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Creme Brûlée Eggnog

What’s rich, creamy, deeply caramelised and smells just like Christmas? If you didn’t guess right, I’ll help you out: it’s creme brûlée eggnog. You’ll be hooked from the first sip, after sip, after sip…

easy creme brulee eggnog recipe

It’s officially open season on festive food! The festive season is well underway and we have you sorted this year. This delicious eggnog is the perfect way to kick off the holidays.

So what is eggnog? In short, it’s essentially a drinkable custard spiked with rum and jazzed up with spices. This creme brûlée eggnog version is utterly addictive, uses 9 simple ingredients, and takes under 30 minutes to make.

The burnt honey in this recipe shines in this velvety smooth eggnog. Take honey to the point it just starts to smoke, add water to stop the cooking, and you end up with bitter notes. This balances the rich flavours and sweetness, so you’ll want to come back for more.

If you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. See our Instagram recipe video here. Happy cooking!

easy creme brulee eggnog recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this alcohol-free?

Yes, you can make an alcohol-free version, simply leave out the rum and up the vanilla to taste. 

Can I use other spices?

Yes, you can use other classic Christmas spices like nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.

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easy creme brulee eggnog recipe

Creme Brûlée Eggnog

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 1.5L


The burnt honey in this recipe shines in this velvety smooth eggnog, the bitter notes balancing the rich flavours and sweetness. Take honey to the point it just starts to smoke, then add the water to stop the cooking.


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 cups whole milk / full fat milk
  • 3/4 cup rum (add more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 115g / 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon/mixed spice
  • pinch of salt


  1. Place the honey in a sauce pan and cook until it just starts to caramelize and smoke.
  2. Add 60ml of water to the pot to stop the cooking.
  3. Pour the burnt honey mixture in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Return the pan to the heat and add the milk and cream.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks.
  6. Gently pour the warm milk mixture a little at a time into the egg yolks, while whisking them constantly to gently warm and temper the eggs.
  7. Once you have added roughly a cup of milk to the egg yolks, pour the yolk mixture back into the pot.
  8. Turn the heat to right down low and cook the egg nog, stirring with a rubber spatula until it thickens slightly about 15 minutes. Add the spices, vanilla, rum and a pinch or so of salt.
  9. The eggnog is now ready to serve and can be served hot, or cold over ice, with a few spoons of your burnt honey added to the bottom of your serving cups. If optin to serve the eggnog cold, pour the mixture into a container and refrigerate until cold.
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Festive
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Christmas


  • Serving Size: 1.5L
  • Calories: 2169.63kcal
  • Sugar: 144.98g
  • Sodium: 547.08mg
  • Fat: 117.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 67.05g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 41.68g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 147g
  • Fiber: 0.47g
  • Protein: 41.39g
  • Cholesterol: 1167.21mg
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