How To Make Eggnog

This is an eggnog recipe for hard-core eggnoggers only. Be wary if you are a pussy about raw eggs or heart disease. That said, this is the Hornsby Family Eggnog Recipe, passed down through the ages and the annals of Texas history. I present you now the original, one-dozen-eggs recipe as it was told to me by my grandma. On our Christmas day, this is usually served as a dessert, to be eaten with a spoon.

eggnog recipe

  • 12 eggs
  • 12 shots bourbon or brandy (Grandma says: “Get the very cheapest kind of bourbon or brandy”)
  • 1 shot dark rum
  • 12 T sugar
  • Grated nutmeg for sprinkling (I say: “The more, the merrier”)
  • Optional: heavy cream (Grandma says: “This is a very strong eggnog and if some people find it too strong, put a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top”)

Separate the eggs carefully, putting the yolks in one bowl and the whites in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the sugar into the yolks until it becomes smooth. Add the liquor. In the mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed for about 3-4 minutes until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold the whites into the liquor mixture. Scoop into glasses and sprinkle with nutmeg. Top with some whipped cream if you want; or don’t. Merry Christmas, all!


  1. Steve Singler on December 24, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Where can I find a woman like you!

    • Hilah Cooking on December 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm

      Right here, Steve! Merry Christmas!

  2. Jack on December 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Hilah! Hope you guys had a great Christmas.

    That eggnog is hardcore indeed. The result actually looks a lot like my own Granny’s secret recipe. I have fond memories of her with big smiles at Christmas. Now I know why.

    Incidentally, planning to TRY those tamales soon. Wish us luck – I’m sure we’ll need it.

    • Hilah Cooking on December 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      Hi Jack! We did have a nice Christmas, thanks in large part to the eggnog-induced grins.
      I hope you try the tamales. Even if they don’t look beautiful they will be delicious. Good luck!

  3. Rustyspot on January 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I love love love Hilah. My new favorite go-to media cook. Hilah, you ROCK girl.

    • Hilah Cooking on January 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Aw, thank you so much! 🙂

  4. sajjad on March 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Hillah You are great! but alas that I cant understand many of your word!
    no, your words don,t have any problem I have problem with English. My language is FARSI no English
    Again Love you, Sajjad

    • Hilah on March 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Hi Sajjad!
      So nice of you to write! I’m glad you like the videos even if it’s hard to understand. 🙂

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