Homemade Dad's Eggnog

Sunday, December 25, 2011
I love homemade eggnog and dad made the best.

It wasn't until I was in my late 20's that I enjoyed it topped off with a shot of rum.

This is his recipe and a tradition every year to make in his memory.

Everything is fresh and the perfect holiday drink!

Italian Christmas Manger Prayer

God of every nation and people,

from the very beginning of creation

You have made manifest your love:

When our need for a Savior was great

You sent Your Son to be born of the Virgin Mary.

To our lives, he brings joy and peace,

justice, mercy, and love.

Lord, bless all who look upon this manger,

may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus,

and raise up our thoughts to him,

who is God-with-us and Savior of all

and who lives and reigns forever and ever.


Buon Natale... May the peace and spirit of Christmas fill your homes with love today and always~

xoxo Claudia @Whats Cookin Italian Cuisine...

Dad's Eggnog Recipe

4 cups milk

5 whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

12 egg yolks

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups light rum

4 cups light cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over the lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.

In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.

Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  2. Your dad's eggnog looks amazing, and delicious. Love the recipe...thanks for sharing it!
    Buon Natale, Merry Christmas in Peace, and Joy...with many Blessings!

  3. Merry Christmas! I love eggnog but I've never made own before. Thanks for the great recipe, I can't wait to try it!:)

  4. Merry Christmas, my friend! Toasting you with a virtual glass of your dad's eggnog~xoxo

  5. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas.
    Your dad's eggnog is very nice, I love cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

  6. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy new year!

  7. yummy yummy eggnog!!!
    Merry Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful weekend <3

  8. Wish I was there in person so we could toast with some of that eggnog! Thanks for being so supportive this year-glad to have you as a friend XOXO

  9. I remember egg nog made from scratch.... many Christmas songs loudly sung every Christmas night and how know how fortunate I am to have that past! Hope you were finally able to relax and enjoy the season.

  10. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!


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