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An easy recipe for festive holiday eggnog

This festive holiday cocktail is actually quite easy to prepare.

Tis the season for friends, family, and a delicious glass of eggnog! Don't make the mistake of serving a store-bought variety. This festive holiday cocktail is actually quite easy to prepare, and you'll love this recipe — it adds a little spice with the addition of star anise and cinnamon. Bottoms up! Cheers!

Star Anise and Cinnamon Infused Eggnog Recipe

Makes 1½ quarts


  • 2 cups (480 mL) half & half
  • 1 cup (240 mL) heavy cream
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) bourbon
  • 4 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp (1.25 mL) cream of tartar
  • freshly grated nutmeg (garnish)


Place half & half, cream, star anise, and cinnamon stick into a saucepan and simmer. Once mixture has come to a simmer remove from heat and cover. Allow to steep for 30 minutes.

Pour mixture into a bowl over an ice bath and allow to cool completely.

Place the egg yolks and sugar into a clean mixing bowl and mix together using a hand mixer until the mixture turns a pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Stir in the infused cream mixture and bourbon until fully incorporated. Set aside.

Pour egg whites and cream of tartar into a clean mixing bowl and whip (using a clean hand mixer) until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into the yolk mixture until fully incorporated and chill until ready to use.