5 Festive Eggnog Recipes

Eat, drink and be merry with these eggnog drink and dessert recipes.

glasses of homemade eggnog
Photo: Photo by Adam Friedlander / Food Styling by Pearl Jones

Did the holidays even happen if you didn’t have a little eggnog? Whether you're looking for a creamy classic, a vegan option or a fun twist on the traditional with two eggnog desserts (hello, sticky toffee pudding eggnog and eggnog cheesecake!), we have a recipe for everyone. And if you’re not into making eggnog yourself, don't worry. We Tasted All of the Grocery Store Eggnogs to Find the Best for your holiday spread.

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Eggnog Cheesecake

Eggnog Cheesecake
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There's a lot to love about this Eggnog Cheesecake, especially if the creamy, sweet drink is one of your holiday favorites. The filling is made with actual eggnog, as well as fragrant vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and light brown sugar to really drive the flavor home. A crispy gingersnap and pecan crust makes it even more festive, as does the boozy whipped cream topping. Baking the cheesecake first at a higher temperature before reducing the heat allows the outside of the cake to set and the inside to cook slowly, ensuring a crispy crust with a creamy filling without having to use a water bath while baking. 

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Eggnog

Sticky Toffee Pudding Eggnog
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Eben Freeman's foamy interpretation of eggnog — infused with the sweet, caramelly flavors of sticky toffee pudding, a British favorite — is halfway between a drink and a dessert. "It's thick enough to eat with a spoon," he says. "So was classic eggnog."

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Homemade Eggnog

glasses of homemade eggnog
Photo by Adam Friedlander / Food Styling by Pearl Jones

In just two steps, you'll have a festive drink that you can make ahead of time. To make rich, creamy homemade eggnog, you'll need a makeshift double boiler (or, a bowl and a saucepan) and a whisk. Be sure to chill the eggnog thoroughly before serving, and give it a final whisk, too, to make sure everything is blended.

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Tom & Jerry

Tom & Jerry

"It may seem like a bit of a nuisance to make such a labor-intensive drink," says John Gertsen of this classic 19th-century eggnog. "But at the end of a long shift there's nothing better than a nice, hot Tom & Jerry."

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Vegan "Eggnog"

Vegan Eggnog Recipe
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Relying on fragrant and starchy basmati rice to thicken this vegan "eggnog" results in a luxuriously creamy drink. Cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg add warming spice notes, while smooth tahini lends a pleasing subtle bitterness, preventing the drink from leaning too sweet.

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