Upgrade Your Holiday with Intoxicating Eggnog Spirits

Winter is coming, which means it’s time to get your ‘nog on.

Though fatty, sugary eggnog already epitomizes the holiday spirit, there might come a time when you decide to add a little alcohol to make it the perfect unhealthy storm. Mmm, our sense are booming over cinnamon and nutmeg already. However, deciding what to mix with eggnog can be a challenge for those just getting acquainted in the milk punch world. Luckily for you, we have the rundown.

Selecting Your Eggnog

We understand if you’re too lazy — or too hungover — to make your own ‘nog from scratch. Any store-bought eggnog will work with the ingredients below, but shooting for a higher quality is always a good bet. If you’re having trouble deciding, we suggest trying Organic Valley’s Eggnog or another fresh, local brand in your area.

RelatedHow to make the perfect eggnog.

Spirits

Now, what to mix with eggnog. You should typically stick with dark, amber-colored spirits with a higher proof, such as Captain Morgan Spiced RumE & J VSOP Brandy or Maker’s Mark Bourbon. The spiced liqueur and higher alcohol content will neutralize the eggnog’s sweetness. In turn, the other flavors in your eggnog will overpower the nuances of premium liquor, so there’s also no need to reach for the top shelf. Simply add a shot of reasonably priced, high-proofed booze and shake or stir it well.

Additional Ingredients

Once you mix your eggnog and liquor and add a dusting of nutmeg, you’re all set to enjoy your festive beverage. To make your eggnog eggs-tra special, however, consider some of these traditional additions.

Cordials – Ginger liqueur, Peppermint schnapps, White chocolate liqueur, Jagermeister Spice

Spices – Nutmeg (duh), Cloves, Allspice, Cinnamon, Vanilla extract

Other Goodies – Coffee (highly recommended), Light brown sugar, Chocolate syrup, Maple syrup

Feel free to play around with all sorts of eggnog concoctions. If you like it, it can’t be wrong, right? We advise against going overboard with ingredients, though. Instead, select one or two items from each category and try different combinations — ideally not all in one night. If you’re feeling ambitious, or want life made easy, consider checking out these tasty recipes:

Easy and Quick:

Irish Cream Eggnog

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If you love both Irish coffee’s or eggnog cocktails in the winter, then this one will be hard to stay away from. This spirit blends both of these cold weather heroes together to make one helluva drink. And as a heads up, we tweaked the ingredients a bit for a boozy boldness, but the full recipe from scratch can be found here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 parts eggnog of choice ( or two parts whole milk/milk alternative and 1 egg)
  • 2 1/2 parts strongly brewed chilled coffee or espresso (Stumptown Coffee’s Snow Day Blend, or Starbucks’ Christmas Blend work best)
  • 1 part Baileys The Original Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 part High West Double Rye whiskey (As mentioned earlier, you can couple the rye whiskey with Maker’s Mark Bourbon)
  • 1/4 part vanilla extract
 Garnishes: whipped cream, Andes Creme de Menthe mints
Preparation: Combine and shake with ice. Strain and pour into glass full of ice. Top with whipped cream (optional), grated cinnamon and nutmeg. Garnish with Andes mints to take it to the next level.

Maker’s Mark Eggnog

Maker’s Mark – app. 24 servings
This holiday drink only really only reaches it’s potential when you add Maker’s Mark bourbon to the mix. So good, in fact, Maker’s itself suggests it’s the best eggnog you’ll ever serve.

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • Nutmeg for garnish

Preparation: Separate eggs and beat yolks until creamy. Whip sugar into yolks. Beat whites until they stand in peaks, adding 1/2 cup additional sugar, if desired. Beat yolks and Maker’s Mark Bourbon together. Add whites. Beat cream. Add cream and milk to mixture. Add nutmeg to taste, and garnish each cup with nutmeg.

Sophisticated and Complex: Cogg Nogg

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Photo courtesy of Yew seafood + bar

Created by Lauren Mote for YEW seafood + bar – serves one

You won’t find a more inventive creation than the Cogg Nogg by Lauren Mote in Vancouver, B.C. Featuring Hennessy’s bold VS Cognac and a Darjeeling yea syrup, this unique beverage will certainly take your next holiday party to new heights!

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz Hennessy VS Cognac
  • 2 oz 36% Cream
  • 1 oz Darjeeling Tea Syrup (Ghorka Summer Flush Tea)*
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 2 dashes Malagasy Chocolate Bitters
  • Grated Nutmeg

Darjeeling Tea Syrup

  • 2 tsp Summer Flush Tea
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 1 cup of Demerara Packed Sticky Dark Sugar

In a heat-safe container, add tea and hot water and let steep for 30 minutes. Remove tea and add sugar. Stir to dissolve.

Preparation: Add all ingredients, except garnished nutmeg, and shake vigorously without ice to emulsify the egg. Add ice and shake again. Double strain to a festive mug, finish with freshly grated nutmeg.