Harry Potter Series · Rowling

Hagrid’s Eggnog

Author: Rowling, J.K.
Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Difficulty rating: Green Eggs and Ham
Deliciousness rating: Outstanding

Eggnog Toast
Dumbledore led them in a few of his favourite carols, Hagrid booming more and more loudly with every goblet of eggnog he consumed. (Book 1: UK 159, US 212)

Did it measure up?
Miko: Ooh, aged eggnog is delightful. I had never had it before, and I expected it to be overwhelmingly boozy. Not at all — it was lovely to sip slowly. This recipe ended up making three bottles, one of which I took to a white elephant party, where it got rave reviews. I might make this every year to give away as presents.

Jenne: The recipe really sounds terrifying but the result is totally delightful! Make sure to drink a lot of water with it though, or you’ll end up with a vicious hangover.

From Alton Brown’s Aged Eggnog Recipe

For our own peace of mind, we made sure to get the best eggs and dairy products we could find.

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 pound sugar
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 1 pint whole milk
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 cup rum
  • 1 cup cognac
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (plus more for serving)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Edible gold stars


1. Separate the eggs and store the whites away.

This many eggs. Really.

2. Beat the yolks, sugar, and nutmeg in a large bowl. The mixture will get lighter in color and “fall off the whisk in a solid ribbon.”

We tried to get a picture of the “ribbon”…

3. Put the dairy products, liquor, and salt in a second bowl/pitcher and slowly beat into the egg mixture.

Best Half and Half

Milk and Booze
Yes, really.

4. Move to a large glass jar (or a couple of smaller ones) and store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 weeks. A month would be better, and two better still. In fact, there’s nothing that says you couldn’t age it a year, if you’re able to wait that long. (And yes, you can also drink it right away.)


5. Serve in mugs or cups topped with a little extra nutmeg grated right on top. Or edible gold stars! So festive.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. London: Bloomsbury, 1997.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1997.

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