This eggnog contains raw eggs, so you should not eat it if you have a compromised immune system, are pregnant, elderly, or very young. You could substitute the eggs for pasteurized egg whites and whole eggs, if you still want to make the recipe. The eggnog is thick and frothy, and you should drink it as soon as it is assembled so it does not separate and become runny. Discard any leftovers.

Josh remembers drinking eggnog as a kid, and his Mom sent me a version of the recipe she and her sister used to make. Naturally, after I read her recipe, I made modifications to it and combined it with one I found online. So, here’s the version we made.

Homemade Eggnog

4 organic eggs, shells washed, eggs separated
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream, very cold, kept refrigerated until needed
1 cup whole milk, kept refrigerated until needed
1/4 cup rum or brandy, optional, refrigerated
Nutmeg and grater (or ground nutmeg)
1 orange, washed well
Small mixing bowls
Whisk or mixer with whisk attachments
Mugs or small cups

Wash the egg shells of the eggs. Dry them off.

Wash the orange, dry it off, and zest half the peel. With a sharp pairing knife, carefully shave off orange peel, leaving the white pith behind on the orange. Cut into skinny slices. Set orange zest and “slices” aside.

Into two clean mixing bowls, separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. Place the egg yolks back in the refrigerator. Beat the egg whites into soft peaks. Refrigerate.

Add the sugar to the egg yolks and whisk until pale yellow and the sugar is mixed in. Refrigerate.

Pour the heavy whipping cream into a clean mixing bowl and whisk until thickened but not forming peaks.

Pour the milk, orange zest, and whipped heavy cream into a pitcher, add the egg yolks and fold together. Fold in the whipped egg whites and brandy, if using. Be careful not to break the volume you built into the egg whites and whipped cream.

Spoon or pour the eggnog into the small cups. Grate or sprinkle nutmeg over the top. Take the skinny orange slices, twist into a corkscrew shape, and place on top. Enjoy!

Serves 4.