American festive traditions: Eggnog (+ make your own!)

  • American Eggnog recipe

Eggnog is a popular festive drink in the States and Canada - but what actually is it?

In short - it's a drink made from egg and milk, spiced with nutmeg, traditionally made with whisky or even rum (although it can quite easily be made without the alcohol too).

The beloved 'nog can actually be traced all the way back to the 14th century, with a drink known as posset - a hot milk drink curdled with ale. Yeah, we're not sure either. Over time, eggs were added into the mix, and during the 18th century, it made its way over to the States through British colonies. It quickly became popular thanks to affordable liquor and dairy products. In particular, it's a drink tied to the holidays.

Since then, Americans and Canadians have supped their way through glorious amounts of 'nog every winter. Even George Washington created his very own special blend of the stuff!

Wanna make your own?

There are tons of recipes out there, but here's a Trek team fave! This recipe makes ten servings (which means we'd need to double up for the whole office to enjoy!), but you can adjust ingredients to make less, or more!


12 eggs (seperate whites and yolks)
1 litre of whole milk 
200g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
475ml whisky/rum (This one's optional!)
To garnish: Ground nutmeg, sticks of cinnamon

How to make your 'nog

1. Beat egg whites in a bowl until they lighten slightly in colour, then slowly add the sugar, continuing to whip until stiff peaks form.
2. In a large pan, gently heat the milk, egg yolks, double cream, cinnamon and vanilla, stirring until smooth. 
3. Whisk in the milk slowly, and stir until smooth.
4. Add the bourbon or rum and mix in thoroughly
5. Finally, fold the egg white mix into the rest of the eggnog. 
6. Serve in mugs or glasses with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a stick of ground cinnamon to garnish.


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