Upgrade Your Eggnog with these Intoxicating Elixirs

what to mix with eggnog

Winter is coming, which means it’s time to get your ‘nog on. Though fatty, sugary eggnog already has a lot going for it, you might decide to add alcohol and make it the perfect unhealthy storm. You’ll hear no objections from us! Still, deciding what to mix with eggnog can be a challenge for the uninitiated. Here’s a quick 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. If you’re having trouble deciding, we suggest trying Organic Valley’s Eggnog.


Stick with dark, amber-colored spirits — stay away from the clear stuff. Also, you don’t need to reach for the top shelf; the other flavors in your eggnog will overpower the nuances of premium liquor. Simply add a shot of reasonably priced booze and shake or stir it well.


Brandy is basically wine with the alcohol by volume turned way up. This spirit is very sweet, and nicely complements the sweetness of eggnog. E & J VSOP Brandy is an excellent choice. If you’re feeling fancy, you might try some cognac or a splash of sherry.


Some people swear by whiskey and eggnog. Sweet bourbon is the most popular type of whiskey to add, though some people like to cut the sweetness with smoky scotch. You can add bitter rye whiskey to your eggnog if you absolutely have to, but consider partnering it with a sweeter spirit. We recommend Maker’s Mark Bourbon.


Dark rum is another nice partner for eggnog — some would say too nice, as the flavors of rum tend to get lost in eggnog. Of course, that could be precisely what you’re looking for. Depending on which type of rum you choose, a few notes of spice may power through. Many people enjoy Captain Morgan Spiced Rum.

Related: How to Make the Perfect Eggnog

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 eggstra special, however, consider adding some of the following.


  • Ginger liqueur
  • Peppermint schnapps
  • White chocolate liqueur
  • Jagermeister Spice


  • Nutmeg (duh)
  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract

Other Goodies

  • Coffee
  • 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! However, we advise against going overboard with ingredients. Select one or two items from each category and try every combination you can think of — preferably not all in one night. If you’re feeling ambitious, consider checking out these tasty recipes:

Uncle Dave’s Nogdaves 2

Created by USBG NY President and Creative Director at Seamstress, NYC



Combine and shake/chill with ice. Grate fresh cinnamon and nutmeg over the mixture and incorporate. Garnish with a side of candied walnuts to eat while sipping the drink. 

Pudding on the Nogpudding

Created by Charlie Moore, Knife, Dallas, TX


  •  1 1/2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1/2 part amaro
  • 1 part simple syrup (1:1)
  • 1 part heavy cream
  • 2 parts whole milk
  • 2 bar spoons sugar-free, low-fat vanilla pudding mix


Add all ingredients into a shaker tin and shake without ice until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Pour into a rocks glass, and grate fresh nutmeg and cinnamon over the top. Enjoy!