Lait de poule (recipe)

8 July 2022

Lait de poule | Eggnog

As a comforting drink on cold days, eggnog is becoming a fine tradition to adopt!

The origins of this culinary tradition are often attributed to Europe, but its roots go even deeper. Eggnog is said to derive from a medieval beverage - posset - which was in fact a beer-based drink to which hot milk and sometimes spices and sugar were added.

Did you know? Since its medieval origins, eggnog has been adopted and modified in several countries according to the cultures of the place. Its name is not the same everywhere. Here are some of its names: Advocaat in Belgium, Eggnog in Great Britain and the United States, Eierpunsch in Germany, and Zabaglione in Italy, where it is served as a dessert and not as a beverage.

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The recipe of Lait de poule (serve 6)


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1  cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon , for topping
  • alcohol optional, see note



Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and creamy.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk, nutmeg and salt. Stir often until mixture reaches a bare simmer. 

Add a big spoonful of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Repeat, adding a big spoonful at a time, to temper the eggs. 

Once most of the hot milk has been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the saucepan on the stove. 

Whisk constantly for just a few minutes, until the mixture is just slightly thickened. It will thicken more as it cools.

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, and alcohol*, if using.

Pour the eggnog through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher or other container and cover with plastic wrap. 

Refrigerate until chilled. It will thicken as it cools. If you want a thinner, completely smooth consistency, you can add the entire mixture to a blender with 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk and blend until smooth.

Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, and fresh whipped cream, if desired.

Store homemade eggnog in the fridge for up to one week.

Alcohol: If you want to add alcohol to your eggnog, start with ¼ cup brandy, bourbon, rum or whisky added at the same time as the vanilla, or after cooling the eggnog. 

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