Homemade Lightened-Up Eggnog

Homemade Lightened-Up Eggnog (refined sugar-free and with a dairy-free option)

It takes minutes to make, but will leave a lasting impression. Homemade eggnog is the best thing you can make this holiday season.



Eggnog Latte (Serves 1)

Eggnog French Toast (Serves 2-3)

Eggnog Cocktail, AKA Santa’s Shake (Serves 2)



  1. Add the milk, vanilla, ½ cup of maple syrup, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium pot. Warm over medium-low heat until maple syrup has dissolved and milk is steaming, but not boiling. Keep an eye on it and remove if bubbles begin forming.
  2. In a medium, heat-proof bowl, whisk eggs together.
  3. Temper eggs: Whisking constantly, slowly add in small amounts of warmed milk into the eggs until you have poured in about ? of the milk. Pour egg mixture back into pot with remaining milk and whisk to combine.
  4. Steam again over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 160°F. It will thicken up as it cooks. Taste for sweetness and level of nutmeg, adding in more of either, as needed. If adding more maple syrup, warm through until syrup dissolves.
  5. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids. Cool, then place in a glass jar and chill overnight. The flavours will come together and change significantly by the next day.
  6. Serve over ice with freshly grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon or use in any of the following bonus recipes:

Eggnog Latte

  1. Pour eggnog into a steaming pitcher and heat to between 145°F to 165°F.
  2. Add espresso to mug and pour the steamed eggnog into the mug on top of the espresso. Sprinkle with cinnamon

Eggnog French Toast (Serves 2-3)

  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, eggnog, cinnamon and nutmeg, if using.
  2. Dip bread in eggnog mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly.
  3. On lightly greased pan over medium heat, cook bread until browned on both sides.
  4. Serve with a pat of butter, maple syrup, and fruit.

Eggnog Cocktail, AKA Santa’s Shake (Serves 2)

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, Irish cream, and eggnog. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain and pour into cinnamon sugar rimmed coup glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick if you’re feeling fancy.


Keywords: Eggnog, Lightend-Up, Healthy, Homemade, Latte, Coffee, French Toast, Breakfast, Cocktails, Drinks