"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear" --- or serving Buddy the Elf's favorite maple eggnog, which is sure to give you all the holiday vibes in no time. While most eggnog recipes are sweetened with sugar, this recipe uses maple syrup as a nod to Buddy's favorite food group. The maple syrup gives this eggnog a warmth and richness that make for the most decadent holiday cocktail.
Besides being delicious, I'm especially excited about this homemade maple eggnog because "Elf"is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. "Elf" came out when I was in college, so I went to go see it with two of my close friends, Denise and Dustin. The three of us literally did not stop laughing the entire time. We were in stitches after one joke, and as soon as we started to settle down, the next joke popped up, and we were back to those hearty belly laughs.
To this day, seeing "Elf" was one of my most memorable trips to the movies, which may seem weird. Usually, it seems like people remember "Star Wars" or something iconic like that as their pinnacle movie-going experience, but for me, that movie was a classic Will Ferrell flick. Watching "Elf" always takes me back to that happy memory, and no matter how many times I've seen it, I still crack up from beginning to end.
Now let's turn on some Christmas music and make a batch of this delicious maple eggnog.
To start, we bring whole milk, heavy cream, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg and a pinch of salt to a simmer. As I've mentioned in other recipes, we don't want to boil a cream mixture when milk is involved because the proteins could potentially separate. A nice simmer will do, and then we let the mixture sit for just a few minutes to slightly cool and allow the spices to continue infusing.
While the cream mixture sits, we beat several egg yolks until they are nice and smooth. We strain the cream mixture and slowly add it to the egg yolks until it's fully incorporated. We're now ready to refrigerate the maple eggnog until chilled. I recommend making the eggnog the day before you plan to serve, so it can chill overnight.
If you'd like, you can also add liquor for a boozy eggnog before chilling, or you can let people add the liquor of their choice when serving, which makes it kid-friendly. Plus, it's fun to play around with different liquors. Last year, Matt and I made an eggnog flight where we tried our eggnog with six different liquors and liqueurs: bourbon, my vanilla bean-orange-infused bourbon, spiced rum, brandy, Kahlua and Bailey's. We loved every option, but the orange-vanilla bean-infused bourbon was my favorite while Matt was partial to the Kahlua.
But sometimes it's easier to dump in the booze and not worry about mixing while serving. I've prepared this eggnog both ways, so the choice is completely up to you.
Before serving, I also like to whip up some egg whites and fold them into the eggnog. The whipped egg whites add some nice body to the eggnog, or they work well for a frothy topping. Now pop on "Elf," laugh the night away and enjoy a delicious cup of Buddy the Elf's favorite maple eggnog.
If you ask Buddy, I'm sure he'd recommend his famous candy-covered, maple syrup-drenched spaghetti. I love Buddy, but I have to pass. Instead, this maple eggnog is perfect with a fudgy, rich brownie or big slice of gingerbread. The creamy, milky body perfectly washes down a thick brownie, and that sweet maple flavor is the perfect backbone to gingerbread spices.
I hope you spread a little Christmas cheer with Buddy the Elf's favorite maple eggnog. Please let me know how you enjoyed this maple eggnog recipe in the comment section and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. You can also catch me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
Thirsty for More Holiday Drinks?
- Cranberry-apple cider holiday sangria
- Gingered bourbon-apple cider cocktail
- Chai-cranberry bourbon smash
- Homemade gingerbread latte
Buddy the Elf’s Favorite Maple Eggnog
- Medium saucepan
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup real maple syrup
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg preferably freshly grated
- ½ teaspoon whole cloves
- Pinch of salt
- 6 eggs separated
- ¾ to 1 cup liquor or liqueur of choice depending on your preferred strength, optional
- In a medium saucepan, bring milk, heavy cream, maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, nutmeg, whole cloves and pinch of salt to a simmer over medium heat. Do not boil. After the mixture comes to a simmer, turn off the heat.
- Beat the egg yolks until they're smooth and slightly lightened in color. Strain the cream mixture and slowly pour into the egg yolks, constantly whisking until combined. If desired, add liquor or liqueur. Keep refrigerated overnight.
- Immediately prior to serving, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form and stir into the eggnog. You can also reserve some for topping. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and nutmeg if desired. Enjoy!
- My favorite alcohol options are bourbon, vanilla bean-orange-infused bourbon, spiced rum, brandy, Kahlua and Bailey's.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.