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Triple-Shot Eggnog

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 6 cups.

Servings: eight.

In this version of the holiday classic, three traditional spirits come together for a cocktail with a kick. Whisking frothy beaten egg whites into the eggnog base makes for a much lighter and less cloying drink than those found in containers at the supermarket.

Browse our Drinks and Entertaining Guide for more classic cocktails.


  • 3 large eggs, preferably pasteurized, separated
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbs. brandy
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 270
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 130
  • Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 9
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 125
  • Sodium (mg): 80
  • Carbohydrates (g): 16
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 5


  • Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl until they just begin to turn a lighter shade of yellow. Add the sugar and a pinch of salt and whisk until thick and pale yellow. Whisk in the rum, bourbon, and brandy until well combined and then whisk in the milk, cream, nutmeg, and vanilla until blended. Chill the mixture, covered, for 4 hours or overnight. Keep the egg whites chilled separately in a medium bowl.

    Before serving, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks with a hand-held electric mixer. Fold the whipped egg whites into the chilled yolk mixture. Serve immediately, sprinkled with a little freshly grated nutmeg, or chill for up to 4 hours. Whisk the eggnog until smooth before serving.

  • Note: The risk of salmonella infection from consuming raw eggs is very low—only about 1 in 20,000 is contaminated—but you can eliminate the risk entirely by using pasteurized eggs.


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • NordyGirl | 12/22/2017

    The best eggnog ever. You can play with the level of fat in the mix by adjusting the different milks/creams to make it as light as you want, or just make the full fat stuff. I've done it all and you can't mess this up! (Unless you use preground nutmeg--definitely not as tasty as freshly ground). I've also drank it with and without the whipped whites...not sure which I like better. But I DO end up putting in an additional 1/2-3/4 cup or more of booze, just so it goes further.... :)

  • periwink12 | 12/23/2013

    This Eggnog is AMAZING. It has been a huge hit at every Christmas party we go to. Follow the recipe exactly as directed. Will try a lighter version next time.

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