Eggnog 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


Eggnog, a rich and creamy holiday drink, has its roots in medieval Britain. Originally made with a mixture of milk, eggs, and sherry, it was often consumed by the upper class. Over time, the drink made its way to the American colonies, where it became a popular beverage during the winter months. Today, eggnog is enjoyed by people around the world during the holiday season.

How Eggnog Tastes?

Eggnog is a sweet, creamy, and rich drink with a velvety texture. It has a subtle hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, giving it a warm and comforting flavor. The drink is mildly boozy, with a smooth and gentle finish.

Interesting facts about Eggnog

  • Eggnog is often associated with the holiday season, particularly Christmas and New Year's Eve.
  • The name 'eggnog' is believed to be derived from the word 'noggin', a small wooden cup used to serve alcohol in the past.
  • George Washington, the first President of the United States, was known to have his own recipe for eggnog.


Whole milk

Whole milk provides a rich and creamy base for eggnog. Too little and your eggnog might taste too boozy or thin; too much could make it too bland. Milk is where the magic begins!

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Heavy cream

Adding heavy cream is like giving your eggnog a diploma from Cream University—extra richness and luxurious mouthfeel. Skimp on the cream, and you're cheating yourself out of decadence. Too much, and you've got a dairy-fest on your hands!

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Eggs are the muscle that pulls it all together—six to be exact. More could make it too thick, less and it won't have the structure. They emulsify the concoction into silky smoothness. Ditch the eggs, and you have sweet milk. These aren't just any eggs; they're the main act!

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Ahh, sugar—3/4 cup to make everything nice. Less sugar, you might pucker up; more, and you're in a sweet swamp. Sugar balances the flavors and gives energy to enjoy the holiday cheer. Sweeten the deal, but don't sugarcoat it.

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Nutmeg, the spice of life, or at least of eggnog. Half a teaspoon to sprinkle in holiday spirit. Not enough nutmeg, and it's like receiving socks for Christmas; too much, and you're in a yule-tide sneeze-fest. It's the dash that makes the splash!

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Cinnamon strolls in with a quarter teaspoon to add warmth and depth. Leave it out, and the eggnog might just give you the cold shoulder. Cinnamon—a spice worth taking a chance on.

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Finally, bourbon—one whole cup to marry everything in boozy bliss. No bourbon, and you just have a fancy custard drink; too much, and you might forget the holidays altogether. It's the spirit that lifts spirits!

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Recipe. How to make Eggnog Drink

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the milk, cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is steaming but not boiling.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.
  4. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the bourbon.
  6. Chill the eggnog in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until cold.
  7. Serve in a glass, garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg or a cinnamon stick.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh nutmeg for the best flavor. Pre-ground nutmeg can lose its flavor over time.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the bourbon.
  • Chill the eggnog for at least 2 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

Perfect Pairings


  • Gingerbread cookies: The spices in the cookie complement the nutmeg and cinnamon in the eggnog.
  • Vanilla pound cake: A simple cake allows the complex flavors of the eggnog to stand out.
  • Pecan pie: The rich and nutty characteristics of the pie pair nicely with the creamy texture of the eggnog.


  • Roasted nuts: Especially almonds or pecans that highlight eggnog's nutty undertones.
  • Dark chocolate: A piece with high cocoa content can cut through the richness of the eggnog.


  • Coffee or Espresso: Serve a small cup as a contrasting beverage to cleanse the palate.
  • Port or Sherry: For those who love a double hit of alcohol, a sweet port or sherry can be a nice companion.

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What you could change in Eggnog

  • Whole milk can be substituted with almond milk or soy milk for a dairy-free version.
  • Bourbon can be replaced with rum or brandy.
  • Sugar can be replaced with a sugar substitute like stevia for a lower-calorie version.

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Chocolate Eggnog

  • Add 1/2 cup of quality cocoa powder into the milk mixture during step 1.
  • Expect a richer, chocolaty twist that makes the already indulgent eggnog a chocolate lover's dream.
  • Perfect for those who believe there's no such thing as too much chocolate during the holidays.

Spiced Eggnog

  • Use spiced rum instead of bourbon.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of allspice to the spice mix.
  • This variation adds a more complex spice profile, giving every sip a hint of Caribbean warmth and holiday cheer.

Pumpkin Eggnog

  • Stir in 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin during step 4.
  • Increase sugar to 1 cup and add 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
  • This twist combines the rich creaminess of eggnog with the classic autumnal flavor of pumpkin spice. A delightful merger that can extend the holiday season right through fall.

Vegan Eggnog

  • Substitute whole milk and heavy cream with coconut milk and almond milk in equal proportions.
  • Use 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup instead of sugar and 6 tablespoons of chickpea brine (aquafaba) as an egg substitute.
  • Expect a dairy-free, egg-free eggnog alternative that keeps the spirit of the traditional recipe alive. Perfect for vegans and those with dietary restrictions.

Iced Eggnog

  • Mix the cooked and chilled eggnog with crushed ice in a blender until frothy.
  • Serve in a chilled glass with a dash of nutmeg on top.
  • This cold and refreshing version is ideal for those in warmer climates who want to enjoy eggnog without the wintry feel.

In case you forgot basics how to make Eggnog

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Eggnog

What kind of occasions is eggnog best for?

Eggnog is traditionally associated with the holiday season, especially Christmas and New Year's Eve. However, it can be enjoyed at any time during the winter, or even year round, as a comforting, creamy beverage.

Can I make eggnog without eggs?

Traditional eggnog is made with eggs, however, there are recipes available for vegan or egg-free eggnog. They typically use plant based ingredients such as almond milk and coconut cream to achieve a similar texture and flavor.

How long does homemade eggnog last?

Homemade eggnog, if stored properly in the refrigerator, can last up to 2-3 days. If the eggnog contains alcohol, it can extend the shelf life, allowing it to last up to a week.

Is eggnog safe to drink with raw eggs?

In traditional eggnog recipes, the eggs are tempered by the hot milk and cream mixture, which cooks them to a safe temperature. However, if you're concerned about consuming raw eggs, you can also use pasteurized eggs.

Can I use other spices in eggnog?

While nutmeg and cinnamon are traditional in eggnog, you can certainly add other spices to suit your personal taste. Cloves, allspice, or even a pinch of cardamom could add an interesting twist.

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