Brandy Egg Nog Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Brandy Egg Nog cocktail is a classic holiday drink with origins dating back to the 18th century in England. It was traditionally enjoyed by the upper class during festive occasions and has since become a staple at holiday gatherings around the world. The rich, creamy concoction is made with a combination of brandy, eggs, milk, cream, and spices, making it a perfect winter warmer.

  • The drink is believed to have been popularized in the American colonies, where brandy was more readily available.
  • The word 'nog' is thought to have derived from the word 'noggin', a small wooden cup used to serve alcohol.
  • Over time, various regional variations of the drink have emerged, with some recipes calling for the addition of rum or bourbon.

How Brandy Egg Nog Tastes?

The Brandy Egg Nog cocktail is rich, creamy, and velvety with a perfect balance of sweetness and warmth from the brandy. The spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon, add a subtle depth of flavor, making it a comforting and indulgent treat.

Interesting facts about Brandy Egg Nog

  • The Brandy Egg Nog is sometimes referred to as a 'Tom and Jerry', which is a variation of the drink that includes rum and is served warm.
  • In the United States, National Egg Nog Day is celebrated on December 24th.
  • The largest recorded egg nog cocktail was made in 2014, containing over 2,000 gallons of the festive beverage.



Brandy: Typically 2oz is the sweet spot, enough to warm you up but not too strong to overpower the other ingredients. Brandy is our boozy backbone, giving depth and a bit of a kick. Without it, you just have spiced cream. Go with less, and your nog may feel underdressed.

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Eggs: 1 egg is all you need to create that lush, velvety texture. Eggs are the emulsifiers, making the mix smooth and rich. Totally skip it, and the nog will be like a party without music... flat.

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Milk: 4oz strikes the perfect balance between too light and too heavy. It's our liquid canvas mixing with the brandy and eggs to pour out yumminess. No milk? It's like a cake without flour.

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Heavy Cream

Heavy Cream: 2oz gives a luxurious mouthfeel. Think of it as the silk sheets on your nog's bed. Omit this, and you'll get a cocktail that even a monk might find too austere.

Emma Rose


Sugar: 1tbsp to sweeten the deal. It's the friend who brings everyone together at a party—miss it, and you'll notice someone's MIA.

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Nutmeg: 1tsp grates in a bit of holiday cheer. Without it, the nog can be a tad too plain; like wearing socks with sandals, not unforgivable but better with a sprinkle of fashion... I mean flavour!

Mary Mitkina


Cinnamon: 1tsp is the gentle warmth by the fire. If you leave out cinnamon, the drink is like a hug without the squeeze.

Emma Rose


Ice: 1 cup to keep things cool and dilute the mixture to drinking perfection. Without ice, the drink can be too concentrated, like an actor forgetting it's a drama, not a monologue.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Brandy Egg Nog Drink

  1. In a shaker, combine the brandy, egg, sugar, and a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  2. Shake well until the mixture is frothy and well combined.
  3. Fill a glass with ice and strain the mixture over the ice.
  4. In a separate container, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  5. Gently pour the whipped cream over the cocktail, allowing it to float on top.
  6. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh eggs for the best taste and texture.
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • Grate your own nutmeg for the freshest flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Desserts

Pecan pie or apple pie with their rich, sweet flavors can complement the creamy and spiced notes of the Brandy Egg Nog.


A cheeseboard featuring aged cheddar or Gouda can pair nicely, as the nutty flavors of the cheese can enhance the warm spices of the drink.

Savory Snacks

Roasted nuts or caramelized bacon provide a salty contrast that can highlight the cocktail's sweetness and spices.

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What you could change in Brandy Egg Nog

  • Rum or bourbon can be used instead of brandy.
  • Almond milk can be used for a dairy-free version.
  • Stevia can be used as a sugar substitute for a lower-calorie version.

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Bourbon Vanilla Egg Nog

Swap out the brandy for bourbon and add a splash of vanilla extract. The bourbon brings a smoky sweetness, and the vanilla a perfumed richness. It's like our original got a Michelin star.

Ingredients: Bourbon: 2oz, Vanilla Extract: 1/2 tsp Recipe: Same as original but with bourbon and vanilla added.

Chocolate Egg Nog

Who says no to chocolate? Add 1oz of chocolate syrup into the mix. It's a childhood dream with an adult ID. Be ready for a thick, sweet ride down memory lane with a spike of brandy.

Ingredients: Chocolate Syrup: 1oz Recipe: Mix it in with the eggs and sugar before shaking.

Spiced Rum Egg Nog

Take a trip to the tropics by using spiced rum instead of brandy. Add a hint of coconut extract for an island twist. You'll get a nog that's wearing a Hawaiian shirt and sunnies, yet still respects winter traditions.

Ingredients: Spiced Rum: 2oz, Coconut Extract: 1/2 tsp Recipe: Same as original but with spiced rum and a dash of coconut extract.

In case you forgot basics how to make Brandy Egg Nog

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Brandy Egg Nog

Is there a non-alcoholic version of a Brandy Egg Nog?

Yes, non-alcoholic versions of egg nog, often called 'virgin' egg nog, can be made by simply omitting the brandy. You can also add non-alcoholic substitutes for the brandy like apple cider or a non-alcoholic brandy.

What are some popular occasions for serving Brandy Egg Nog?

Brandy Egg Nog is particularly popular during the Christmas holiday season and is often served at holiday parties, family get-togethers, or as a warm drink on a cold winter evening.

Can I pre-make the Brandy Egg Nog and store it?

Yes. You can pre-make Brandy Egg Nog and store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. However, it's recommended to add the whipped cream and spices just before serving.

Is there a vegan version of the Brandy Egg Nog?

Yes, there are indeed vegan versions of an Egg Nog. The eggs, milk, and cream can be replaced with vegan alternatives like almond milk or coconut milk, and a substitute for eggs could be a vegan egg substitute or silken tofu.

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