Festive Spiced Eggnog Delight

This festive spiced eggnog is a classic holiday tradition that warms the heart with its delicious blend of spices and creamy texture. Whether enjoyed with a splash of rum or alcohol-free, this homemade eggnog recipe is a delightful treat to share with friends and family during the holiday season.

Festive Spiced Eggnog Delight

A classic holiday eggnog with a delightful blend of spices, perfect for festive gatherings.

4.94 from 70 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 whole cloves
  • 1/3 cup half & half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg


  1. In a large mixing bowl with a pouring spout, whisk the egg yolk and sugar until light in color.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk with the cinnamon stick and whole cloves until it is barely boiling.
  3. Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture to temper the eggs. Continue to whisk in 1/2-cup increments until about half of the milk has been added.
  4. Whisk the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, whisking constantly.
  5. Strain the mixture from the saucepan into a glass jug, removing the cinnamon stick and whole cloves.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool for about an hour, then stir in the half & half, vanilla extract, rum extract, and nutmeg.
  7. Chill in the refrigerator and serve in glasses with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.