Homemade Eggnog Recipe from Paula Deen

Photo credit: The Food Network

Photo credit: The Food Network

Every RV family needs a good eggnog recipe. But I have to admit, wasn’t a huge fan of eggnog until I found this recipe from Paula Deen, which used vanilla. I think it’s the excessive amounts of nutmeg in the grocery store brands (and most recipes) that bothers me. But with this one, the vanilla adds a great flavor, and you can go really light on the nutmeg, or leave it out altogether.


  • 6 egg, separated*
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 4 pints milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Nutmeg
  • 1/2 pint Bourbon


In a bowl beat the egg yolks with the 1/2 cup of sugar until thick. In another bowl beat the egg whites with 1/4 cup of sugar until thick. In a third bowl beat the cream until thick. Add the cream to the yolks, fold in the egg whites, and add the milk, vanilla, and a pinch of nutmeg, if desired. (If you’ve got kiddos at the party, save some for them before adding the “nog!” and adjust the amount of Bourbon accordingly!) Chill in the freezer before serving.

There’s a short video on The Food Network of Paula Deen whipping up a fresh batch. It’s her mama’s recipe! (I think she likes a lot more nutmeg than me…)

This is a great party drink, whether you’re at the RV park or by the fire at home. And the kids will feel all grown up when they’re sipping (almost) the same yummy beverage as the grown ups.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I hope Santa’s good to you and brings you all the best RV goodies on your list!

~G. Elaine Acker

Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.