Eggnog Ice Cream Recipe

Photograph: Max Falkowitz

A direct frozen version of our favorite holiday drink, spiked with just enough bourbon to keep it interesting.

Note: The amount of bourbon listed here will impart a noticeable but balanced boozy flavor to the ice cream, though the intensity of the flavor will increase the next day. You can reduce the alcohol to none if you prefer, or increase it by a tablespoon, without doing any textural damage to the ice cream. Brandy, Scotch, and rum are also worthy substitutions for bourbon, depending on your tastes.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 12 hrs
Serves: 8 servings
Makes: 1 quart

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  • 9 large egg yolks

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 cups cream

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup bourbon


  1. In a heavy medium saucepan, whisk egg yolks and sugar together until well combined. Slowly whisk in cream, then milk. Cook, whisking frequently, over medium heat, until a custard forms on the back of a spoon and a finger swiped across the back leaves a clean line.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg, salt, and bourbon. Pour through a strainer into an airtight container and chill overnight.

  3. The next day, churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Return to airtight container and chill in freezer for at least three hours before serving.

Special Equipment

Ice cream maker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
391 Calories
28g Fat
22g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 391
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 302mg 101%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 180mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)