How to make the German version of egg nog

No Christmas or Easter in Germany is complete without indulging in Eqq Liquor or Eierlikör. Homemade Egg Liquor is a cinch to make so why not try your hand at making your own version?

How to make the German version of egg nog
Photo: Lora Wiley-Lennarz

A bottle of homemade egg liquor is a multi-tasker. Serve it straight up or use as a baking ingredient in homemade cakes, custards and tortes. Fashion creative cocktail and mixed drinks using egg liquor as a base.

Below is a basic eqq liquor recipe and fun flavour twists to add to a homemade version. All use rum. However, feel free to swap out the rum for your favourite bourbon, cognac or whiskey.

For an alcohol-free version, similar to traditional egg nog, simply omit the rum.

Basic German Egg Liquor Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10

Yield: Makes about 1 litre

Use white rum in the recipe for an Easter time version. At Christmas time, switch up the rum to a dark variety and add a few pinches of ground nutmeg.


▪ 1  vanilla bean pod

     OR  1/4 t vanilla bean paste

▪ 6 large egg yolks

▪ 187 g powdered sugar

▪ 355 ml sweetened condensed milk

▪ 240 ml rum


▪ Use a small sharp knife to slit the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the vanilla beans.

▪ Place the vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste, the egg yolks and the powdered sugar in a stand mixer. Alternately, place the ingredients in a bowl and use a hand mixer. Either appliance should be fitted with the whisk attachment.

▪ Beat the ingredients until creamy, about 5 minutes.

▪ Add the condensed milk and rum and beat until combined.

▪ Transfer the mixture to a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, place a smaller saucepan inside a slightly larger one that is filled with one inch of water. Place the mixture in the smaller pan to heat. 

▪ Beat the mixture over medium to low heat with a whisk attachment until thick and creamy. About 6-8 minutes. Be careful not to let the mixture boil. 

▪ Transfer the egg liquor to a bottle, seal and place in the refrigerator until ready to drink. 

Photo: Lora Wiley-Lennarz

Fun & Easy Flavour Twists on Homemade Egg Liquor

Lekkuchen or Gingerbread Egg Liquor:

Add 1 tablespoon of Lebkuchen spice to the mixture before heating. Use more for a more intense Lebkuchen flavour.  Whisk together 1 tablespoon Lebkuchen spice and 1 tablespoon of white granulated sugar. Rim the glasses with the ginger sugar. Additionally, sprinkle a pinch of Lebkuchen spice over the tops of the drinks after pouring.

Ginger Egg Liquor:

Add a tablespoon of ground ginger to the mixture before heating. Then add 2-3 tablespoons of crystallized ginger to the egg liquor as a last step before cooling. Whisk together 1 tablespoon ground ginger and 1 tablespoon of white granulated sugar. Rim the glasses with the ginger sugar. Additionally, sprinkle a pinch of ground ginger powder over the tops of the drinks after pouring.

Matcha Egg Liquor:

Add 1 tablespoon of Matcha powder to the mixture before heating. Sprinkle a pinch of Matcha powder over the tops of the drinks after pouring.

Amaretto Egg Liquor:

Swap out the rum for and equal amount of Amaretto. Rim glasses with almond flour or sprinkle pinches of almond flour over the tops of the drinks after pouring.

Pomegranate Egg Liquor:

For the alcohol ingredients, use 177ml of white rum and 60ml of grenadine. Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils when serving.

Lora Wiley-Lennartz is an Emmy nominated television producer and a food/destination blogger who splits her time between Germany and New York City. Read her blog Diary of a Mad Hausfrau or follow her on Facebook for traditional German recipes with a twist.

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German Christmas market closures ‘can’t be ruled out’: health expert

As Germany battles a fierce Covid wave, concerns are growing over events, with one health expert saying closures of the country's beloved Christmas markets can't be ruled out.

Revellers enjoy mulled wine at the 'Santa Pauli' Christmas market in Hamburg on November 15th.
Revellers enjoy mulled wine at the 'Santa Pauli' Christmas market in Hamburg on November 15th. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marcus Brandt

Martina Wenker, president of the Lower Saxony Medical Association, said she believed Christmas markets may have to be cancelled if the Covid-19 situation gets worse in Germany. 

“Depending on the regional incidence situation, closures should not be ruled out in extreme cases,” Wenker told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

“We can’t stand by and celebrate while next door in the hospitals, planned operations have to be postponed frequently, corona patients are dying, and staff in practices and clinics are at their limits.”

Wenker said regional leaders allowed the opening of Christmas markets on the basis that the Covid situation was moderate.

“But if we reach higher levels of escalation, we will have to consider whether Christmas markets are still justifiable,” she said.

Germany on Tuesday reported 32,048 Covid infections within 24 hours and 265 Covid-related deaths. The 7-day incidence increased to 312.4 Covid cases per 100,000 residents. 

READ ALSO: Germany’s Covid incidence tops 300 for first time

‘Maximum safety’

Bavarian state premier Markus Söder said on Monday that he wanted to ensure there was “maximum safety” around Christmas markets.

He said it will be among the topics discussed at the Covid crisis talks between the federal government and state leaders this Thursday. 

In general, Söder said mask requirements should remain at Christmas markets as well as distance rules and other protection measures. 

In an interview with broadcaster Bayern3, Söder explained that so far there is no legal framework for Bavaria to cancel Christmas markets. “At the moment, we cannot legally order it,” he said.

Some Christmas markets, which have recently opened to the public, are already enforcing strict rules such as excluding the unvaccinated from entry, or not serving alcohol to people unless they can show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid. 



Christmas market – (der) Weihnachtsmarkt

Celebrate – feiern

Planned operations/procedures – geplante Eingriffe 

Postponed – verschoben

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