Christmas Eve-ning Eggnog!


A delicious holiday staple, learning to make good eggnog is sure to impress, in addition to leaving your tastebuds dancing. Grab your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver for an extra hand and give this recipe a try:


4 cups milk

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

5 whole cloves

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract, divided

12 large egg yolks

1 ½ cups white sugar

4 cups light cream

2 ½ cups light rum (optional)

½ tsp. ground nutmeg


  1. Combine milk, cinnamon, ½ tsp. vanilla, and cloves in a saucepan and warm over the lowest heat setting. Stir and heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium-low and slowly bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
  3. Whisk egg yolks until light yellow in color. Add sugar and continue whisking until light and fluffy.
  4. Pour a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking quickly to keep from scrambling the eggs. Continue this process until all the milk is incorporated.
  5. Pour this mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes or until thick. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
  6. Strain mixture to remove the cloves and let cool for 1 hour.
  7. Stir in cream, rum (if desired), remaining 2 tsp. vanilla, and nutmeg. Let cool 8 hours to overnight before serving.

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