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Easy Eggnog Cocktail

posted December 13, 2023
by Cassandra Morris
This is the perfect way to spice up classic eggnog. Bookmark this eggnog recipe – it’s the best simple holiday cocktail and only takes a few ingredients.

Ah, eggnog! The classic holiday drink that warms your soul and makes you feel like a kid again. It’s the perfect blend of creamy, sweet, and spicy goodness, and there’s nothing quite like it. Whether you’re sipping it by the fire on a chilly winter night or sharing it with friends and family during holiday gatherings, eggnog always brings a smile to your face.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing this delicious drink, eggnog is a rich and creamy concoction made with milk, cream, sugar, and beaten eggs. It’s often flavored with vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon, giving it a cozy and festive flavor profile. Some people like to spike their eggnog with a little bit of rum, brandy, or whiskey, which adds a delightful kick and makes it perfect for toasting the season.

Personally, I’m a big fan of eggnog. There’s something about its velvety texture and comforting taste that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I always look forward to indulging in a glass (or two) of eggnog during the Christmas season.

So, if you’re looking for a festive and tasty holiday cocktail to enjoy, give this eggnog recipe a try. Cheers!

Note: This eggnog recipe is for a cold, ice-shaken cocktail. See the Expert Tips for how to turn this into a warm eggnog cocktail to enjoy on a cold winter day. 

easy eggnog cocktail being poured from shaker into glass

Ingredients Needed

This homemade eggnog recipe calls for the following ingredients: 

  • Eggnog – We use store-bought eggnog for this recipe. I highly recommend Turkey Hill eggnog or Southern Comfort. For vegans, there is also So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog, which is dairy-free and egg-free. 
  • RumChata liqueur – RumChata is a creamy, milky liqueur with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s similar to Bailey’s, which you can also use as a substitute in this recipe. Makes this eggnog extra creamy.
  • Spiced rum – We’ll also mix in some spiced rum. These are any rum that has added spices, usually cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and any other similar types. This will add a distinct boozy flavor to the eggnog. 
  • Ice – Solid ice cubes work best. Ice chips or smaller cubes will melt easier and dilute the cocktail, so be sure to fill up your ice cube tray if you haven’t yet! 
  • Sugar – I use fine sugar. This will go around the rim of our glasses. 
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon powder and one short cinnamon stick for each glass. 
  • Whipped cream – This is an optional topping. Go for regular store-bought whipped cream, or double it down. Beat together eggnog, whipping cream, and sugar to make eggnog-flavored whipped cream. 
easy eggnog cocktail ingredients

How To Make Homemade Eggnog

This homemade eggnog recipe is so easy, you’ll master it in no time. I’m so ready for Christmas! 

Step One: Pour some fine sugar into a small, flat plate or a saucer. 

Step Two: Wet your finger with eggnog or water. Rub the rim of the glass then immediately dip the rim into the plate of sugar. Swirl the glass to coat the rim. 

glass upside down being rimmed on a plate of sugar

Step Three: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add eggnog, spiced rum, and RumChata liqueur. Give it a good 20-second hard shake to really froth it up and break up the ice.

easy eggnog cocktail ingredients in shaker with ice
easy eggnog cocktail shaken and bubbly in shaker

Step Four: Immediately pour the cocktail into the sugar-rimmed glasses, filling up to the top of the glass. Top the glass with a dollop of whipped cream if using. Garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick and serve immediately. 

Enjoy! 

easy eggnog cocktail topped with cinnamon and a cinnamon stick

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do You Mix With Eggnog?

A spiked eggnog cocktail for the holidays is just a few ingredients away. Essentially, you mix rum and eggnog, but you can make it extra creamy by also adding a creamy liqueur like RumChata. 

Is Eggnog Better With Brandy Or Whiskey?

Personally, rum is still my favorite liqueur to have with this Christmas cocktail. But eggnog also  tastes delicious with brandy or bourbon.

Can I Make Eggnog Without Eggs?

To make this recipe vegan-friendly, substitute the eggnog with So Delicious Coconut Milk Holiday Eggnog.

Is Eggnog Served Hot Or Cold?

Eggnog can be served either hot or cold. It really depends on personal preference!

Expert Tips

Follow these expert tips to take your eggnog game to the next level: 

  • If you happen to have grated nutmeg, it’ll be amazing to sprinkle on top of your cocktail! The smell of the spice will warm you right up. 
  • In this recipe, I’ve made the eggnog cold, with the use of ice. However, you can also make hot spiked eggnog. To do this, warm up a glass of eggnog by heating it gently in a saucepan over low heat. Then, remove from the heat and pour into a sugar-rimmed glass before adding your alcohol of choice. 
  • Walt and I are big fans of hosting guests, and I’ve put together my top holiday season hosting guide that includes ideas for planning, decoration, setting the mood, and food, obviously. 

Storage Instructions

The alcohol in the eggnog cocktail should help preserve it, but you should still follow food safety guidelines to ensure that it’s safe to consume. Follow these storage tips for eggnog cocktails:

  • If you have leftover eggnog cocktail, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Before serving the leftover eggnog cocktail, give it a good stir as it may separate in the fridge. You can also add a little more milk or heavy cream to the mixture to help bring it back to its original consistency.

Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

This is the perfect way to spice up classic eggnog. Bookmark this eggnog recipe – it’s the best simple holiday cocktail and only takes a few ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Eggnog
  • 2 ounces RumChata liqueur
  • 2 ounces Spiced Rum
  • Ice (for the cocktail shaker)
  • Sugar (for the rim)

Topping

  • Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Whipped cream optional

Instructions

  • Pour sugar into a small, flat plate.
  • With a little bit of eggnog on your finger (or water), rub the rim of the glass then immediately dip the rim into plate of sugar, swirling it around to coat evenly.
  • Place ice cubes into a cocktail shaker, then pour in egg nog, spiced rum, and RumChata liqueur. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds to create a frothy texture and break up the ice.
  • Pour into sugar rimmed glasses, filling them to the brim. Add a dash of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick as garnish, then serve immediately.
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