Eggnog Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Perfect for the holidays, the eggnog cocktail consists of chilled eggnog, Irish cream, and vanilla vodka.

Eggnog Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Hook me up to an IV of eggnog—I love this stuff. Eggnog is my official holiday drink. It 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. I guess it’s a nostalgic tradition at this point, however, I still love the taste.

The Best Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

The eggnog cocktail consists of chilled eggnog, baileys or Irish cream, and vanilla vodka, sprinkled with ground cinnamon. ‘Tis the season in a glass. The eggnog cocktail tastes like a creamy, frothy twist of chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. But Shawn, 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 need more convincing, Patty was never an eggnog drinker and now she’s a true believer in this cocktail.

Serve over a giant ice cube or straight up in a chilled glass—this is entirely up to you. Just don’t forget to shake it up either way.

Choose Your 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. If you’re a whiskey drinker, bourbon and cognac would be my two recommendations to supplant the vodka (yes, I know cognac isn’t whiskey). 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.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays!

Eggnog Holiday Cocktail Recipe
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Eggnog Holiday Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American


Perfect for the holidays, the eggnog cocktail consists of chilled eggnog, Irish cream, and vanilla vodka.


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


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


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 248
  • Sugar: 27.1g
  • Sodium: 31mg
  • Fat: 4.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 2.2g
  • Cholesterol: 33mg

Keywords: eggnog cocktail, holiday cocktails