Grandma’s Old Fashioned “Drinking” Custard

Southern Kitchen

Serves: 8

Hands On Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1 quart whole milk

3 large eggs

1/3 cup granulated sugar, more if you like it sweeter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk to a simmer. Whisk together the eggs, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture.

Place the milk-egg mixture in the top of a double boiler over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture slightly thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add vanilla and serve. 


Per serving: 137 calories (percent of calories from fat, 39), 6 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrates, no fiber, 6 grams fat (3 grams saturated), 93 milligrams cholesterol, 219 milligrams sodium.

About the recipe

A drink that is tasty and reminds of our Southern roots. Grandma’s drinking custard is as Southern as it gets. 

Add sherry, bourbon or brandy, if desired. It’s also good as a sauce for poundcake or angel food cake.

Recipe courtesy of Lucy Gay.