Picture this: you’re surrounded by your friends and loved ones and have got your presents, food, and holiday plans all wrapped up in a big red bow. However, it still feels like something is missing.
While we wouldn’t trade time spent with our loved ones for anything, there will undoubtedly come a time when you will need to put yourself first… The simplest way to do that? A little bit of TLC in the form of a delicious eggnog cocktail.
With the right mix of sweetness and booze, a glass of chilled eggnog is a cherished holiday drink. But there’s far more to this classic drink than meets the eye.
As a result, it pairs well with a whole host of strange and unusual flavors you may not have thought of that will make your palate dance with joy.
If you’re ready for a new drink to get you in the festive spirit (it is Christmas, after all!) then we’ve got the solution for you! Here are some of our favorite eggnog cocktails you need to try this holiday season.
We’d like to begin this list with a holiday drink fit for royalty. A white Christmas eggnog cocktail pairs many different ingredients together into a luscious blend.
Picture the velvety taste and texture of white chocolate liqueur and southern comfort with tasty premade eggnog – and you get this divine holiday drink.
This bourbon eggnog is packed with layers of flavor. It uses three tasty layers and a heart combination of cognac, whiskey, and orange liquor to create a drink that truly stands out from the pack.
The combination of alcohol creates a strong foundation for season spices. It’s brilliant for intimate parties and can even be prepared the night before.
Want all the lusciousness of eggnog but with a little extra kick courtesy of Amaretto liqueur?
This is the perfect cocktail for you! Holiday spiked eggnog is a dairy-free alternative to a traditional eggnog cocktail. It is topped off with cinnamon and nutmeg to add a delightful bit of flair and spice to your holiday season.
This recipe is the amalgamation of all your holiday dreams! This is one of the more complex drinks on this list yet it still only takes around 5 minutes to make.
It features quite a few different ingredients and is garnished with chocolate shavings to increase its visual appeal. Feel free to add a candy cane for a little extra holiday flair.
Watch out, there’s a new eggnog favorite about! The Mrs. Claus cocktail offers all of the goodness of eggnog but with the delicious addition of both peppermint Schnapps and white chocolate liqueur.
While this mixture seems a little out of place, these ingredients truly take the traditional holiday drink to an entirely new (and extremely velvety) level. What’s not to love?
An eggnog mudslide cocktail just screams “Christmas cheer!” This take on the eggnog mudslide is sharp yet sweet thanks to the contrast between the vodka, Kahlua, and whipped cream. The result?
A surprisingly delicious cocktail that is very easy on the palate. When it comes to this classic, think of dessert in a glass but with the added benefit of alcohol.
When you think of adding alcohol to eggnog, you’re likely thinking of brandy, whiskey, or Bailey’s. But another serious contender is a delicious mix of vodka and amaretto blended with store-bought eggnog (yes, it’s that easy!)
Topped with cinnamon and nutmeg, this creamy blend will tantalize your taste buds without much effort and is all but guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
The creamy liqueur known as RumChata includes cinnamon, rum, sugar, vanilla, and many other complementary flavors. In summary, it’s the textbook definition of a perfect holiday drink!
All you need to make this cocktail is RumChata, garnish including ground nutmeg and whipped cream, and your favorite eggnog mix. It’ll take little to no time at all!
A brandy eggnog cocktail is an excellent option if you don’t want to spend much time making a drink. The real secret to great-tasting eggnog is quality ingredients.
Though this drink features only a classic brandy base and the addition of three simple ingredients, it’s a tried and true recipe among bartenders and holiday enthusiasts everywhere.
The gingerbread eggnog cocktail is packed full of enough delightful ingredients and flavors to convert even the biggest eggnog hater in the room.
With the addition of molasses and ginger in addition to seasonal spices, this eggnog drink gives you the classic gingerbread taste that we all know and love. If you want a non-alcoholic drink, leave the rum.
If you’re searching for an easy-to-make winter cocktail for your holiday party, this gem is a must-try!
All you need to create this sharper cocktail is Kahlua, peppermint vodka, and your favorite eggnog. Pour over some ice, stir, and serve to your guests. You can dress this cocktail up with a candy cane for an extra festive pop!
For those with a preference for a much stronger holiday drink, this eggnog-based cocktail is perfect for you.
It features both bourbon (or dark rum) and cognac which guarantees an intense flavor – even with the addition of sweeteners like vanilla, nutmeg, and the eggnog itself. The key is balancing the flavors with quality eggnog.
13. Keto Eggnog
If you want all the holiday fun but without the sugar, this keto eggnog cocktail is a great option!
The recipe uses unsweetened almond milk and two sugar-free sweeteners. Heavy cream is keto and it’s included in this beverage to guarantee a delicious, creamy drink in every single sip that you take.
Beyond its innately holiday taste, this recipe is extremely easy to make. The only required ingredients are eggnog, vodka, crushed candy canes to garnish, and a little bit of honey.
Surprisingly, the sweetness of this drink is not too overpowering, nor is the vodka too prominent. All in all, the flavors complement each other perfectly.
This Puerto Rican rum eggnog cocktail has some delectably rich and creamy flavors that you’ll surely want to try this holiday season.
With the festive season just around the corner, what taste could be better than a coconut-based eggnog alcoholic drink?
Instead of eggs, this recipe focuses on the traditional flavors of coconut and rum. You can opt for spiced rum for a warmer, more intense kick. This drink is best served chilled.
Often referred to simply as Dutch eggnog or “advocaat of the devil,” Dutch advocaat provides a similar flavor yet is much thicker and richer than your typical glass of eggnog. So much so that you must eat it with a spoon!
The flavors of cognac and brandy mix well with the sweetness of the sugar and whipped cream to form a beautiful holiday cocktail.
For something a bit different from the other options on this list, you should give this rum and eggnog latte a taste.
This recipe will give you a caffeine boost and an alcohol buzz all at once thanks to the coffee and rum ingredients. Yet it is the inclusion of smooth eggnog that makes this drink so well-matched to the holiday season.
18. Rompope Eggnog
For a Mexican take on holiday eggnog, look no further than the delightful taste of rompope.
This old-fashioned egg punch offers a mix of blanched almonds (for a hint of nuttiness), egg yolks, and sweet and spiced warm milk stirred with some rum.
The result is a decadent holiday party drink that you and any guests will adore!
19. Fireball Eggnog
If you’re a cinnamon lover, you will adore the taste of this fiery eggnog!
Made using amaretto, a cinnamon-flavored whiskey liqueur, pre-made eggnog, and a whole lot of holiday-inspired garnish, this is truly a drink to remember.
Add the cinnamon-sugar rim for a little extra sweetness to prevent the alcohol flavors from becoming too overwhelming.
This drink isn’t necessarily a cocktail, but we just had to include it on this list! You can turn to this delicious eggnog punch recipe when you want to serve your eggnog on the warm side.
This particular drink is pretty common in American bars during the holidays despite not inherently being an alcoholic drink, but you can add your favorite holiday spirits to dress the flavors up or down.
As Trinidad’s traditional Christmas morning drink, Ponche-de-Creme can provide a real kick – as long as you use the perfect amount of rum, of course.
This Caribbean-inspired cocktail features lots of dark rum and gets an intriguing flavor kick from the grated lime zest.
Mix up the flavor a day in advance to allow everything to develop and you (and any guests) will fall in love with this drink.
There’s nothing quite like a sweet seasonal alcoholic drink. But this one takes the cake. White chocolate, alcohol, and eggnog? What a winning combination!
A nice chilled glass of white chocolate bourbon eggnog has all the fun holiday flavors like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg but with a little twist.
The creaminess of the eggnog is spiked by the delightful caramel notes of a quality bourbon whiskey (trust us, it makes all the difference!)
We’re once again deviating from the idea of an eggnog cocktail with this drink. These milkshakes are a super delicious twist on the traditional eggnog drink but without going too over the top with the sweetness or the rum.
Add a splash of rum to a blended mix of eggnog, ice cubes, and bananas and you’ll achieve this sought-after flavor in no time at all!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Best Alcohol To Mix With Eggnog?
The majority of eggnog-based cocktails are typically made with any combination of bourbon, brandy, or rum. But nothing is stopping you from opting for cognac or dark rum if that is what you prefer (see also ‘Dark Rum Cocktails: 16 Of The Best‘).
Just remember that a higher alcohol level will cut through the sweetness created by the other ingredients in the drink.
Can You Put Vodka In Eggnog?
The simple answer? Yes, you can! There are quite a few variations of simple vodka cocktails featuring eggnog out there for you to try, especially around the holiday season.
Yet many of these feature the additional flavors of creamy liqueurs which can make all of the difference in terms of your tasting and drinking experience!
Does Alcohol Curdle Eggnog?
Though this is a pretty rare thing to occur, alcohol can curdle eggnog when they are mixed. This is usually due to the excessive acid in the alcohol interacting with the dairy in the eggnog.
Should Eggnog Be Served Warm Or Cold?
Eggnog is usually served chilled over ice but many recipes allow you to heat it if you want.
This is especially convenient in the colder months of the holiday season when you’ve just come in from ice skating or making snowmen outside.
You can make it more suitable for adults by building it up with your spirit of choice, rum, or even brandy.
What Does Eggnog Pair Best With?
Because of its creamy, sweet, and rich flavors, eggnog pairs very well with foods that feature more divergent flavors. This includes anything that is remotely earthy, spicy, or salty.
Yet for a more indulgent treat, you can drink eggnog (by itself or in a cocktail) while you snack on your favorite holiday-time sweet treats.
Saying “cheers” will never get old, regardless of the time of year. But if you’re truly looking to make your holiday season that bit more special, these cocktail recipes are the perfect way to go!
The best part is that they’re great for solo drinking and served to guests at a party.