How to Make Homemade Advocaat – Traditional Dutch Egg Liqueur Recipe

How to Make Homemade Advocaat - Traditional Dutch Egg Liqueur Recipe

Indulge in the rich, creamy goodness of homemade advocaat, a traditional Dutch liqueur that’s perfect for the holidays.

Advocaat, often called ‘Dutch eggnog,’ is a luxurious brandy-based custard with a velvety texture and deep, complex flavors. This homemade version surpasses any store-bought variety, allowing you to craft a personalized holiday treat that’s sure to impress.

Growing up with Dutch influences, I discovered the magic of advocaat later in life. Now, it’s become a cherished part of my holiday traditions. The beauty of making it yourself lies in the ability to control the ingredients and customize the flavors to your liking.

The Appeal of Homemade Advocaat

While commercial brands like Bols and Warninks are available, nothing beats the taste and satisfaction of homemade advocaat. Here’s why you should try making it yourself:

  • Fresh, high-quality ingredients
  • Customizable flavors
  • No artificial preservatives
  • Perfect for gifting
  • Cost-effective

This recipe uses a blend of brandy and vodka, but feel free to experiment with other spirits like whiskey or rum. The possibilities for personalization are endless!

Serving Suggestions

Advocaat is versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways:

  • Chilled in a small glass with a dollop of whipped cream
  • Warm, mixed with coffee for a cozy treat
  • In a ‘Snowball’ cocktail: mix 1 part advocaat with 3 parts sparkling lemonade over ice
  • As a decadent topping for desserts like ice cream or cake

Get creative and discover your favorite way to savor this Dutch delicacy!

Homemade Advocaat Recipe


  • 10 fresh egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Set up a double boiler by filling a medium saucepan with 1 inch of water. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce to low.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, salt, sugar, and cinnamon until the sugar dissolves and the mixture forms pale yellow ribbons (about 4 minutes).
  3. While continuously whisking, slowly pour in the brandy and vodka.
  4. Place the bowl over the simmering water and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 8 minutes). The mixture should reach at least 130°F (54°C) if using a thermometer.
  5. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
  6. Pour the advocaat into a sealable glass container and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.


Keep your homemade advocaat in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

For food safety, consider using pasteurized eggs if you’re concerned about salmonella. Feel free to adjust the spirits to your preference, using all brandy, all vodka, or even experimenting with whiskey or rum.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
643 Calories
13g Fat
68g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 643
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 511mg 170%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 67g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 183mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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