Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 30 mins

great recipe that I wish I could take the credit for! I got it from Cook's Illustrated (#29) December 1997 issue. My farvorite issue of any cooking mag.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk eggs, yolks, sugar, and salt in heavy sauce pan (off heat).
  2. Stir in milk, 1/2 cup at a time, blending well after each addition.
  3. Heat slowly over lowest possible heat until custard registers 160 degrees on instant read thermometer, thickens, and coats back of spoon.
  4. 25-30 minutes.
  5. Pour custard through sieve into a large bowl.
  6. stir in liquor, vanilla, grated nutmeg.
  7. cover with plastic and refrigerate until well chilled.
  8. Just before serving whip cream in medium bowl to very soft peaks and gently fold into custard mixture until incorporated.
  9. Serve in chilled cups and garnish with nutmeg.
Most Helpful

I am addicted... cant... stop... drinking... Made without Rum I usually hate egg nog. I guess it just has to be homemade. Leftovers make a WONDERFUL ICE CREAM. Yummy

Charlorae December 30, 2009

very good even without the rum

Chef Lainie January 05, 2008

Soooo good! I used spiced rum and served it to friends I had over. Everyone really liked it. I ended up using skim milk and although I am sure it was not as thick as it might have been with whole milk, I thought it was amazing. Thanks for posting this!

Flautatime November 23, 2007