Easy Eggnog Recipe (Without Eggs) (2024)


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This easy eggless eggnog recipe includes a sneaky Southern shortcut ingredient that creates the most deliciously creamy eggnog that will brighten up your festive season.

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I didn’t have a traditional eggnog recipe in my repertoire for the longest time. We didn’t grow up drinking eggnog but heard about it often on television shows and in movies. Eventually, years ago, I finally tried it and found that it can vary greatly from absolutely delicious to bug-your-eyes-out strong! This easy eggnog recipe errs on the side of smooth and delicious, creamy and rich, and family-friendly through and through!

In only minutes and with the help of a fun shortcut ingredient, you have a thick and creamy non-alcoholic eggnog fit for any occasion! Do you want to know the shortcut ingredient? Let me tell you, it’s not raw eggs. Yep, this is an eggnog recipe without eggs and you won’t miss them (or how fiddly they make this recipe). Instead, we’re using instant vanilla pudding mix! Trust me, it makes this homemade eggnog recipe. The other ingredients you need include milk, sugar, vanilla extract (or rum extract), and some aromatic spices.

Now, you can also call this a blender eggnog recipe, because all you’re going to do is toss all the ingredients in a blender and let them mix together for a few minutes until smooth. Then let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. The secret is… the longer you let it chill, the thicker it becomes. So if you make it the night before, you’re in for a treat!

Told ya this was an easy eggnog recipe! In fact, I don’t think you’ll find an easier eggless eggnog recipe out there. Keep scrolling for serving suggestions and recipe tips to make this non-alcoholic eggnog work for you. Enjoy!

If you want some other yummy drink recipes make sure you check out some of these Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home, Red Velvet Hot Chocolate, Mocha Coffee Floats, Gingerbread-Spiced Coffee, and Stovetop Hot Chocolate.

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Recipe Ingredients

  • Milk (whole milk, almond milk, whatever you like)
  • Granulated sugar
  • French vanilla instant pudding mix
  • Rum extract or vanilla extract
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground allspice
  • Ground ginger

Helpful Kitchen Tools

  • Blender (Budget Friendly)
  • Blender (Splurge)

How To Make My Easy Eggnog Recipe

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Pour the milk, pudding, sugar, and all of the spices into the blender and run on high speed for a few minutes, until all of the ingredients are blended and smooth.

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Pour the milk mixture into a jug or container.

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Store in the refrigerator, covered, for 1 to 2 hours.

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The longer the mixture is stored the thicker it will become.

Mix well again by giving it a vigorous stir before serving.

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I like to top it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon to make it extra special. Plus a cinnamon stick stirrer!

It’s so much fun doing the little things for the people we love!

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When stored in some form of airtight container, jar, bottle, or jug, your leftover eggnog will last in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

  • To decrease the sugar, use a sugar-free pudding mix if you like and lessen the sugar or replace that entirely with a sweetener of your choice.
  • You can use any type of milk, like 2%, whole milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or almond milk.
  • You can also use any variety of spices in this homemade eggnog recipe. For example, substitute them all for a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice. Alternatively, swap the allspice for ground cinnamon. The choice is yours.

Recipe FAQS

How do you serve traditional eggnog?

Here are some serving suggestions:

  • Add whipping cream (here’s my homemade whipped cream recipe).
  • Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg.
  • Add a cinnamon stick to act as a stirrer.

What is the best alcohol to spike eggnog with?

You traditionally spike eggnog with brandy, but you can also use dark rum, bourbon (a Southern specialty), spiced rum, whisky, or Cognac. If you want to make this a spiked eggnog recipe, stir it in after you’ve blended the ingredients. An easy ratio to follow is 1.5 ounces of alcohol to 1 cup of eggnog. This recipe makes 4 generous cups of eggnog, so 6 ounces of alcohol should be a good amount, but opt for less and adjust to taste.

Should eggnog be drunk hot or cold?

Traditionally, you drink eggnog cold, but you can heat it up on the stovetop if you like before serving.

You may also like these homemade drink recipes:

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Mocha Coffee Floats

Gingerbread-Spiced Coffee

Stovetop Hot Chocolate

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Easy Eggnog

This easy eggnog recipe includes a sneaky Southern shortcut ingredient that creates the most deliciously creamy eggnog that will brighten up your festive season.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Chilling Time: 2 hours hours

Total Time: 2 hours hours 5 minutes minutes

Course: Drinks, Snack

Cuisine: American

Keyword: eggnog

Servings: 4

Calories: 307kcal


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3.4-ounce package instant french vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract or pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Place the milk, pudding, sugar, and all of the spices into a blender and run on high speed for a few minutes, until all of the ingredients are blended and smooth.

    4 cups milk, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 3.4-ounce package instant french vanilla pudding mix, 1 teaspoon rum extract or pure vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • Pour the milk mixture into a jug or container and cover. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours. The longer the mixture is stored the thicker it will become. Mix well by vigorously stirring before serving.

  • Garnish individual servings with whipped cream and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon if you like!


Calories: 307kcal

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This recipe was featured in Meal Plan Monday and Weekend Potluck.
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Easy Eggnog Recipe (Without Eggs)? ›

Blend 2 cups milk, sugar, pudding mix, rum-flavored extract, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger in a blender on medium-high speed until smooth; pour into a pitcher. Stir remaining 3 cups milk into mixture. Refrigerate eggnog until thickened, at least 1 hour. Stir well before serving.

What's a good substitute for eggnog? ›

If you are really looking to knock out some calories, consider purchasing soy nog or rice nog. These alternatives to regular eggnog contain less fat and nearly half the calories of regular store-bought eggnog. Vanilla chai tea is also a great holiday alternative for those with non-dairy diets.

Does eggnog always have eggs? ›

Eggnog is traditionally made with eggs, egg yolk, sugar, milk, heavy cream and vanilla extract. It's often spiked with brandy, rum or other liquor, and topped with freshly grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon sticks.

Why is my homemade eggnog so thick? ›

Heavy cream will make your eggnog thicker and creamier. Boozy eggnog will also continue to thicken in the fridge as it ages.

What makes eggnog better? ›

It can, and I've never looked back. Shaking eggnog with ice dilutes it just a little. This helps turn the volume down on its inherent sweetness and thins it so it's not tacky thick, and viscous. It gets your eggnog nicely chilled too, which helps the store-bought stuff taste less sticky sweet.

Is homemade eggnog better? ›

Making your own eggnog will spare you the additives found in store-bought varieties but a traditional recipe will be similar in calories and fat. You can lighten things up using low fat dairy products and going light on the sugar.

What is the old name for eggnog? ›

"While culinary historians debate its exact lineage, most agree eggnog originated from the early medieval" British drink called posset, which was made with hot milk that was curdled with wine or ale and flavored with spices. In the Middle Ages, posset was used as a cold and flu remedy.

Can you buy eggless eggnog? ›

If you're vegan (or dairy-free or egg-free), traditional eggnog is off-limits. Luckily, lots of non-dairy milk companies have released their own holiday nog blends and the nutrition numbers look a little more impressive than the classic drink.

Why do they stop selling eggnog? ›

Most plants keep producing eggnog through New Year's, and start dumping their unsold product in January. Although associated with the holidays, eggnog doesn't need to be seasonal. Dairy plants could produce small batches of eggnog off-season for hard-core nogheads, but they don't because it's not cost-effective.

What's the best liquor to put in eggnog? ›

Choose The Right Spirit

While brandy is the most traditional alcohol to pair with eggnog, according to traditional recipes, you can also use a mixture of dark rum and Cognac. If you like your eggnog with more of a kick you can also add bourbon, but we recommend sticking to rum and Cognac to preserve the 'nog's flavors.

Why does aged eggnog taste better? ›

The idea? Make a batch of eggnog and let it age for at least three weeks in the refrigerator before drinking. The rest period supposedly drives off eggy taste while giving the other flavors a chance to meld. At the same time, the alcohol has a chance to kill any potential pathogens in the mix.

Why doesn't eggnog go bad? ›

The reason eggnog can age despite its dairy content is twofold. One half is that contamination of American dairy products is, thankfully, quite rare. The other is that alcohol inhibits bacterial growth. In pre-pandemic times, you may have joked that “alcohol kills everything” while sharing co*cktails in a crowded bar.

Why is my eggnog gritty? ›

It's important to constantly stir the custard to keep the proteins in motion as they rise in temperature between 140-170ºF (60-77ºC) and begin to coagulate. This gentle coagulation will thicken the sauce, but if it isn't kept in motion the protein can take on a grainy texture, so keep stirring!

How long will homemade eggnog last? ›

It will thicken as it cools. If you want a thinner, completely smooth consistency, you can add the entire mixture to a blender with 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk and blend until smooth. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, and fresh whipped cream, if desired. Store homemade eggnog in the fridge for up to one week.

Why is Southern Comfort eggnog so good? ›

Homemade eggnog has a custardy texture (a dozen eggs, remember). But instead of adding more expensive eggs, food manufacturers rely on additives like this seaweed extract to thicken their beverage to a familiar consistency. This ground-up endosperm of the guar bean is used here as another thickener.

Is Crown Royal good in eggnog? ›

Whiskey – I typically use Crown Royal, but use what you like or keep on hand. Other Alcohol – You can switch up the ratios based on your personal preferences; feel free to swap in others like bourbon, Cognac, scotch, or brandy, as well. And how about a little peppermint schnapps for a festive flavor?!

Can I substitute egg nog for milk? ›

In fact, eggnog can be substituted into most recipes that call for a good portion of milk – see what options you like best! Add it to beverages: Surely, if you're an eggnog fan, you've tried Starbucks' featured holiday latte.

Can you substitute milk for eggnog? ›

Most storebought eggnogs are about the same consistency as buttermilk, which makes it very easy to substitute one for the other to give a cake (for instance) some holiday flavor. When substituting eggnog for regular milk, you may need to add in a few additional tablespoons because it is thicker.

Can I substitute heavy cream with eggnog? ›

Basically eggnog, while fatty, isn't quite creamy enough to hold peaks on its own. That means you'll need about 1/2 cup eggnog for every cup of heavy cream. Even that will change slightly depending on the consistency of your nog.

What is a good substitute for brandy in eggnog? ›

Spirits to use: Bourbon or a mix of brandy and bourbon, traditionally, but feel free to use rum here.

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