Easy Eggnog

Easy Eggnog Recipe

Eggnog can be a pain to make, and most store-bought versions fall flat. But we can’t go through a holiday season without making this easy eggnog recipe, which is the quintessential festive drink. You can make a pretty damn good easy eggnog using high-quality store bought vanilla ice cream. Here’s our super quick and tasty recipe—perfect for your next holiday gathering.–Eric Prum and Josh Williams

LC Better Than Eggnog Note

‘Tis true, it’s just not Christmas without eggnog. But not just any old eggnog. This eggnog. Using melted ice cream is a spectacularly brilliant trick, and not only does it save you the hassle of making your own custard, it actually improves upon the classic. “All the richness of eggnog, none of the heaviness,” is how one of our testers expressed what this easy eggnog recipe delivers. Amen, er, Alleluia to that. Oh, and if you’re up to a little math, you can multiply the ingredients and make this lovely little keeper of a recipe suit a crowd rather than a couple.

Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker; coupe or martini or old-fashioned glasses (optional)

Easy Eggnog Recipe

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  • Serves 2


  • 1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) bourbon
  • 1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) dark rum
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream (1/2 to 3/4 cup), slightly softened
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus a pinch for garnish
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus a pinch for garnish


  • 1. Chill 2 coupe or martini or old-fashioned glasses or whatever stemware you’ve got before you do anything else with this recipe.
  • 2. Add the bourbon, rum, ice cream, cinnamon and nutmeg to the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. (If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can blitz everything in a blender.)
  • 3. Divvy the creamy eggnog concoction between the glasses. If you want, add a pinch cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish. Serve the eggnog without delay.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

While I'm a lover of good eggnog, sometimes it can be just a little too much. I sometimes feel that I want just one more, then I regret it. To me, this easy eggnog recipe has the richness of eggnog without the heaviness. I used a very high-quality vanilla ice cream made with whole vanilla bean. I also made sure when making this eggnog recipe to use both high-quality bourbon and rum. The total ice cream was just a little over 1/2 cup. I also used freshly grated nutmeg. I think next time I make this recipe I'll start with a little less ground cinnamon and increase as needed. Can't wait to try this easy eggnog recipe with Irish whiskey or Irish Mist for St. Patrick's Day. I certainly won't keep this recipe just for the holiday season as it's nice for any wintertime festivities.

Eggnog is a must during the holiday season. Some years I make it from scratch and others I buy it. I have a good friend who makes her milk punch with ice cream like in this easy eggnog recipe, but I've never thought to do that with eggnog. It sure is easier than the time-consuming traditional method, which basically involves making a custard base. With high-quality vanilla ice cream, the custard base is already made for you! Plus, the creaminess that the ice cream imparts is out of this world. I like the use of both rum and bourbon here—they complement each other well and pair nicely with the warm spices. Yes, like the recipe instructed, I did use a strainer to pour the cocktails into their chilled glasses; it was the easiest way in my mind to serve these delicious after-dinner drinks. Who knows? This easy eggnog recipe was so good, I might not be able to wait for the holidays to get here to make it again!

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