Eggnog Mixture

How To Make Deconstructed Cooked Egg Eggnog

It all starts with the EGG! Separate the whites from the yolks, placing the yolks in a saucepan and the whites in a mixing bowl. 

Add the milk (of choice), or cream and sugar to the yolks. Simmer on low, whisking, until the temperature reaches 160. It happens rather quickly, but don’t boil. 

Whisk the egg whites with a little sugar, and a pinch of cream of tartar until fluffy and firm.

Place scoops of whipped egg whites (sized to fit into the glass it will be served in), onto a silicone baking sheet (preferably, so much easier to remove).

Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg in top the egg whites. Bake 10-minutes. 

Meringues Baked And Ready To Be Served On Top The Eggnog
Meringues Baked And Ready To Be Served On Top The Eggnog

Add Licor 43 (or alcohol of choice), to the milk mixture with nutmeg. Whisk until frothy, pour into serving glasses and top with meringue.  

Preparing the meringues is also worth saving some to make Holiday Eggnog Muffins!

Holiday Eggnog Muffins
Holiday Eggnog Muffins

Other Eggnog Yummies

Now that you’ve prepared the best eggnog around, you may want to use it in a few other ways besides sipping.

Of course, making a popsicle out of it would be my first suggestion. A taste of the holidays in the dead of July!

Or, for anytime of year, you will definitely want to taste the eggnog in a delicious Eggnog Muffin or Tea Bread.

Ingredients Needed

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Licor 43 – rum, Bourbon or brandy
  • Nutmeg
  • Confection sugar
  • Cream of tartar
Eggnog Ingredients
Eggnog Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Whisk
  • Saucepan
  • Hand mixer
  • Thermometer
  • Silicone Baking sheet
  • Baking sheet pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Stovetop or burner
  • Oven – for the meringues

Other Warm Or Spiced Winter Drinks To Love

Sure, we all have our favorite drinks throughout spring, summer and fall, but when winter arrives, we just want something warm!

These easy to make and – dare I say healthy – drinks will have you warm or feeling warmer, in no time!

  • Warm Golden Milk Cocktail – East meets West in this Warm Autumn Golden Milk Cocktail, as it is made with coconut milk, fresh turmeric root, spices and an anise flavored liqueur.
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail – with mint infused liquor (or muddled mint), and homemade real hot chocolate, using milk of your choice.
  • Spiced Apple Cider – with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves makes for the perfect hot sip, or in your Autumn recipes. 
  • Winter Spiced Sangria – with fruit, liqueurs, warm spiced simple syrup and herbs, makes for a perfect winter cocktail sip.
More Warming Winter Sips To Love
More Warming Winter Sips To Love

Cooked Egg Holiday Eggnog

Creamy simmered then chilled eggnog doused with Licor 43 and topped with a nutmeg dusted meringue.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Cooked Egg Eggnog
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • Thermometer
  • Saucepan
  • electric whisk
  • silicone baking sheet


  • 2 Eggs – room temperature separated
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Milk your choice
  • 3 oz Licor 43 brandy or rum works too
  • pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Powdered sugar
  • pinch Cream of tartar


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a saucepan place the egg yolks, sugar and milk and simmer on low, while whisking, until the temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Remove from the burner, cool then chill.
  • Place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and whip until frothy.
    Add a pinch of cream of tartar and the confection sugar and continue to whip until firm and fluffy.
  • Place dollops of whipped egg whites onto a silicone baking sheet, pinch of nutmeg on top, bake 10 minutes. Look for a light golden color.
  • Remove and allow to cool.
  • Add the licor to the milk mixture. Whisk to form froth.
    Pour into glasses and top with Meringue.


Cooked Egg Eggnog
Cooked Egg Eggnog
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