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Vanilla: The Secret Ingredient To The Perfect Eggnog

Spice up your eggnog this winter with a dash of vanilla.
Spice up your eggnog this winter with a dash of vanilla. Photo Credit: Live.Love.Lux.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- With the holiday spirit in full swing, it marks the resurgence of the season's love it or hate it delight: eggnog. For those looking to add fragrant, sweet and floral warmth to their cups this holiday, some fresh vanilla will go a long way.

If you don’t have a vanilla bean on hand, good quality vanilla extract will do nicely in a pinch. You’ll miss out on those fun little flecks floating in your nog, but you’ll still get a lovely boost of vanilla flavor. And the best part about this recipe? Should you have leftovers (or, if you want leftovers, double the batch) you can easily churn the base into an Eggnog ice cream or serve it as a sauce alongside bread pudding.

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Eggnog can easily be made up to 3 days before your holiday festivities. Cheers!


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream|
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 ounces aged rum


In a small saucepan combine the milk and cream with the vanilla bean, nutmeg and cinnamon. Heat until just simmering.

While the milk and cream are heating, add the egg yolks to a medium-sized bowl and whisk until they lighten in color. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and continue to whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is light and fluffy.

Gradually pour half of the milk and cream mixture to the egg yolk mixture and whisk continuously.

Pour everything back into the saucepan and cook over medium low heat until the mixture has thickened slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Refrigerate until cool.

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