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eggnog recipe

Now you’ve reached the cozy part of holiday customs where Eggnog rules. As a bartender who likes thick, creamy drinks, I can’t help but suggest the classic Eggnog. There’s more to it than just a drink; it’s a party. This drink is perfect for the holiday season because it is full of tradition and has warm, sweet flavors. Just take a sip, and you’ll see why it’s an important thing to have at any holiday party.

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Tasting Notes

Eggnog is a harmonious composition of various flavors. With each sip, you’ll get a smooth, creamy drink that tastes sweet from the cinnamon and nutmeg. You’ll taste hints of vanilla and the warm taste of the drink you choose, whether it’s brandy, rum, or whiskey. It’s like drinking a treat that warms you up from the inside out. It’s great for cold nights.

Equipment and Glassware

A blender or whisk and a big bowl are all you’ll need to make Eggnog. There isn’t any fancy gear here. You can put it in a punch bowl or pour it into cups for each person. I like to serve it in glass mugs or punch cups so that the creamy texture and spices on top can really stand out.


  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz. of your favorite spirit (rum, whiskey, or brandy)
  • A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
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  1. In a bowl, beat the egg and sugar together until smooth.
  2. Slowly whisk in the milk and heavy cream.
  3. Stir in your choice of spirit.
  4. Pour the mixture into your glass and top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
  5. Enjoy immediately for the freshest taste.

Pro Tips

  • Mix your eggnog with a mixer to make it smoother.
  • Multiply the ingredients by the number of people you’re having over and mix them in a big punch bowl.
  • For an extra refreshing touch, chill your drinks before you serve.

When to Serve

During the holidays, eggnog is the star. You can serve it at any holiday party, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. A lot of people like it on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It’s magical to drink eggnog, whether you’re having a dinner party or just relaxing by the fire.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

The drink you choose can change the taste of your eggnog. Go for a spiced or old rum if you want more depth. Bourbon is a sweet whiskey that whiskey fans should try. Brandy gives it a rich, fruity taste. Adding brands like Hennessy, Captain Morgan, or Bulleit Bourbon to your drink will make it taste better.

Similar Cocktails

  • Rum Punch – For those who love their drinks with a bit of a kick.
  • Brandy Alexander – A smooth blend of brandy and cream.
  • Bourbon Milk Punch: A smooth, creamy blend of bourbon, milk, and vanilla, dusted with nutmeg for a comforting, classic cocktail experience.
  • Tom & Jerry Cocktail: A warm, festive mix of spiced rum and brandy, topped with hot milk and a frothy egg mixture for a cozy holiday treat.
  • Sugar Cookie White Russian: A sweet twist on the classic, combining vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream with sugar cookie syrup for a dessert-like indulgence.
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Originating in medieval Europe, eggnog was first a warm, milky drink that tasted like ale. Over many years, it changed into the rich, alcoholic drink we love today. After making its way across the Atlantic to the American colonies, where there were lots of farms and, by extension, lots of dairy goods and liquor, it became a holiday staple.

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eggnog recipe


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: Cognac, eggnog, eggs, heavy cream, Rum, sugar, Whiskey, whole milk
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Enjoy the festive season with traditional Eggnog: a rich, spiced beverage made with creamy dairy, toasty spices, and your preferred alcohol.



  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz of your favorite spirit rum, whiskey, or brandy
  • A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg plus more for garnish


  • In a bowl, beat the egg and sugar together until smooth.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk and heavy cream.
  • Stir in your choice of spirit.
  • Pour the mixture into your glass and top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
  • Enjoy immediately for the freshest taste.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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