Dairy-Free Eggnog

Dairy-Free Eggnog

A not-so-traditional approach to a Dairy-Free Eggnog is for the holiday season. Eggnog is one of the most festive and traditional drinks this time of the year. It's thick, indulgent, and quite odd (if you think about it). It is a drink made from milk and eggs, which is pretty weird if you ask me, considering all the "healthier" holiday party cocktails today.

Eggnog served chilled in a glass sprinkled with cinnamon

Traditional Eggnog is heavy and full of fat if made traditionally. We swapped out the dairy for almond and coconut milk. We also replaced refined sugar with Eastern Shore Honey. Eggnog made with Honey and plant milk is just as sweet and rich as the traditional drink but lighter in calories and not as rough on your stomach.

We need to note that Eggnog made with raw eggs can pose a health risk-if the eggs you are using are not fresh and clean, salmonella can potentially be transmitted. Although to be fair, only eggs with dirty shells pose a risk of transmitting bacteria (the inside of an egg should be sterile unless cracked or punctured somehow).

If you feel safer drinking pasteurized eggnog, heat the liquids and gently blend the egg yolks into the mixture over medium heat for around 20 minutes. You can use a food thermometer to test and see the temperature of the liquid-it should reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you don't heat it to boiling because that will ruin the concoction.

This can also be made without the bourbon for a family-friendly drink.

Adapting this Dairy-Free Eggnog made with Honey.

Any recipe does not reach true perfection until you've added your touch. We encourage you to play with your food at Bee Inspired Honey House. Change up this recipe. Here are some ideas to consider when you are making:

  • Use whatever type of milk you like-plant or dairy-based
  • Try using darker Honey for a more robust flavor (try Avocado or Buckwheat)
  • Serve with a whole cinnamon stick for festive flare-or, use a candy cane!

How to Make Dairy-Free Egg Nog

  • Separate the eggs, and keep both the yolks and the whites.
  • Whisk together the yolks with the Honey until they have a thick texture (but don't form peaks).
  • Blend the plant milk into the yolk mixture, and continue to whisk. Once combined, blend in the coconut milk and the vanilla extract. Mix until creamy.
  • Using a stand mixer or a whisk, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold these into the yolk mixture until well blended.
  • Seal in an air-tight container and chill in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to serve, pour bourbon into a chilled glass, add Eggnog, stir and top with a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg.

How to Make Cooked Dairy-Free Egg Nog

  • Separate the yolks and whites from the eggs.
  • Blend the yolks and Honey as above.
  • Blend the almond milk, coconut milk, vanilla, and Honey into a medium saucepan and gently heat until bubbling, stirring constantly.
  • Add the yolk blend to the mixture.
  • Mix the yolk and milk blend thoroughly. Heat gently until thick (around 20 minutes).
  • Make sure you constantly stir so as not to burn any liquid.
  • Remove from heat, store in an air-tight container, and chill in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to serve, pour bourbon into a chilled glass, add Eggnog, stir and top with a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Eggnog served chilled in a glass sprinkled with cinnamon
Dairy-Free Eggnog is a perfect holiday treat, with only about half the guilt

Suppose you decide to make our Eggnog, or better yet, your own take or any holiday party cocktails that mix well with Honey. Why not take a photo and share it with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

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