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How long will home made (cooked) Eggnog last before it spoils?

gae204 | Dec 1, 201002:12 PM


I am going to a Christmas party this weekend and wanted to bring a bottle of home made Eggnog as a gift. I was curious to know how long the batch will last so i can tell the host.

I will very likely follow the Alton Brown recipe:

I have heard dates ranging from 2 days to 1 month. Some people say that cooking the mixture + the alcohol kills all the bacteria which will enhance the shelf life of the product. Is this true? Does cooking or adding alcohol matter at all?

Please let me know if you have any idea about the matter.


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