Eggnog Holiday Cocktail Recipe

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The eggnog cocktail is my official holiday drink. Eggnog was always my family’s tree decorating tradition when I was growing up as a kid. It was a HUGE deal. I still drink it every Christmas to this day. Paired with vanilla vodka or cognac and Irish cream, it’s a festive and delicious cocktail that’s perfect for the holiday season.

An eggnog cocktail on a dark wooden table with Christmas ornaments and Christmas lights.

The Best Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

The eggnog cocktail consists of chilled eggnog, Baileys or Irish cream, and vanilla vodka, sprinkled with ground cinnamon. The eggnog cocktail tastes like a creamy, frothy twist of chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. What if I’m not a huge fan of eggnog? I think you should try it anyway. The eggnog flavor is not overly present and simply adds a hint of creamy vanilla flavor. So it’s much more than just sipping on spiked eggnog.

If you enjoyed this cocktail, you will also love my chocolate martini and my chocolate espresso martini!

Ingredients

Eggnog cocktail ingredients laid out on a wooden cutting board.
  • Eggnog: make your own or look for it in the dairy aisle with the milk and cream.
  • Irish cream: adds a nice rich chocolate flavor. I like Baileys brand but others work just fine.
  • Vanilla vodka: this cocktail was originally made with vanilla vodka but unflavored vodka works well too. Look for Stoli brand vanilla vodka. I also love to substitute cognac, bourbon, or spiced rum
  • Cinnamon stick/ground cinnamon garnish: adds delicious cinnamon flavor and aroma. You only need a tiny pinch of cinnamon otherwise it’s overpowering.

Choose Your Base Spirit

This cocktail was originally drawn up as a vodka-based drink. Over the years, I’ve tried just about everything in place of vodka. Bourbon or cognac would be my two recommendations to supplant the vodka. If you’re still on the fence, a nice spiced or funky dark rum would be my next choice. Each spirit creates its own slight festive and flavorful variation.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1.

Combine all ingredients except for the cinnamon in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Pouring eggnog into a cocktail shaker with a cocktail jigger.

Step 2.

Shake or stir vigorously and strain into an old-fashioned glass with a large ice cube (or straight up).

Straining an eggnog cocktail into a chilled double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube.

Step 3.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and optionally garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Adding a cinnamon stick garnish to an eggnog cocktail.
What does eggnog taste like?

Eggnog is a rich and creamy beverage made with eggs, cream, and vanilla flavoring. It tastes similar to vanilla ice cream or vanilla pudding.

Does eggnog have alcohol in it?

No, eggnog alone is not an alcoholic beverage unless alcohol is added.

Expert Tips

  • Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer to keep your drink cooler for longer.
  • This can be served straight up in a coupe glass or served over the rocks in a double old-fashioned glass.
  • Double-strain cocktails to eliminate tiny ice chips. This is even more important with cocktails served straight up.
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Eggnog Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Perfect for the holidays, the eggnog cocktail consists of chilled eggnog, Irish cream, and vanilla vodka.

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces golden eggnog
  • 2 ounces Baileys
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka, cognac, bourbon, or spiced rum
  • cinnamon stick/ground cinnamon garnish

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients except for the cinnamon in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake or stir vigorously and strain into an old-fashioned glass with a large ice cube (or straight up).
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and optionally garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Notes

This cocktail was originally drawn up as a vodka-based drink. Bourbon, cognac, or dark rum make great alternatives.
Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer to keep your drink cooler for longer.
This can be served straight up in a coupe glass or served over the rocks in a double old-fashioned glass.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 30.2gProtein: 2.2gFat: 4.2gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 31mgSugar: 27.1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
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About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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