Chai Eggnog

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"Tasty drink from the Seattle Times. You can use rum or brandy extract for the flavoring, if you do not want to the alcohol. Cook time does not include 2 hour chilling time."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (418 g)
  • Calories 247.2
  • Total Fat - 7.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 117.6 mg
  • Sodium - 488.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 37.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5 g
  • Sugars - 29.6 g
  • Protein - 11.7 g
  • Calcium - 245.1 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 23.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 ½ cups of the milk with the cinnamon, vanilla bean, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, cardamom pods and a hefty pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer, (Do Not Boil) then turn off the heat and let it stand for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Strain the mixture through a sieve, discarding all of the solids except for the vanilla bean. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk; discard the vanilla pod.

Step 3

Wipe out the saucepan and return the milk to the pan over medium heat.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl beat the eggs with the sugar for two minutes, or until they are light and lemon colored. Add the heated milk in a stream, whisking gently.

Step 5

Return the egg-milk mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it thickens and coats the back of the spoon, about four to six minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a simmer or the eggs will scramble.

Step 6

Quickly add the remaining 1/2 cup of milk to the pan to stop the cooking. Transfer the mixture to a pitcher and chill for at least two hours or until very cold.

Step 7

To serve, divide the eggnog among four chilled glasses, stir in a dash of brandy or rum, if desired, and top with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

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Sue Lau

Oh have mercy, this is good! I had my concerns with this being a chai spiced recipe without anise included, but the flavor of the cardamom in this is outstanding! Balanced with the other spices, especially the nutmeg, it is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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(2 Jan 2015)


I made this to have with our Christmas dinner and will be having it again at our New Year's party. It was so delicious! I used the powdered cardamom, because that's what I had on hand. I also used rum. So different than other eggnogs, and was an instant favorite with all of us here!

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(30 Dec 2013)