Eggnog gets its 15 minutes of fame every year around the holidays. And if you’re anything like me, you like to make the most of its limited spotlight by kicking it up a notch. Check out a few of our favorite ways to make the most of the ‘nog.
The Classic: Eggnog and Rum
Rum and Eggnog: A timeless duo. Dark or spiced rum blends seamlessly with eggnog, offering a rich, warming drink. The spices in the rum complement the eggnog’s creaminess, making each sip a celebration of the season. Check out our eggnog and rum recipe for more details.
Bourbon or Whiskey and Eggnog: These spirits add a smoky depth. Bourbon, with its sweet notes, or a good whiskey can transform eggnog into a sophisticated cocktail. Check out our Spiked Eggnog recipe for a robust, yet smooth drink.
Brandy, for a Refined Touch
Brandy and Eggnog: This often-overlooked spirit offers a delicate fruitiness, enhancing eggnog’s richness without overpowering it. Brandy’s subtle oak and vanilla notes provide a sophisticated twist to the traditional eggnog.
Crafting the Perfect Eggnog Cocktail
For any kind of eggnog cocktail, we recommend remembering these three points:
- Quality Ingredients: High-quality spirits and fresh eggnog lay the foundation for an exceptional drink.
- Proportions: Balance is key. Typically, a ratio of 1:4 (spirit to eggnog) works well.
- Garnishing: A sprinkle of nutmeg or a cinnamon stick can be just the thing that takes your drink over the top.
But all additions don’t have to just be booze. There are plenty of ways to add sweetness or give a kick to eggnog, and here are just a few ideas:
- Vanilla and Cinnamon: Add warmth, depth, and sweetness for a non-alcoholic treat.
- Coffee or Espresso: For a little caffeinated kick.
- Mint: Fresh mint leaves or peppermint extract can introduce a refreshing, cool dimension.
- Fruit Purees: Blending in purees like raspberry or peach can create a completely unique “eggnog experience” (someone should trademark that).
There’s really so much you can do with eggnog. It’s here for a good time, not a long time, so make sure to give it its due around Christmas time. Whether you’re looking to craft a classic holiday cocktail or an inclusive non-alcoholic option, the secret lies in the mix. Explore, experiment, and enjoy the festive cheer with these mix-in ideas.
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