Dozen Days of Nog: Eggnog with Saffron and Rosewater

Share these special holiday moments with an extra-special eggnog recipe. This Eggnog with Saffron and Rosewater tastes just like decadent Persian ice cream!Sponsored by Davidsons Safest Choice Eggs™.

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The holiday season is upon us and every moment is extra special. I always try to take a step back from the mayhem to relish in the happy noise and chaos that fills my house. The Professor is in 8th grade, with high school looming in the future. I hold this growing giant tightly and recall Christmas memories. Like when he was barely 2 years old and he burst into tears of terror thinking some big fat man in a red suit was going to be in his house while he slept. He now winks and smiles at me when there is talk about Santa around the younger siblings. I just want to hold on to the magic a little longer.

Our Christmas tree is filled with these magical memories. There are ornaments made during preschool days through today. Lots of tiny treasures with their young faces or handprints blazed across the front. I used to have visions of a magazine cover Christmas tree where everything matched. But after collecting these lovelies for the past 13 years, I love my bohemian collection of mismatched madness.

During the holidays, around the world we collectively cherish our loved ones, help those in need and pass on traditions and customs to the next generation. I am not a Christian, but I adore the spirit of the holidays this time of year.

Persian Eggnog with Saffron and Rosewater by

Weaving Persian culture and flavor into Western traditions is one of my passions. I want to show my children to not only remember where their family came from, but to also love and respect where they are now. In a way, this eggnog recipe is a prime example of what I believe in.

Eggnog is a traditionally Western concoction, believed to have originated in England. I added a bit of Persian twist with my eggnog. Well, my inspiration came from my husband who suggested this! This Eggnog with Saffron and Rosewater tastes just like melted Persian ice cream.

Two cultures merged into one. It’s a beautiful thing.

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For the past two years I have been a brand ambassador for Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs. I am thrilled to be working for such a wonderful company and promoting an equally wonderful product. With pasteurized eggs, you do not have to worry about salmonella poisoning, and you can enjoy homemade egg nog safely. Last year I made Chocolate Egg Nog, and this year I am sharing Eggnog with Saffron and Rosewater.

Egg Nog with Saffron and Rosewater

Try something new this holiday season with a Persian inspired egg nog. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1/4 tsp saffron, crushed
  • 1 TBS water, hot
  • 4 eggs, pasteurized
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk, whole
  • 2/3 cup brandy
  • 2 tsp rose water
  • 3 TBS pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed rose petals, dried


  1. In a small bowl, combine and reserve:
    • 1/4 tsp saffron , crushed
    • 1 TBS water , hot
  2. Separate yolks and whites from:
    • 4 eggs, pasteurized
  3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat egg yolks until pale yellow and thick with:
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. Stir in with the egg yolk mixture:
    • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup milk, whole
    • 2/3 cup brandy
    • 2 tsp rose water
  5. Add saffron water to the cream mixture.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Stir egg whites into the cream mixture.
  7. Chill egg nog until ready to serve.
  8. Garnish glasses of egg nog with:
    • 3 TBS pistachios , finely chopped
    • 1 tsp crushed rose petals, dried

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 6


Come celebrate everything about egg nog and join Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs for their Dozen Days of Nog Facebook event. Answer a question a day about baking, holiday prep, eggnog, and more—you can also add your tips and advice. Share your recipe to the event page and it could be added to the Recipe Center!

Disclosure: As I am part of the Darling Dozen, I did receive a stipend from Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs™ to develop an egg nog recipe using their product. The story I have written is all true, and the opinions are truly mine. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it.

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7 Responses to Dozen Days of Nog: Eggnog with Saffron and Rosewater

  1. What a great variation on eggnog! Such delicate flavors 🙂

  2. Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season – love your spirit and sentiment.

  3. Oooh, melted Persian ice cream does sound interesting. I think it’s great you’re keeping the cultures alive. This eggnog looks so good!

  4. Carla at #

    I’m very intrigued by this recipe as I never would’ve dreamt up saffron and rosewater together with eggnog. If I get my hand on some rosewater, I may try this.

  5. Soureh Sedigh at #

    You come up with the most creative ideas…Eggnog with saffron and rosewater sounds heavenly…


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