If you're a fan of eggnog, you will love this wonderful eggnog recipe! This cooked eggnog for one is rich, creamy, and so much better than store-bought versions.
It's eggnog season and I couldn't resist revamping the eggnog recipe I use for parties into an "eggnog for one"! This easy to make homemade eggnog can me made in minutes and tastes so much better than any store bought version.
Small Batch Eggnog
All year I look forward to drinking eggnog during the holidays. This wonderful milk based, nutmeg infused drink is synonymous with Christmas. To me, drinking eggnog is as traditional as building gingerbread houses and decorating our tree.
Most people either truly enjoy it or they loathe it. To be honest, I'm not a fan of of the eggnog you find at the grocery. Those sugary concoctions are extremely thick and they usually have a spice flavor that tends to be overpowering.
Homemade eggnog is different. The recipe I'm sharing today is the very best eggnog recipe.
It's light, creamy, perfectly spiced and wonderfully delicious! Best of all, this small batch eggnog recipe makes the perfect amount for one person.
What Is Eggnog?
Eggnog is usually served after Thanksgiving in the United States and often served up until New Year's Day. It is sometimes referred to as milk punch and is made with eggs, milk, cream, and spices.
You can enjoy eggnog in the morning or add a splash of rum for a bedtime treat.
Scroll down to the recipe box for ingredient amounts and complete instructions.
- heavy cream
- egg yolk
- ground nutmeg
- vanilla extract
- rum or bourbon (optional)
How To Make A Single Serving Of Eggnog
Skip the artificially sweetened cartons and make your own at home. It's incredible!
- This homemade eggnog for one is made with one egg yolk that you temper with hot milk and cream, and then heat along with ground nutmeg and sugar until it thickens.
- To ensure that the egg is cooked, heat the eggnog until the temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
- Then, pour the eggnog into a glass or mug, add a shot of bourbon or rum if you'd like, and chill.
- Topping the eggnog with whipped cream is also a nice touch.
Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients
If you have any ingredients left over from this easy eggnog recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:
- Milk: Strawberry Milkshake, Mini Spice Cake, Panna Cotta
- Heavy cream: Pizza Crustless Quiche, Banana Cream Pie, Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
- Egg white: 2 Chocolate Cupcakes, 2 Vanilla Cupcakes, Meringues
- Sugar: Peanut Butter Cookies, Cranberry Jam, Mini Pound Cake
- Nutmeg: Apple Butter, Apple Galette, Alfredo Sauce
- Vanilla: Chocolate Chip Muffin, Vanilla Ice Cream, Honey Lemon Custard
- Bourbon or rum: Tiramisu, Mint Julep
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Eggnog For One
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 shot rum or bourbon (optional)
- Heat the milk and the cream in a 1-quart saucepan on medium heat. While the milk and cream are heating, combine the egg yolk and the sugar in a small bowl.
- When the milk mixture begins to simmer, remove from the heat and whisk 1 tablespoon of the milk mixture into the egg/sugar mixture. Continue to add and whisk 1 tablespoon at a time of the milk mixture to the egg mixture until you have added about half of the milk mixture to the egg.What you are doing here is tempering the egg. If you add the egg into the milk/cream mixture right away, the egg would cook and we don't want curdles in the eggnog. By tempering, you are slowly heating the egg to match the temperature of the milk.
- Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and heat again. Whisk occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the mixture reaches the temperature of 160 degrees F.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Pour into a mug, add bourbon to taste, if desired.Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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