Homemade Salted Caramel Eggnog Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (2024)

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By: Becky Hardin

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This SALTED CARAMEL EGGNOG recipe is my new holiday favorite! This is one easy eggnog recipe; I never knew it was so simple to make at home. Made on the stove in under 15 minutes and SO delicious!

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Caramel Eggnog Recipe

This easy eggnog recipe is one of my favorites. Salted Caramel Eggnog is so delicious, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

I dream about this Salted Caramel eggnog recipe ALL YEAR LONG! Holiday drinks are always the best drinks, and eggnog is my FAVORITE holiday drink ever. It’s such a comforting, nostalgic, festive thing to sip on throughout fall and winter, especially at parties or holiday get togethers. It instantly makes any party feel special.

This easy eggnog recipe is EXTRA special because it’s filled with the beautiful flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, and (of course) caramel. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty. It’s even better when it’s topped with whipped egg whites, caramel syrup, and extra cinnamon. YUM!

This Salted Caramel Eggnog Recipe can easily be made with or without rum. So if you want an alcoholic eggnog recipe, we’ve got you covered. And if you want to share it with the whole family, no worries! Just exclude the rum from the recipe and you’ve got the same great caramel flavor.

Make this delicious Salted Caramel Eggnog (with or without rum) for the holiday season. This easy eggnog recipe will be your new favorite!

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Easy Eggnog Recipe

So call me crazy, but I had NO CLUE that making eggnog on the stove was maybe the most super simple thing ever. I assumed eggnog had to be made over hours and hours and could only be bought in stores (I KNOW). Well…good news everyone, that’s not the case.

This easy eggnog recipe is super fast (like, under 15 minutes), and so delicious and comforting. Thanksgiving and Christmas in a glass.I love the added flair the salted caramel brings to this classic drink. It’s just too good!

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How to Make Salted Caramel Eggnog

This easy eggnog recipe is made in just minutes, you won’t believe it! I always thought I had to buy eggnog at the store…because clearly I’m not qualified to make something of this class and taste in my own home! But it’s so much easier than I thought, and I’m officially addicted. I especially love that this recipe can be made with or without the rum, so you can choose to make it for the whole family, or for adults only.

How to make this eggnog recipe:

  1. Combine milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg in a saucepan and heat. Remove from heat as soon as it starts to boil, then let it sit 5-10 minutes to cool.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar in a stand mixer, then pour it into the milk mixture and whisk quickly to combine.
  3. Mix in caramel and sea salt (and rum for alcoholic eggnog version).

The eggnog is ready to pour and serve at this point. If you’d like to get a little fancy, beat egg whites until they’re fluffy and start to peak, then add them on top of the eggnog. Don’t forget to garnish with extra cinnamon and caramel syrup! Check the recipe card for detailed instructions.

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Best Eggnog Recipe

I LOVE eggnog. It’s so creamy, so rich, and so flavorful! It feels like such a fun and decadent thing to sip on, which makes it feel extra special and totally worthy of holiday parties. This Salted Caramel Eggnog might be my new favorite version (possibly the BEST eggnog recipe?). Not only is this a super easy eggnog recipe, but it’s just so tasty. I love the sweet and salty aspect, and it’s just so much fun to drink (with or without alcohol).

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I hope you love this easy Salted Caramel Eggnog recipe as much as I do. It’s so delicious, and it’s such a fun thing to share with friends and family around the holidays.

See the recipe card below for details on how to make this Salted Caramel Eggnog recipe. Enjoy!

If you like this eggnog recipe, try these other festive drink recipes:

  • Caramel Apple Hot Toddy co*cktail
  • Festive Snow Punch
  • Sparkling Apple Pie on the Rocks
  • Easy Holiday Sangria
  • Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum


Homemade Salted Caramel Eggnog

4.43 from 21 votes

Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie

Prep: 5 minutes minutes

Cook: 10 minutes minutes

Total: 15 minutes minutes

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This SALTED CARAMEL EGGNOG recipe is my new holiday favorite! This is one easy eggnog recipe; I never knew it was so simple to make at home. Made on the stove in under 15 minutes and SO delicious!

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  • 3 cups whole milk 681 grams
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 227 grams
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ¾ tablespoon pure vanilla extract 9 grams
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg 3 grams
  • 5 large eggs 250 grams
  • cup granulated sugar 133 grams
  • ½ cup caramel syrup 160 grams, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt 9 grams, plus more for garnish (SEE NOTE)
  • ¾ cup good quality dark rum 170 grams, optional
  • 2 large egg whites 70 grams, optional, for garnish (SEE NOTE)

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  • In a large saucepan, combine the milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Be careful when bringing to a boil that the milk doesn't boil over the pan. As soon as you see it bubbling, remove from heat.

    3 cups whole milk, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 4 cinnamon sticks, ¾ tablespoon pure vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

  • Allow to sit for at least 5-10 minutes to steep. (you want to make sure the milk mixture isn't hot enough to cook the eggs once added. So allow to sit for a little bit off the heat before the next step) :)

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high/high until fully combined.

    5 large eggs, ⅔ cup granulated sugar

  • Pour the egg mixture into the milk and whisk quickly until fully combined.

  • Add caramel, sea salt, and rum (if using). Continue whisking to fully combine.

    ½ cup caramel syrup, 1 tablespoon sea salt, ¾ cup good quality dark rum

  • When you're ready to serve, beat the egg whites on high until foamy peaks form. (this is optional).

    2 large egg whites

  • Pour the eggnog into the glass leaving a bit of room at the top. Top with fluffy egg whites (optional)

  • Garnish with nutmeg and caramel sauce.

Last step! Don’t forget to show me a pic of what you made! Upload an image or tag me @thecookierookie on Instagram!

Becky’s tips

  • If using table salt, reduce the quantity by half. Start with less and adjust to your individual tastes!
  • As always, consuming raw eggs is at your own risk and totally up to each individual person.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1glass Calories: 713kcal (36%) Carbohydrates: 61g (20%) Protein: 18g (36%) Fat: 34g (52%) Saturated Fat: 19g (119%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0.02g Cholesterol: 322mg (107%) Sodium: 2043mg (89%) Potassium: 470mg (13%) Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 61g (68%) Vitamin A: 1535IU (31%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 317mg (32%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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How do you make eggnog in 1859? ›

From 'The Philosophy of Housekeeping' By Joseph Bardwell Lyman, 1859. Egg Nog. — Teaspoonful of sugar well beaten with an egg; add a gill of milk, and then, by degrees, one or two tablespoonfuls of good French brandy; spice with grated nutmeg.

What alcohol to mix with eggnog? ›

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.

What happens when you age eggnog? ›

They found, unanimously, that aged nog was mellower and smoother than fresh nog. Similarly, Alton Brown says that "the longer the nog ages, the more mellow it will get." In The Art of Eating, Holly Jennings found three-week nog to be "rounder, smoother, and noticeably more complex."

Does eggnog thicken as it ages? ›

Boozy eggnog will also continue to thicken in the fridge as it ages.

What is George Washington's recipe for eggnog? ›

“One-quart cream, one-quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one-pint brandy, ½ pint rye whiskey, ½ pint Jamaica rum, ¼ pint sherry – mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of 12 eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating.

Who originally made eggnog? ›

Origins. While no one knows who invented eggnog, most historians and foodies generally agree eggnog originated in medieval Britain. The upper classes were the only ones to have access to the milk, sherry, and eggs required to make the first version of eggnog, so it began as an exclusive beverage.

What kind of rum is best in eggnog? ›

"When choosing a rum, I personally find a spiced rum to be the best for the flavors incorporated in eggnogs," he said. "Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum is best for its quality and flavor profile.”

Is vodka ok in eggnog? ›

Traditionally, it should be rum. I'd do bourbon because I love bourbon and I think bourbon goes well with the flavors of eggnog. Brandy also works quite well. There's always vodka if you're looking for a 'cleaner' flavor.

Does eggnog taste better with alcohol? ›

The amount of alcohol put in eggnog has no written rule, but it tastes best with 1 part spirit for every 5 parts eggnog. The alcohol takes away the rich and sweet taste of the eggnog, so if you're looking for a more bitter drink you can add extra alcohol.

Can you eat 100 year old egg nog? ›

Safety. Century eggs prepared in traditional ways are generally safe to consume. However, there have been incidents of malpractice in century egg production that causes eggs to be contaminated.

What makes eggnog unhealthy? ›

Traditionally made with eggs, cream, milk, and sugar, no one would say that eggnog is a healthy drink. Even a small serving can pack significant amounts of calories, fat, saturated fat, and added sugars. And then there's the fact that homemade eggnog made with raw eggs can be a food-poisoning risk.

Can 2 year olds drink eggnog? ›

When can babies have eggnog? After 12 months of age, if the eggnog is pasteurized and free of alcohol. While we generally recommend waiting until age 2 to introduce sugar into a toddler's diet, a small taste of pasteurized, alcohol-free eggnog on a special occasion after a child's first birthday is just fine.

How was eggnog originally made? ›

"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.

What's the difference between old fashioned and traditional eggnog? ›

The old-fashioned eggnog is made with raw eggs, milk, cream, bourbon, and sugar. Usually, compared to classic eggnog, this version is stronger and creamier in taste and texture. Top it off with freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.

What changed to make eggnog a popular holiday drink by the 1700s? ›

In the 1700s, rum from the Caribbean was the American eggnog alcohol of choice. But it was scarce during the revolution, so it was traded out for moonshine. This might explain why it became associated with the Christmas season. It warmed up drinkers in the cold weather, and true eggnog called for expensive liquor.

What is the origin of the eggnog recipe? ›

While culinary historians debate its exact lineage, most agree eggnog originated from the early medieval Britain “posset,” a hot, milky, ale-like drink. By the 13th century, monks were known to drink a posset with eggs and figs.


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