Sam's Serious Eggnog Recipe

Allison Beck


  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 4 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ounces 151 rum
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 2 ounce bourbon
  • 4 whole eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream

A traditional recipe for the classic holiday drink from Sam Barbieri at Waterfront Ale House in New York City. Sam suggests using quality ingredients for the best result, like farm-fresh milk and cream, quality liquor, and fresh spices. For added flavor, let the spices infuse the liquor for about an hour before finishing the drink.  —Allison Beck


In a bowl, mix the spices with liquors and let sit to infuse for up to an hour.

After the liquor has infused, whisk together eggs, sugar, and 1 ½ cups half and half in a 3-quart stainless steel bowl. Working over a double boiler of simmering water, heat the egg mixture, whisking constantly, just until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat immediately and add the cold heavy cream and remaining half and half to cool the mixture and stop the cooking.

Blend in the liquor and spice mixture. Garnish with additional freshly grated nutmeg.


Calories per serving:

719 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 40g 61%
  • Carbs 45g 15%
  • Saturated 24g 119%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 44g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 10g 19%
  • Cholesterol 268mg 89%
  • Sodium 127mg 5%
  • Calcium 192mg 19%
  • Magnesium 23mg 6%
  • Potassium 262mg 7%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Zinc 1mg 9%
  • Phosphorus 233mg 33%
  • Vitamin A 423µg 47%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 3%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 5%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 25%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 6%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 25µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 14%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 5%
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