Cooking for Non-cooks:

Tis the season to enjoy a delightful adult beverage and impress your holiday guests with some homemade eggnog cheer!


4 cups of milk

5 whole cloves

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

12 egg yolks

1 ½ cup sugar

2 ½ cups light rum

4 cups of light cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg



  • Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over 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 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.
  • 4 cups milk

This is likely the most "cooking" I'll do this Christmas. Enjoy!