Eggnog Ice Cream

Drinking eggnog and roasting chestnuts are a Christmas Eve tradition in my house. A glass of rich and creamy eggnog by the Christmas tree is the definition of the perfect Christmas Eve for me. Every holiday season I get so excited when the first cartons of eggnog start to appear on the grocery shelves. Throw in a splash of bourbon or rum and I am all set for an evening of curling up by the fire. This ice cream is inspired by yet another seasonal Graeter’s Ice Cream flavor. It makes me so sad that we don’t live near a Graeter’s, especially this time of year when they have their holiday flavors. Even if you’re not an eggnog lover, you’re going to love rich and creamy ice cream. The freshly grated nutmeg and a hefty dose of bourbon are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit! 🙂

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Eggnog Ice Cream

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  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons brandy, bourbon, or dark rum


  1. Set a fine mesh strainer over a medium sized bowl and set the bowl over a large container of ice water.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup sugar, stirring occasionally until steam appears and the liquid is hot (175 degrees) about 5 minutes.
  3. When the milk mixture is cooking, in a separate bowl, whisk the yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar together until smooth. Slowly whisk about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the yolks to temper them. Then slowly whisk the tempered yolk mixture back into the remaining hot milk mixture. Continue to cook the custard mixture over medium heat until it is very hot but not simmering (180-185 degrees).
  4. Pour the custard mixture into the strainer bowl set in the ice bath and let cool, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Remove the custard mixture from the ice bath and add nutmeg and bourbon. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold (40 degrees), about 3 hours.
  5. Remove from refrigerator and add the vanilla extract; stir well. Pour the custard into the ice cream machine canister and churn, following the manufacturer’s instructions, until the mixture resembles soft-serve ice cream, about 20 minutes. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container, press plastic wrap flush against the surface, cover the container, and freeze the ice cream until firm, at least 2 hours.

Yields: 1 quart
Prep Time: 5 hours and 35 minutes (includes chilling)

Source: adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Vanilla Ice Cream

4 Responses to “Eggnog Ice Cream”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — December 24, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Wow, this looks awesome. I don’t have cream, gasp. But I wonder if eggnog would work…

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    ChgoJohn — December 25, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    That’s a great custard at the base of this ice cream, very rich! Bet it tastes wonderful!

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    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño — December 26, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    holy delicious!!!! Yes please, I would love this over my holiday vacation <3

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