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What liquor goes with eggnog? What does eggnog taste like?

This traditional holiday beverage is easy to make (or buy from the store) and it’s delicious to drink! Here’s the best liquor to splash in your eggnog.

An Irish tourist wearing a Santa hat visits a Christmas market in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands December 16, 2022. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Eggnog is the holiday sludge that some people can’t live without and others can’t stand. It’s a mixture of milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, and whipped egg whites. For those of legal drinking age, the beverage tastes even better with a splash of alcohol.

What liquor goes best with eggnog?

There’s not one specific liquor that goes with eggnog. It depends on the recipe you follow and your likings, but there are some liquors that taste better. For example, brandy, rum, bourbon, and cognac match wonderfully with eggnog.

How much alcohol do I add to my eggnog?

The amount of alcohol put in eggnog has no written rule, but it tastes best with 1 part spirit for every 5 parts eggnog. The alcohol takes away the rich and sweet taste of the eggnog, so if you’re looking for a more bitter drink you can add extra alcohol.

What does eggnog taste like?

Eggnog is very sweet and creamy, somewhat like a custard. Some have a little bit of sweet spice thanks to the cinnamon added to eggnog. You can also add vanilla to your drink for a special touch in your drink.

How to make homemade eggnog

Homemade eggnog might even be better than from the bottle, because you change the drink depending on what you like. It’s also super easy to make! Simply follow these directions:

  1. Whisk egg yolk and sugar.
  2. Mix salt, nutmeg, cream, milk, and liquor (if you are including it) in a saucepan over low heat until it simmers.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Whisk the egg whites.
  5. Fold or mix the egg whites into the base of the eggnog.
  6. Your eggnog is ready to serve!

Eggnog is also super easy to buy pre-made, and it’s easy to find during the holiday season. Trader Joe’s in particular is known for their delicious eggnog, but you can find it at all of the major grocery stores like Target, Piggly Wiggly, and even Walmart! You can add your magic touch of cinnamon or a splash of bourbon to make your eggnog just how you like it.

Is eggnog healthy?

It’s hard to make such a creamy and thick drink healthy. In fact, a cup of eggnog can have up to 350 calories. But don’t let that steer you away! It’s the holiday seasonand enjoy it however you want.