Yule 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 16, 2024


The Yule Nog is a festive twist on the classic eggnog cocktail, incorporating the warmth of bourbon and the sweet touch of butterscotch schnapps. It's a drink that has found its place at holiday gatherings, offering a cozy embrace to those who enjoy the rich traditions of Yuletide cheer.

  • Origins: The origins of eggnog are debated, but it's believed to have evolved from the early medieval British drink called 'posset'.
  • Popularity: It gained popularity in the American colonies, where dairy products and rum were more accessible.
  • Modern Twist: The addition of bourbon and butterscotch schnapps gives the Yule Nog a modern and indulgent edge, perfect for contemporary holiday festivities.

How Yule Nog Tastes?

The Yule Nog offers a creamy and velvety texture with a harmonious blend of sweet and spicy flavors. The bourbon provides a robust and oaky backdrop, while the butterscotch schnapps adds a buttery richness. The eggnog itself is smooth and custardy, with a hint of nutmeg that gives it a traditional holiday aroma and taste.

Interesting facts about Yule Nog

  • The term 'nog' is believed to originate from the word 'noggin', a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol in the 17th century.
  • Eggnog is traditionally consumed throughout Canada and the United States during the holiday season.
  • The addition of bourbon to eggnog is a distinctly American twist, reflecting the country's history of whiskey production.


  • Jim beam bourbon: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Dekuyper buttershots schnapps: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Prepared eggnog: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Fresh ground nutmeg: Garnish

Jim Beam Bourbon

Bourbon is the backbone of this Yule Nog, offering a robust and slightly sweet flavor with notes of vanilla and oak. Jim Beam is a solid choice - it's not overly complex, allowing other flavors to shine through. If you were to swirl the nog without it, you'd be missing a layer of depth and warmth. A good bourbon is to a cocktail what a hearty laugh is to a holiday party - absolutely essential. Alternative: Substitute with another whiskey or even rum for a different yet still warming profile.

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DeKuyper Buttershots Schnapps

Buttershots brings a playful wink of sweetness to the nog, like butterscotch candies sneaking into the mix. Without it, you'd lose that comforting, buttery kick. Life without a little sweetness is like a snowman without a carrot nose - something's just not right. Alternative: Try almond or vanilla liqueur for a different type of sweetness.

Alex Green

Prepared Eggnog

Eggnog is the creamy soul of this concoction, wrapping all the flavors in a velvety holiday hug. If the ratio is too low, you might as well be sipping straight bourbon (not that there's anything wrong with that). Too much, and it's kiddie cocktails at grandma's again. Balance is key, just like not toppling over while ice skating. Alternative: Homemade eggnog can be used for a richer, more authentic flavor.

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Fresh Ground Nutmeg

Think of nutmeg as the final snowflake on a winter's eve - it's the small touch that makes a significant impact. Without this garnish, you lose a quintessential holiday aroma and the spicy-sweet taste that makes each sip feel like a carol in a glass. Alternative: Cinnamon can be used, but it's like swapping out reindeer for horses - similar, yet not quite the magic of Christmas Eve.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Yule Nog Drink

  1. Chill the Glass: Start by chilling a cocktail glass in the freezer.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a shaker, combine 2 oz of Jim Beam Bourbon, 1 oz of DeKuyper Buttershots Schnapps, and 4 oz of prepared eggnog.
  3. Shake: Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  4. Strain: Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish: Grate fresh nutmeg over the top for a festive garnish.

Pro Tips

  • Temperature: Serve the Yule Nog cold; it enhances the flavors and the overall experience.
  • Fresh Nutmeg: Always use fresh ground nutmeg for the best aroma and taste.
  • Eggnog Quality: Use a high-quality eggnog or make your own for a truly decadent cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


A Yule Nog cocktail is rich and festive, making it a perfect companion to traditional holiday sweets. Popular pairings include:

  • Christmas Cookies: Think gingerbread or sugar cookies, which complement the spicy nutmeg and sweet butterscotch flavors.
  • Fruitcake or Stollen: Heavier, spiced breads like fruitcake or stollen will hold up well against the creaminess of the eggnog.

Savory Bites

The sweetness of Yule Nog can be a delightful contrast to savory holiday snacks:

  • Roasted Nuts: Almonds or pecans provide a nice textural contrast and nuttiness to counterbalance the sweet cocktail.
  • Cheese Plate: A plate of aged cheeses such as cheddar, gouda, or brie pairs beautifully with the bourbon’s depth and eggnog's richness.

After-Dinner Drinks

Cap off your meal with this cocktail as a decadent standalone dessert, or accompany it with:

  • Coffee or Espresso: A strong, black coffee or espresso can cut through the sweetness and cleanse the palate.
  • Spiced Tea: A cinnamon or chai spiced tea would harmonize wonderfully with the cocktail's flavors.

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What you could change in Yule Nog

  • Bourbon: If Jim Beam isn't available, any good quality bourbon like Maker's Mark or Buffalo Trace can be used.
  • Buttershots Schnapps: In absence of DeKuyper, try using another brand of butterscotch schnapps or butterscotch liqueur.
  • Eggnog: Homemade eggnog can be substituted for a richer and more personalized flavor.

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Maple Yule Nog

  • Substitute 1/2 oz of bourbon with maple syrup.
  • The maple will add a woody, autumnal sweetness that pairs remarkably well with the bourbon and eggnog. This variant is like draping your cocktail in a cozy flannel blanket. You'll get an additional layer of Canadian cheer in each sip, eh?

Spiced Yule Nog

  • Add a dash of cinnamon and clove spice.
  • These spices will add a fiery kick to the eggnog, turning up the holiday heat. It's like your nog went on a quick vacation to the Spice Islands and brought back souvenirs. The drink will be more aromatic, and each sip will feel like a warm fireplace gathering.

Chocolate Yule Nog

  • Mix in 1 oz chocolate liqueur.
  • Chocolate will make the nog richer and add a luxurious element. It's essentially like turning your cocktail into a liquid dessert. This twist is perfect for chocoholics looking to indulge in some extra Yuletide decadence.

In case you forgot basics how to make Yule 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 Yule Nog

Can the Yule Nog be made non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version by substituting the bourbon and butterscotch schnapps with non-alcoholic spirits or syrups that mimic the flavors.

What is the best way to store leftover eggnog?

Leftover eggnog should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consumed within a few days.

Is Yule Nog gluten-free?

Yule Nog can be gluten-free if the ingredients used, such as the bourbon and butterscotch schnapps, are certified gluten-free. Always check the labels if you have a gluten intolerance.

What kind of glass is recommended for serving the Yule Nog?

The Yule Nog is traditionally served in a cocktail or highball glass, but during the holidays, it can also be presented in a decorative mug or glass to enhance the festive experience.

How can I add a creative twist to the Yule Nog presentation?

Consider serving the Yule Nog with a cinnamon stick garnish or rimming the glass with a mixture of sugar and ground nutmeg to add a decorative and flavorful touch.

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