Thank Heavens for Bert and Her (his?) Eggnog

Let the sipping begin!

It’s time for the annual eggnog recipe post.

Eggnog photograph by Erica Lea

Photography ©Erica Lea. Used with permission. Please click on image to see Erica’s other work.

My brother called me 2 days ago. He told me he had been wondering if he could find our Bert’s Eggnog recipe online. When he looked, darnit if this blog wasn’t the first thing that came up! He had no idea I had been sharing this treasure with my readers for all of these years.

My brother-in-law calls every year to ask where he can find the eggnog recipe. Every year, we give him this blog URL.

The Story of Bert’s Eggnog

This recipe is for neither the faint of heart nor those who aren’t willing to make the effort. It’s a lot of work, but you’ll be rewarded in the end. Even people who think they don’t like eggnog fall in love with this sinfully delicious concoction.

My mother first made Bert’s Eggnog in 1959, the year she and Dad were married. But my Uncle Charlie had been making it for years.

No one knows who Bert is! Mom looked up the original recipe in Aunt Susan’s How-To Cookbook (1951) and it doesn’t give a clue.

This recipe has been a part of my Christmases for at least 25 years. We started making it in Crested Butte, Colorado and always on Christmas Eve.

After the batch was whipped up, we put it out in the snow overnight. The icy snow makes the nog thicken and the flavors are just that much better in the morning. If you don’t have snow or cold weather, I might suggest a few hours in the freezer.

Looks like we’ll have a snow bank for our batch this year.

Christmas morning just isn’t Christmas without Bert’s Eggnog. It’s a nice excuse for an afternoon nap, too!

Download the recipe here.


Are you a part of the Bert’s Eggnog fan club? Have you made this recipe since I first posted it in 2005?

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Say a word of gratitude to Bert – whoever she/he is.


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