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Rompope – Mexican Eggnog

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Rompope is the Mexican version of eggnog, spiked with rum. This creamy egg based drink is often served during the Christmas season for Las Posadas.  My mom loves Rompope and always made sure to purchase extra bottles for the Holiday season with every trip we made to Mexico.  Mi abuelita loves to sip Rompope on chilly evenings spent chatting on her porch.  It never feels quite like Christmas until we have our first sip of Rompope.


Rompope originated in Puebla, Mexico in the 1600′s at the Convento de Santa Clara.  The nuns prepared Rompope to welcome guests to the convent.  The nuns appealed to the Mother Superior and soon began making Rompope daily. With the rising popularity the nuns began to bottle the Rompope to raise money for the convent.  The love for Rompope quickly spread throughout Mexico with each region creating new variations.  Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, pine nuts, almonds or cinnamon.


In Mexico Rompope is enjoyed throughout the year.  Rompope is drizzled over raspas, made into gelatina, ice cream, paletas or served with fruit.  You can find a pre made mix in your local grocery store, but why bother? This recipe from Fany Gerson is very easy and the results are amazing. Make sure to make an extra batch to add to your next Tres Leches cake. Enjoy!



My mom stashed her Rompope bottles in the kitchen cabinets over the fridge.  When visiting her for Thanksgiving she pulled out a bottle to ask if we wanted a sip.  This is one of Mexico’s most popular brands.  




Rompope Mexican Eggnog

recipe adapted from My Sweet Mexico by Fany Gerson


  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1 (3inch) piece canela
  • 8 egg yolks
  • ½ cup dark rum or brandy
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Combine milk, sugar, baking soda, and canela in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Decrease the heat and cook for 30 minutes at a soft boil; it will reduce to about 3 cups. In a heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs yolks lightly by hand and slowly pour in 1 cup of the hot milk mixture, whisking continuously.
  3. Return the mixture to the pot and cook over low heat, stirring often until the mixture has thickened slightly and resembles the consistency of half- and- half, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and immediately pour into a bowl placed in an ice bath to chill.
  5. Discard the canela and gently whisk in the rum and vanilla.
  6. Chill completely before serving.


Love Fany? We do! Here’s two of our favorite recipes from Fany


Mazapanes de Cacahuate

Ponche Navideno 





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48 Responses to Rompope – Mexican Eggnog

  1. […] mami loves rompope – I mean she is addicted to it, so every year the day after Thanksgiving she begins whipping up […]

  2. I love to hear about how other Latin American countries make special recipes like this their own. Many recipes share a common background and I am fascinated by the similarities. Like this Rompope and the Dominican Christmas Ponche. I linked to your recipe in this post. Thanks! http://hungryfoodlove.com/2012/12/24/ponche-spiked-eggnog/
    Melissa B. { hungryfoodlove } recently posted..Ponche (Spiked Eggnog)My Profile

  3. [...] In México it is known as Rompope, and Vianney from Sweet Life Bake shares an excellent recipe. [...]

  4. [...] But, I’m lucky. Lucky that Stefani was there for me, to help play matchmaker. On the days leading up to the *Noche Buena*, I pitched in the Christmas preparations. Eva’s parents approved of my version of the tamale, and so I was also recruited to make the barbecues, the pierna de cerdo, and my favorite job, taste testing the guaro for the rompope. [...]

  5. [...] music, Las Posadas, tamales, rompope and Christmas cookies is what I look forward to every year.  Days spent in the kitchen with family [...]

  6. [...] seemed like a good occasion to break out the Rompope that I spotted at a grocery store in Nebraska & dangerously transported back to DC in my [...]

  7. Sounds divine – and I am loving that cookbook, My Sweet Mexico
    OysterCulture recently posted..Don’t be Bitter if You Get Amaro for ChristmasMy Profile

  8. I am so looking forward to egg nog this season. Last Year I was pregnant so drinking raw eggs was not a good idea… But I love egg nog. This sounds even better so i’ll make both!

    Thanks for sharing another beautiful flavour of your culture :)
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  9. I can see why this is a favorite. It looks and sounds just perfect for a night like tonight. I’m having a cookie party this weekend, and I will have to give this recipe a try. I’m sure everyone will love it!
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  10. I just bought Fany’s book last week, mainly because I wanted to try this recipe. If I make it, I don’t think I’m going to want to share with Hubby and the rest of the family. :P
    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie recently posted..Simply Irresistible Mexican Hot Chocolate FlanMy Profile

  11. It looks delicious! Very similar to our ponche recipe! Baking soda… I didn’t know it called for some. It must make a big difference in texture and taste.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Mari recently posted..THUMBPRINT COOKIES, Jam Filled Butter CookiesMy Profile

  12. Never had Mexican eggnog…would love to try one too!
    Angie@Angiesrecipes recently posted..Chocolate Peanut Crumble CookiesMy Profile

  13. What a lovely thing this is; Mexican eggnog :) Sounds interesting to me, would love to try some ;)
    Christy recently posted..Chili Con Carne, Pizzas and SatayMy Profile

  14. This is almost to the identical to the egg nog I used to make before we all got terrified of salmonella! Now, I don’t dare use raw egg yolks in anything. Sigh. I can attest that this is incredibly delicious.

  15. Oh this drink looks so enticing and perfect for holiday season with the cinnamon and touch of rum.

  16. OMG, I can just imagine how good this would be formed into paletas. Gotta hunt some down at my local Latin grocery store. ;)
    Carolyn Jung recently posted..Kids’ Dessert Class, “MasterChef” Auditions in San Francisco & MoreMy Profile

  17. I learn about eggnog only quite recently and today another new aspect of eggnog for me – Rompope! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Love the recipe luv for Fany at the end of your post, V! This is one of those recipes that I would LOVE to taste and drink and enjoy – but after reading the ingredients could not. It is so so so rich! But, I think I will make it anyway (wink). I need not tell my guests what is in it. It sounds and looks like heaven.
    :) and thanks for the intro to Fany!
    A Canadian Foodie recently posted..Traditional Christmas CookiesMy Profile

    • Hi Val!! I know super rich, but the Holidays are for treating ourselves, lol!! I owe you a email, sending it soon..Thanks!! I love Fany happy to introduce her to you!!

  19. What a festive drink! It is so much fun to see the traditional Christmas foods and drinks from places I have not visited.
    Kristen recently posted..Biscuits!!My Profile

  20. I have never made eggnog before, but it sounds like fun :) Love the idea of the flavor varieties…pine nuts? :)
    Gorgeous shot!
    Big hugs

  21. great drink and love the image of your Grandma on the porch

  22. I love eggnog during the holidays but have never tried making it myself. This sounds absolutely delicious!
    Susan recently posted..Ruth’s Barbecue ShrimpMy Profile

  23. I think you’re psychic. I got online today intending to find an eggnog recipe, and this sounds amazing! I’m loving the lights in that pic, so pretty with the glass.


  24. What a perfect holiday drink. It really sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  25. I wonder if I can make a sugar-free rompope! In Peru a lot of nuns sell the stuff they make too. Always delicious.

  26. I’m getting ready to make my own Eggnog. Love this version and the history.
    Lea Ann recently posted..Hot and Sour Soup RecipeMy Profile

  27. After reading this, I’m pretty sure the only way to enjoy eggnog is spiked with rum. Also, totally necessary to deal with family holiday functions! :P

  28. Heavenly Housewife

    What a fascinating twist on a classic, love the addition of cinnamon. Sounds like a real treat.
    *kisses* HH
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  29. Hey chica :) Long time no see! Hope life is treating you nice. Been under the radar for a while, but still alive and kicking otherwise.

    I love what you’ve done with your place and that pic of the rompope (how adorable is that name?) is drop dead gorgeous!
    denise fletcher recently posted..kueh keria (malay sweet potato doughnuts)My Profile

  30. I’ve never actually had eggnog before, but this looks so creamy and delicious, I’m interested now! Love the sound of 8 egg yolks too ;) haha….

  31. Muy Bueno Cookbook

    I love eggnog and this recipe sounds so easy and yumsters! I will give this a try. Rompope while decorating the Christmas tree would be perfect.
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  32. I was just talking about this with my family during Thanks giving! so yumm!

  33. I didn’t know there was a Mexican version of eggnog! I’m so intrigued!
    DessertForTwo recently posted..Mud HensMy Profile

  34. Qué delicia!! Me fascina el eggnog!
    Comiendo en LA recently posted..Crepes de ParisMy Profile

  35. Can’t believe I never heard of this. I’ve spent some Christmas’ in Mexico…
    Love your photos Vianney.
    Lori Lynn recently posted..Can Split Pea Soup Ever Be Pretty?My Profile

  36. Rompope, rompope- I love ROMPOPE!!! I haven’t made it in several years, thanks for the recipe I totally have to make it this Christmas!!!!
    lisarenata recently posted..countdown to Christmas: advent calendar roundup and Christmas book listMy Profile

  37. never heard of it but I do love me some eggnog and homemade is always best! Great bottle!
    Bren recently posted..#FlanFridays: Goat Cheese w/Brandy Reduction Sauce. A Beautiful Surprise!My Profile

  38. Hello and wow!
    I love eggnog and would sure love to try this one! Are you sending out samples?? lol J/K

  39. Great way to spice it up!
    Belinda @zomppa recently posted..Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be KosherMy Profile

  40. I want some rompope this holiday! I always say I want eggnog but I don’t like it too strong.
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  41. Absolutely a must try for the holidays, I would love this version with rum, awesome!
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  42. I can use a big mug of that right about now. I’m going to try and make my own this year. Thanks for the recipe.

  43. Yummy! I love homemade eggnog… sooo much better than store bought. And this looks amazing! Love the Mexican twist. Never heard of it but sounds delish!
    Stefanie recently posted..Cream Cheese BiscuitsMy Profile

  44. This is the rompope we make, too! Hubs and I love it…it’s that time again. :)

  45. Looks delicious! Mexican hot chocolate was delicious, so I can only imagine how great this tastes!
    yummychunklet recently posted..Triple Chip CookiesMy Profile

  46. Looks and sounds really good!!!

  47. I’d love to taste that Mexican eggnog!



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