The Easiest Eggnog Recipe

The cheat’s way to a milk punch this festive season with the easiest eggnog recipe using just three simple ingredients.

If I have any US-based readers, look away now…

This easy eggnog recipe isn’t traditional or authentic. It may not even really be classed as eggnog. But it is a truly easy way to get a delicious, thick, creamy eggnog-like drink without fannying on with egg yolks and everything else.

I’ll admit, I’m no eggnog connoisseur. I’ve had it twice in my life and once it was just a store-bought mix. So make of that what you will.

Naturally, by this point in December, we’ve watched a handful of Christmas movies with numerous mentions of eggnog. I’m really trying every which way this year to remain in the festive spirit, so I thought I’d give it a go at home but there were so many different recipes online and what seemed like a whole load of fuss.

Now, I’m absolutely sure it’s worth it but when I came across a comment on a BBC Good Food recipe of someone who recommends just throwing custard and milk together for an easy eggnog recipe, I was willing to give it a bash.

So, for our next festive movie night (the Christmas Chronicles FYI), I thought I’d try it out. The comment I’d seen didn’t give too much detail, so I used my common sense and added some Christmas spices whilst warming it through and then letting it cool down.

Naturally, I served ours with a splash of something alcoholic. Bourbon is normally the tipple the choice I believe, but Dan is a spiced rum drinker and something we’re more likely to have in. It added a lovely warming element to the cold, smooth eggnog and complimented the nutmeg garnish really well.

This easy eggnog recipe tastes JUST as good in my opinion. Don’t @ me. Unless you love it, then please feel free to leave a comment or rate the recipe…

Lots of love, LB x

Easy Eggnog Recipe

The cheat's way to delicious, creamy eggnog with just three simple ingredients.
Cook Time 30 mins
Cooling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 500 ml ready made custard (I used Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Madagascan Vanilla Custard)
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Optional Ingredients

  • 25 ml spiced rum or bourbon (for an adult touch)
  • 1 vanilla pod (if you've chosen a custard without vanilla already in)
  • grated nutmeg or ground cinnamon (to garnish)
  • star anise or a cinnamon stick (to garnish)


  • In a pan, add your custard and milk, whisking it gently on a low heat until full combined.
  • Give your cinnamon stick a little bash and add it into the custard mixture. Cover the pan with a lid and continue to warm through on the lowest heat for about 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally. You can substitute the cinnamon stick with ground cinnamon here, too. You could also get adventurous, adding in some other Christmas spices such as nutmeg.
  • Taste as you go. You may not like the flavour of cinnamon to be too strong, so once you're happy with the strength of the spices running through, strain your custard mix into a jug and leave to cool. You can speed this process up in the fridge.
  • Once cool, pour the eggnog over a little ice. Add a splash of booze if you like, and garnish with a grating of nutmeg, a sprinkle of cinnamon or even star anise.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Christmas, Christmas Drinks, Cocktail Recipes, Festive Snacks

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