Lait de Poule- Spiked Eggnog

I feel like the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I have my first sip of eggnog.   And although I’ve done my best to ignore the ingredient list  in my beloved Hood Golden eggnog (high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and RED 40, YELLOW 5 & 6) for the past several years, I decided that it was high time to make my own… with no questionable ingredients.

Rich and creamy, this eggnog is spiced with real vanilla bean, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  And because I’d like everybody to enjoy a Salmonella-free holiday season, I decided to go with a cooked egg version.

In past years I’ve skipped the booze because the idea of milk/cream coupled with hard alcohol didn’t seem all that tempting.  Man did I miss the boat on this one.  After all, both Irish Crème and White Russians are prime examples of just how great the cream and hard alcohol combination can be.

If you’re making this eggnog for children, you’ll want to skip the bourbon and rum.  But if you’d like to gussy it up a bit, I saw a great tip from Laura Calder to add a bit of orange flower water to taste.  And while the eggnog can be garnished simply with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, a small cap of whipped cream and a cinnamon stick garnish make the drinks extra festive.


Lait de Poule- Spiked Eggnog

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


* 4 cups whole milk
* 1 vanilla bean, Split lengthwise
* 1 stick cinnamon, plus extra for garnish
* 2 cloves
* 6 egg yolks
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (can add more to taste)
* 1/4 cup bourbon
* 2 Tablespoons rum
* whipped cream


Place the milk into a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan and scrape in the seeds from the vanilla pod. Add the vanilla pod, one cinnamon stick, and the cloves. Heat the mixture to the boiling point. Remove from the heat, cover, and let sit 20 minutes to infuse.

Beat the egg yolks, sugar, and heavy cream, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Very slowly add the infused milk mixture, whisking constantly. Return everything to the saucepan, place the pan on medium-ow heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened slightly, about 3 to 5 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil (the mixture will likely curdle if it comes to a boil). Stir in the bourbon and rum. Taste the mixture and add more nutmeg, if desired. Strain the mixture into a jug, cool, and, chill.

When ready to serve, pour the eggnog into glasses, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

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4 Responses to “Lait de Poule- Spiked Eggnog”

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    Barbara — December 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Like you, Hood Golden egg nog has been my eggnog of choice for as long as I can remember. Don’t think I ever checked the ingredients! Maybe it’s time to try this holiday staple from scratch! Thanks for the wake up call!!


    • Cate — December 11th, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

      You’re very welcome… and the scratch version really isn’t that difficult to make and it tastes so much better!


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    Sarah | Shine Food — December 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I hear you on that first sip. My sister and I have been trading eggnog recipes back and forth in preparation for that momentous moment. Here’s hoping it happens during our annual viewing of When Harry Met Sally…

    We’re celebrating holiday recipes this month on the Shine Supper Club and this would be a perfect contribution. I hope you’ll join us!


    • Cate — December 12th, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

      Thanks for letting me know about it! And good luck finding the perfect eggnog. Maybe next year I’ll try one of the raw egg fermented versions :)


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