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Keto Eggnog with Non Alcoholic Option

This keto eggnog recipe is a great sugar free alternative to the traditional winter drink. Spike low carb eggnog with bourbon or keep it non alcoholic, either way, homemade eggnog is one of the best easy keto recipes for winter!

Easy Homemade Keto Eggnog recipe

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Is Eggnog Keto?

This easy eggnog recipe is keto friendly and low carb so you can enjoy some holiday cheer on your keto diet and stay in ketosis. 

I recommend you read my post on the 8 Symptoms of Ketosis if you have any doubts as to whether or not you’re in a ketotic state.

Each serving of keto eggnog has 2 g net carbohydrates and lots of healthy fats which makes it a very filling and rich drink! One small cup is all you need.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all eggnog is created equal.

A more appropriate question to as is “Is store bought eggnog keto?”

There is a stark contrast between a recipe made from scratch and store bought brands of eggnog which are packed with sugar. These are not keto friendly.

Read the nutrition label before you buy a carton of eggnog from the store. Some brands hide unexpected ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, sugar, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavor, carrageenan, and other unpleasant food-like ingredients.

Plus, they use reduced-fat milk so you don’t even get healthy fats from the cream.

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Low Carb Eggnog Recipe

Make-ahead recipes are big time savers for this time of year. When we are busy with all the holiday excitement, tried and true keto recipes are one of my 5 ways to stick to a keto diet.

The key to making this a low carb eggnog is using a keto sweetener instead of refined sugar. I choose Lakanto Classic which is a blend of erythritol and monk fruit. 

If ½ cup of sweetener sounds like a lot to you, feel free to decrease the amount down to just ¼ cup.

You can order Lakanto Classic here and use my coupon code PRIMALEDGEHEALTH in the checkout to save 20% off!

If you like this recipe I know you will also enjoy Keto Eggnog Cheesecake Pudding! It has all the classic eggnog flavors but is creamy like cheesecake and sets up like pudding.

In addition to being keto approved, this winter drink is almost exclusively from animal-based ingredients which makes this homemade eggnog an option for those interested in a carnivore diet and carnivore diet recipes. If you’re on a modified carnivore diet, this recipe is a great choice.

There are also no offensively high oxalate ingredients here. So you can enjoy this drink on a low oxalate diet too.

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How to Make Keto Eggnog Recipe

It is possible to make a no-cook version of this recipe by simply blending all the ingredients in  blender and serving chilled or with ice.

That is a quick 5-minute prep method that has zero fuss about it.

However, the no-cook method doesn’t produce a luscious and thick custard-like texture and I find it doesn’t save as well as when I cook the recipe on the stove-top.

Making a thick and creamy custard base is really the key to perfecting this keto eggnog recipe.

Whisk all the ingredients (except the bourbon) in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Warm the liquid slowly and continue stirring until it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. This can take up to 15 minutes.

If you have a cooking thermometer, use it and wait until it reaches 160-165 degrees F (70-75 degrees C). Do not allow to boil.

You want the eggs to cook slowly into a custard and not curdle into scrambled eggs.

Now cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours in the fridge.

Just before serving, add 1 ounce of bourbon to each glass and stir gently. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg, if desired.

The recipe will store for up to 2-3 days.

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Non Alcoholic Eggnog Recipe

Treat yourself and any lucky house guests to a delicious keto Christmas cocktail or mocktail!

Serve this homemade eggnog without alcohol or with a splash of bourbon.

There are a lot of variations you can make to this eggnog.

  • Serve warm, right after making it
  • Serve chilled, as is traditionally done
  • Spike it with alcohol
  • Keep it alcohol free

I like it best after resting overnight and chilled but you can also drink it warm right after making it.

It’s so good, even our children drank some with me, without the bourbon of course.

I love being able to share nourishing foods with them. I can see how they thrive with a diet high in healthy fats and animal foods.

A word of caution if you do add alcohol. You can drink alcohol on a keto diet, but know that it metabolizes quickly so don’t be surprised if one drink feels like two or three used to before you got keto adapted.

The recipes calls for 8 ounces of bourbon which gives 1 ounce alcohol per serving. Feel free to adjust the amount to your liking. You could start with 4 ounces, go up to 12, or just pour to taste.

Bourbon may be replaced with dark rum if you prefer. Take a look at this comparison of whiskey, rum, and brandy to decide which alcohol is best in eggnog.

To make an alcohol free eggnog recipe, just omit it. You don’t need to change anything else.

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Homemade Keto Eggnog Recipe

Jessica Haggard
This keto eggnog recipe is a great sugar free alternative to the traditional holiday beverage. Spike it with bourbon or keep it non alcoholic, either way, homemade eggnog is one of the best winter drinks and is so easy to make!
4.96 from 24 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Traditional
Servings 8 servings
Calories 264 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Whisk all the ingredients, except the bourbon, in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Warm the liquid slowly and continue stirring until it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. This can take up to 15 minutes.
    If you have a cooking thermometer, use it and wait until it reaches 160-165°F (70-75°C). Do not allow to boil.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours in the fridge.
  • Before serving, add 1 ounce of bourbon to each glass and stir gently. Sprinkle with a light dusting of grated nutmeg, if desired.

Nutrition & Macros

Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 1.7gProtein: 2.9gFat: 19.9gSaturated Fat: 11.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6.2gCholesterol: 199.1mgSodium: 23mgPotassium: 47mgSugar: 1.7g

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Thank you again to Mountain Rose Herbs for bringing you this recipe!

This recipe was originally published on Dec 6, 2019. It was updated on Nov 11, 2020 with new images and cooking tips.

Meet Jessica Haggard

Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes. With a focus on from scratch, homemade cooking, animal-based nutrition, and easy DIY beauty and personal care recipes, there’s always something new going on in her kitchen! Jessica will teach you exactly how to thrive with all the best ingredients and enjoy the journey along the way.

She has photographed and authored two best selling ketogenic cookbooks, The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook and The Carnivore Cookbook. Learn more about Jessica…

46 Responses

  1. Jenn
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Trying to stay keto over the holidays will be a challenge for me, but thanks to this keto friendly eggnog recipe, I can enjoy one of my favorite seasonal treats without worrying!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      That’s the key! Find alternatives to your favorite recipes and you’ll be 100% prepared.

  2. Mirlene
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Tis’ the season and I am ready to make this eggnog recipe. Perfect for my upcoming dinner party.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      What great timing! So glad you get to share this with your loved ones.

  3. Denay DeGuzman
    | Reply

    5 stars
    What a delicious eggnog recipe! I just tried it and I’m in love. It’s easy to make and tastes so darn good!!!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      That’s exactly how I feel! Enjoy 🙂

      • Linda Donald
        | Reply

        5 stars
        One of my seasonal favorites!
        Jessica, thanks so much for giving us a keto version. Now to find a keto gingerbread recipe…

        • Jessica Haggard
          | Reply

          I’m so glad you like this <3 You don't have to look too far for gingerbread, try my gingerbread loaf!

  4. Sara Welch
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Wouldn’t be Christmas without Eggnog! I love this recipe; can’t wait to give it a try this afternoon!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It really wouldn’t be! Hope you are enjoying a cup right now!!

  5. Soniya
    | Reply

    This looks and sounds super delicious ? Perfect for holiday get together.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It’s great for a crowd! The recipe is easily doubled or tripled, depending on how many guests you expect.

  6. Noelle
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Wow, I can’t wait to try this! I love that you make a keto version, thank you!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I hope you get to share this with the special people in your life – Happy Holidays!

  7. Krissy Allori
    | Reply

    5 stars
    So yummy! We made this the other night with friends. We had the adult version and the kids had the other.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      That’s the best way to have it – all together 😉

  8. Sapana
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Such a delicious beverage made with perfect sweetness!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I love being able to sweeten without sugar! Enjoy!

  9. Sandhya Hariharan
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Fab recipe.. I’ll be making for my Keto friendly guests coming over the weekend.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It’s great for a crowd, hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

  10. Sonal
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Thank you for posting alcohol free recipe of the eggnog. Looks delicious and it’s keto too. Double cool.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I know first hand how helpful it can be to have a non-alcohol version. Happy holidays!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I know first hand how helpful it can be to have a non-alcohol version. Happy holiday’s!

  11. megan beaver
    | Reply

    I am going low carb right now working my way towards keto. So I am so happy that I found this recipe. It sounds amazing. I cannot wait to try it.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      When you go keto, focus on the fatty cuts of meat and serve the low-carb veggies on the side 😉

  12. Gloria
    | Reply

    5 stars
    I am so glad egg nog it not available all year. But wait…with this recipe it could be. I love it, and certainly is a must in our holiday celebration. The non-alcoholic option is great…as everyone does not enjoy it spiked.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I like that too, it’s nice to have the flexibility to choose a non-alcoholic version or not.

  13. kim
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe! I love how easy and flavorful this is!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Kim! Be sure to check back again soon for more great recipes 🙂

  14. Julia
    | Reply

    5 stars
    I have never tried making eggnog at home but it sounds so easy! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It’s fool proof 🙂 You can do it!

  15. Erin
    | Reply

    I’ve never made eggnog at home– this sounds pretty easy! Thanks!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It’s really easy and, in my opinion, so much better when freshly made. Enjoy!

  16. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    | Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve done keto for a few weeks and this is a lifesaver !!!!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Keto is easy when you have great low-carb alternatives to your favorite recipes! I’m glad you enjoy this recipe so much.

  17. Michelle
    | Reply

    5 stars
    So excited about this festive holiday drink! I thought it was going to be off the table this year!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It’s on the table baby!

  18. Raia Todd
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Mmm! My favorite holiday drink ever!

  19. ChihYu
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Yum! So creamy, smooth and delicious!

  20. Anita
    | Reply

    5 stars
    This is so easy and delicious. And homemade is always better than store bought. I’ll be making lots of this to serve for Christmas. 🙂

  21. Zuzana
    | Reply

    looks good love it

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It’s a great low-carb alternative! Hope you enjoy 🙂

  22. Judy Purcell
    | Reply

    5 stars
    My friend is gonna love this!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I hope you do too!

  23. Stacey Crawford
    | Reply

    5 stars
    This looks perfect and deliciously frothy for the holidays!

  24. Cheryl Malik
    | Reply

    5 stars
    This eggnog looks amazing. Finally, a keto way to enjoy it!

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