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Egg Nog Recipes

How to Make Spiked Eggnog, Eggnog Desserts & More


An image of egg nog and nutmeg in a mug.

Egg nog is often spiced with nutmeg and spiked with alcohol.

Marko Goodwin
Like apple cider and hot chocolate, egg nog is a holiday drink that many people look forward to each year. Perhaps it's nostalgia. Perhaps its the warming spices, heavy cream or alcohol. Whatever the reason, egg nog is incredibly popular at many holiday gatherings. Here are a few of the many variations on egg nog recipes that you can serve during the holidays:

Rum Egg Nog Recipes

Rum is one of the most common liquors for spiking egg nog. These recipes spike egg nog with rum and rum alone. For egg nogs with multiple spirits, see "Other Spiked Egg Nog Recipes," below.
  • Rum Eggnog is easy to make with the help of this how-to video.
  • Cooked Eggnog can be made with or without rum.
  • Rum Holiday Egg Nog uses Mount Gay rum, almond extract, vanilla extract, nutmeg and cinnamon for a warming flavor profile.
  • Thanks to the bacteria-killing effects of rum, Make-Ahead Eggnog can be prepared over Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed at Christmas.
Brandy Egg Nog Recipes

Like rum, brandy is a popular additive for many egg nog lovers. Here are two of my favorite brandy egg nog recipes: Other Egg Nog Recipes With Alcohol

Beyond rum and brandy, there are lots of ways to spike egg nog. These recipes include multiple liquors, whiskey, peach brandy or other spirits: No-Alcohol Egg Nog Recipes

Although most of the recipes above can be made without alcohol, these are most easily adapted for non-alcoholic egg nog recipes: Easy Egg Nog Recipes

Looking for quick, easy egg nog recipes? Look no further:
  • As the name suggests, Easy Egg Nog is very easy to make.
  • Brandy Egg Nog is a quick, shaken drink that can easily be made at a bar.
  • These two recipes for Cooked Egg Nog are easy to make (plus you probably won't have to worry about salmonella even if you're a terrible cook).
  • Easy Holiday Eggnog only requires six ingredients. If that's not enough to inspire a bit of holiday cheer, I don't know what is.
  • Busy around the holidays? (Who isn't?!) Make-Ahead Eggnog can be prepared over Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed at Christmas.
Healthier Egg Nog Recipes

There's no denying that egg nog is unhealthy. These egg nog recipes may not be healthy, per se, but they are healthier than most egg nogs! Large-Batch Egg Nog Recipes

If you're cooking for a large group, check out these recipes for large batches of egg nog: Regional / International Egg Nog Recipes

Variations on egg nog are consumed around the world. Here are a few regional and national recipes worth trying:
  • Mexican Egg Nog (or Rompope) is an alcohol-optional egg nog made with almonds.
  • Coquito (Puerto Rican Egg Nog) is a traditional punch that is made with cream of coconut, rum and spices and served at Christmas and New Years celebrations.
  • Eierlikoer, also known as Egg Flip, is a German style of egg nog that requires multiple spirits and a whole vanilla bean.
  • Advocaat is a type of Dutch egg nog. It can be made without dairy, topped with whipped cream, or folded with whipped cream to make a dessert called Tokkelroom.
  • Likier Jajeczny is a Polish style of egg nog made with French brandy and rectified spirits. It is steeped for four days and served cold.
  • Lon's Egg Nog is from Lon's Restaurant at The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Although I don't usually associate warm drinks with Phoenix weather, I hear it's very good!
Unusual Egg Nog Recipes

Some egg nog variations step far outside of holiday tradition. These unusual egg nog recipes include everything from coffee to chocolate liqueur to cider.
  • Chocolate Egg Nog is a spiked egg nog with a chocolaty flavor.
  • Baltimore Egg Nog features peach brandy.
  • Less like egg nog recipes than recipes that use egg nog as an ingredient, Egg Nog Latte and Cold Coffee Nog combine egg nog's flavor with a caffeine kick.
  • Tea Nog is an egg nog-like tea drink made with sweetened condensed milk.
  • Although Cider Nog (a blend of egg nog and non-alcoholic cider) is a classic non-alcoholic drink, you probably haven't tried it in recent years.
  • White Christmas is a chocolaty cocktail with an egg nog base.
  • Bourbon Eggnog uses bourbon, cognac and Grand Marnier to create an unusual variation on classic spiked egg nog recipes.
Read on to discover egg nog dessert recipes.
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