Hazelnut Maple Eggnog

I have a favorite cooking blog I’d love to share with you, and it’s mostly because of her talents as a stylist and photographer. (I’m usually all about the food.) Her name is Eva Kosmas Flores, and her blog is Adventures in Cooking. Prepare to be gobsmacked. Her cookbook is First We Eat, published in 2022.

If you follow her blog you’ll get a free, gorgeous e-book of seasonal recipes. Following are some of her photos from the e-book. I had to crop some because they’re screen shots, but you get the idea! Incredible photography.

I’m typically overwhelmed looking at styled food photos, because to me they represent so much patience, and that’s just not me. This young woman is exceptionally talented, yet I never feel like she’s overdoing it, like so many in my opinion. Her work is natural.

Eva has online courses and workshops, and there’s even more to see on her blog than recipes. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, so there’s that… She will even help you with building your business empire. I don’t even have ads on my blog, so that doesn’t interest me, but I have taken an online photography course and she’s really helpful and so creative. What I would need, in an ideal world, is a studio with great lighting, a tripod I can actually figure out, and cameras hanging from the ceiling. That’s not going to happen.

Ms. Flores has hundreds of fabulous recipes on her blog, but I decided to choose one to make from her e-book – Hazelnut Maple Eggnog. No, it’s not Christmas time, but why can’t you have eggnog in the winter?! Plus, it’s nice and warming, with some added hazelnut liqueur. If you’ve never combined hazelnut and maple flavors, run to your kitchen and do so!

A friend of mine from way back, who actually follows my blog (thanks Elena!) had a baby shower for a mutual girlfriend about 37 years ago. She made eggnog from scratch, served in a beautiful punch bowl, and I’ll never forget how delicious it was. And, of course, it tastes nothing like what’s in the carton! So having never made eggnog myself, I wanted to make Eva’s recipe. Below, Candy on the left, I’m in the middle, Elena on the right. Finally I’m not the pregnant one!

Hazelnut Maple Eggnog
Printable recipe below

4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
16 ounces whole milk
8 ounces heavy cream
3 ounces cognac
2 ounces hazelnut liqueur
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of cocoa powder, optional for garnish

Beat the egg whites for one minute, then add them to the blender with the milk, cream, cognac, hazelnut liqueur, and nutmeg.

Beat the yolks and maple syrup at high speed with a whisk attachment until the mixture is very pale and fluffy and thick and a steady ribbon of the mixture flows down from the whisk when it’s lifted from the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Empty the egg yolk mixture into a blender, then blend for 30 seconds.

Garnish with a few pinches of nutmeg and cocoa powder.

Can be served immediately or chilled. I served it at room temperature.

Will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Rest in peace dear, sweet, funny Candy.



By Published On: February 19th, 202440 Comments on Hazelnut Maple Eggnog

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen February 19, 2024 at 7:56 AM - Reply

    Beautiful! You’re right Mimi, why do we only think of this at the holidays?
    Whenever I grate nutmeg, I’m at my mother’s special table at Christmastime. She always made her own eggnog, and it was delicious. Actually, I don’t think it was available commercially way back then, at least not in rural New England! Her version was heavily infused with whiskey or rum!

    • Chef Mimi February 19, 2024 at 8:12 AM - Reply

      I agree, it’s silly not to make during the other winter months than December! I can’t remember when eggnog showed up in cartons!

      • Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen February 19, 2024 at 8:42 AM

        Neither can I. I think because my mom always made hers right up until she was 80, I probably wouldn’t have been looking for it!

      • Chef Mimi February 19, 2024 at 9:21 AM

        Of course not. I might google it for fun.

  2. johnrieber February 19, 2024 at 8:16 AM - Reply

    This looks delicious! I will be sharing this recipe and the link as well – looks great!

    • Chef Mimi February 19, 2024 at 8:31 AM - Reply

      Thanks! It was pretty darn wonderful!

  3. Hannah Kaminsky February 19, 2024 at 8:23 AM - Reply

    I’ve followed Eva for years now and absolutely adore her photos. Her style is so distinctive, with truly immersive sets that tell a full store in a single frame.

    The idea of a hazelnut maple nog is totally my speed, too. Now I want to try this making actual hazelnut milk for the base!

    • Chef Mimi February 19, 2024 at 8:32 AM - Reply

      Ohh, that does sound good! I have no idea how you replace eggs, but you’re the expert! I love Eva.

  4. sherry February 19, 2024 at 7:37 PM - Reply

    I’ve been making eggnog for many years based on a recipe I found when we lived in Philadelphia. It was by Rev. Tallulah! Okay I might be out of turn here so feel free to tell me to mind my own business!!, but just wondering about the photos you have put up? I think that’s breaching copyright if they are another person’s. Sorry to be a pain about this but so many of our friends who are artists have their work copied without permission…

    • Chef Mimi February 20, 2024 at 9:24 AM - Reply

      Well, I’m providing a marketing service for her!

  5. Tandy | Lavender and Lime February 19, 2024 at 9:51 PM - Reply

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. And what a lovely way to celebrate memories of her. I think your photos are amazing. Like you, I don’t have the patience for more than what I do.

    • Chef Mimi February 20, 2024 at 9:24 AM - Reply

      Thank you. At 60 she got lung cancer. Never smoked. So sad.

  6. Bernadette February 20, 2024 at 5:38 AM - Reply

    Thanks for a the heads up on this beautiful book and blog and for sharing your personal story and photo.

    • Chef Mimi February 20, 2024 at 9:25 AM - Reply

      You’re so welcome! Thanks!

  7. Ben | Havocinthekitchen February 20, 2024 at 6:26 AM - Reply

    Mmm – hazelnut liqueur makes such a wonderful addition to eggnog. Beautiful glasses, too.

    • Chef Mimi February 20, 2024 at 9:25 AM - Reply

      I got them on Amazon!!!

  8. Charlie DeSando February 20, 2024 at 7:27 AM - Reply

    I’ve never made eggnog, just drank it with some sort of liquor. Looks like something I should try to do

    • Chef Mimi February 20, 2024 at 9:26 AM - Reply

      You should experience real eggnog once! It’s just so different!

  9. spicedblog February 21, 2024 at 6:40 AM - Reply

    I was lucky enough to meet Eva in person years ago at a blogger event at King Arthur Flour. She is just as amazing in person as you might think! :-) And her photography makes you just stop in the middle of whatever you are doing and just stare. Also, I would love to have cameras from the ceiling, too. I’ve daydreamed about that…but that’s where it stopped. Haha! In other news, I totally agree with you about eggnog. It shouldn’t be confined to just the holidays! The hazelnut + maple twist here sounds absolutely fantastic!

    • Chef Mimi February 21, 2024 at 1:18 PM - Reply

      Oh you’re so lucky! I’ve met a few bloggers, but she is so special. Sounds like we’d both need new houses in order to set up our photography needs!

  10. Ann Coleman February 21, 2024 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    My dad used to love eggnog, but I could never get past the raw eggs…..

    • Chef Mimi February 21, 2024 at 1:19 PM - Reply

      Aww yes, those pesky raw eggs.

  11. Shashi February 21, 2024 at 1:36 PM - Reply

    Thanks so much for introducing me to Eva via your post, her photos are absolutely mesmerizing! And Wow – what a fun spin on eggnog with the maple and hazelnut added in! And heck yes to enjoying eggnog anytime of the year!

    • Chef Mimi February 21, 2024 at 5:19 PM - Reply

      Isn’t she just so talented?!! Mesmerizing is the right word. Enjoy her eggnog!

  12. Debra February 21, 2024 at 7:33 PM - Reply

    Oh Boy! We love a good egg nog, and this recipe is out of this world! And it’s wonderful to be introduced to another interesting blog. Sometimes I just like looking at the photos, whether I ever try a recipe. 😍

    • Chef Mimi February 22, 2024 at 7:08 AM - Reply

      I get that. Especially when the photos are so stunning. Eva’s blog is pretty incredible. She and her husband are building a house now in the Pacific Northwest, and the views are gorgeous.

  13. Jeff the Chef February 22, 2024 at 8:51 AM - Reply

    Uh, love the lipstick shot! I like eggnog, but I’m not the biggest fan of rum, so something with a different alcohol, like this one, might be really nice. Thanks!

    • Chef Mimi February 22, 2024 at 11:33 AM - Reply

      Thanks! For some reason the only liquor I can tolerate in eggnog is courvoisier.

  14. ingoodflavor February 23, 2024 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    Photography is not my strong suit, but I do love looking at beautiful food. I have never had homemade eggnog. I should try it. Yours look easy delightful!

    • Chef Mimi February 23, 2024 at 7:28 AM - Reply

      I think our photography of our food shows the food, and that’s the point. But Eva is an artist. You should definitely try home made eggnog once!

  15. Frank | Memorie di Angelina February 24, 2024 at 9:37 AM - Reply

    I have to agree, eggnog is too tasty to limit to just one time of year! Love the idea of adding a bit of maple syrup to the mix. Not to mention the cognac and hazelnut liqueur… :-)

    • Chef Mimi February 24, 2024 at 11:18 AM - Reply

      I really was impressed with the hazelnut and maple together. Delicious.

  16. nancyc February 24, 2024 at 11:48 AM - Reply

    Wow, the Adventures in Cooking site is great—thanks for sharing about it! The Maple Egg Nog sounds wonderful too! :)

    • Chef Mimi February 24, 2024 at 12:28 PM - Reply

      Yeah, she’s pretty amazing and accomplished!

  17. Roz February 26, 2024 at 10:28 PM - Reply

    Mimi, I’m so sorry about your loss and find this tribute so heart-warming. Eggnog should not be enjoyed only at the holidays since it is such a comforting thing. I wish you peace and joy my blogging friend!

    • Chef Mimi February 27, 2024 at 7:57 AM - Reply

      Thank you Roz.

  18. Raymund February 27, 2024 at 6:41 PM - Reply

    This eggnog recipe sounds like the perfect indulgence for a cozy winter evening, and your reminiscence of a memorable homemade eggnog adds a lovely personal touch.

    • Chef Mimi February 28, 2024 at 2:02 PM - Reply

      Thank you Raymund. Such a nice comment.

  19. David Scott Allen March 1, 2024 at 2:02 PM - Reply

    While I am not an eggnog fan (you know, I pretty much only drink, water, wine, and cocoa), I am definitely going to get her book! Before now, I didn’t even know about her blog. I will definitely check it out…

    • Chef Mimi March 1, 2024 at 7:14 PM - Reply

      Well good luck. I’ve tried to get it with no luck. But I’m going to keep trying. At least check out her blog. There are no words…

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