Pumpkin Eggnog

Combine the best of Thanksgiving and Christmas in one beverage with Pumpkin Eggnog. This lightly spiced holiday drink tastes just like pumpkin pie in liquid form.

Two glasses of pumpkin spice latte with cinnamon and pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Eggnog recipe

Christmas season seems to come earlier and earlier every year these days. We are all thinking about Christmas before Thanksgiving comes and goes.

That’s why I think you’ve got to have some hybrid foods and drinks to go with both seasons.

Pumpkin eggnog is just that. It combines the flavors of the pumpkin spice latte with rich eggnog, giving this holiday tradition a major Thanksgiving twist with pumpkin pie flavors.

Smooth, thick, and creamy, this recipe is based on traditional eggnog that’s made the old-fashioned way: with real eggs, whipped egg whites, cream and your favorite whiskey.

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A glass of pumpkin spice latte with cinnamon sticks.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Pumpkin eggnog is the fall twist this classic Christmas cocktail always needed. It’s like regular eggnog but with a delightful pumpkin spice twist. 

  • Pumpkin eggnog is a great drink for the holiday season. Enjoy it for any holiday occasion from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
  • It’s easy to make at home with real eggs and real pumpkin purée.
  • Everyone will love this delicious pumpkin spice version of the traditional Christmas cocktail.

Tools & glassware

To make homemade eggnog, you’ll need a mixer to help you whip the egg whites and mix the egg yolks in the cream mixture. A stand mixer or electric mixer will both work fine.

(Bonus: A mixer is also helpful for making homemade whipped cream to put on top!)

This recipe makes enough for eight drinks. You can halve it or double it. But if you do double it, you will probably want a punch bowl and ladle to serve it.

To serve this drink, rocks glasses or mugs will work well.

A pumpkin spice latte with pumpkins.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this Thanksgiving eggnog recipe. Here’s what to grab at the grocery store:

  • eggs: Use pasteurized eggs for eggnog for the safest eggnog experience. 
  • sugar: Granulated sugar is best to keep that pumpkin orange color. 
  • whole milk: You can use 2% milk if needed, but skip the 1% and skim milk for the best texture. 
  • heavy cream: This is also sometimes called whipping cream. 
  • spiced rum: Feel free to substitute whiskey, brandy, dark rum or even aged tequila instead if you prefer. Fireball is also a great and flavorful add-in for eggnog.
  • pumpkin purée: Be sure you use real pumpkin puree, not canned pumpkin pie filling. 
  • whipped cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream would also be really lovely. 
  • pumpkin pie spice: This spice mix usually contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. It’s the best way to bring in all of the aromatic pumpkin pie spices into this drink, but you can also use ground cinnamon, cardamom or grated nutmeg. 
  • cinnamon sticksUse these to garnish the glasses. You could also use star anise. 

Raw egg warning

Consuming raw or lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk for food-borne illness.

Variations and substitutions

Mix things up by trying one of these variations on this pumpkin nog:

Non-alcoholic eggnog: If you want to make it alcohol-free, you can substitute a zero-proof spirit such as Ritual rum alternative.

Dairy-free eggnog: You can make dairy-free eggnog by substituting coconut cream (not cream of coconut) and your favorite non-dairy milk alternative such as almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or oat milk.

Vegan eggnog: You can try using the dairy-free instructions above along with egg replacers. Aquafaba might work best in lieu of the egg whites to make the drink fluffy. However, I’ve not tried this, but let me know how it goes if you do.

A person is sprinkling cinnamon into a glass of eggnog.

How to make Pumpkin Eggnog

Here’s how to make this delicious pumpkin eggnog recipe:

  1. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks with ¼ cup sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. You can use a mixer or a whisk.
  2. Stir in the milk, heavy cream, pumpkin purée and spiced rum.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with the remaining ¼ cup sugar until soft peaks form.
  4. Stir in the pumpkin and egg mixture.
  5. Serve in a punch bowl and ladle it into eight rocks glasses.
  6. Garnish each glass with whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick.

Tips & tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for making this festive drink recipe:

  • Use new eggs at room temperature. Old eggs and cold eggs will not whip as easily.
  • Make sure the bowl you use for whipping egg whites is clean and dry. If your egg whites don’t set up properly, you won’t have the same thick, creamy eggnog. 
  • Eggnog is usually served chilled or at room temperature, but it can be enjoyed warm. To warm it, heat it on low to medium heat on the stove, but don’t let it simmer or boil.
A glass of pumpkin spice latte with a cinnamon stick.

Pairing ideas for Pumpkin Eggnog

This boozy Pumpkin Eggnog is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail or Christmas drink. 

When you make it this time of year, serve up your favorite pumpkin treats like pumpkin bread, pumpkin brittle or pumpkin cake push pops.

Or turn things on their head and try this eggnog pumpkin pie recipe. It’s a holiday twist on the traditional pumpkin pie.

You could even stir this eggnog into your morning coffee to give it some eggnog and pumpkin flavor. It would also be good on top of a homemade pumpkin cream cold brew

Another idea is to use it in an eggnog white Russian, where you substitute eggnog for the cream.

A glass of pumpkin spice eggnog with cinnamon sticks and a hint of eggnog.

FAQ

Is eggnog served warm or cold?

Eggnog is usually served chilled or at room temperature, but it can be enjoyed warm. To warm it, heat it on low heat on the stove.

What can I add to eggnog?

Try adding different types of alcohol, such as brandy, whiskey, rum or even spiced rum. Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice. You can even stir in flavors like vanilla extract, pumpkin purée or simple syrups to make new flavors.

What is in pumpkin spice? Could I use it for something other than pumpkin pie and eggnog?

Pumpkin pie spice usually contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. Try using it in cookie recipes, pumpkin spice coffee syrup and other pumpkin desserts like cheesecake and pumpkin bread. 

More pumpkin drinks

Try one of these delicious recipes for pumpkin drinks: 

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A glass of pumpkin spice latte with cinnamon sticks.

Pumpkin Eggnog

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This sweet and creamy Pumpkin Eggnog with spiced rum combines the best of the festive season: pumpkin spice and boozy eggnog.
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ingredients

  • 4 pasteurized eggs separated
  • ½ cup sugar divided
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cup spiced rum or whiskey or brandy
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • whipped cream for garnish
  • pinch pumpkin pie spice for garnish
  • 8 cinnamon sticks for garnish

instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks with ¼ cup sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Stir in the milk, heavy cream, pumpkin purée and spiced rum.
  • In another bowl, whip the egg whites with the remaining ¼ cup sugar until soft peaks form.
  • Gently fold in the pumpkin and egg mixture to the egg whites. Mix until smooth.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve in a punch bowl and ladle it into eight rocks glasses.
  • Garnish each glass with whipped cream, freshly grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

notes

Food safety warning: Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness
Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:
  • Use new eggs at room temperature. Old eggs and cold eggs will not whip as easily.
  • Make sure the bowl you use for whipping egg whites is clean and dry.
  • Eggnog is usually served chilled or at room temperature, but it can be enjoyed warmed. To warm it, heat it on low heat on the stove.

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nutrition information

Yield: 8 servings

amount per serving:

Serving: 6ounces Calories: 392kcal Carbohydrates: 24g Protein: 7g Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 11g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0.01g Cholesterol: 138mg Sodium: 77mg Potassium: 266mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 20g Vitamin A: 3201IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 199mg Iron: 1mg
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