7 Spiked Eggnog Recipes to Boost Your Holiday Cheer

Make your holidays warmer with these easy & delicious spiked eggnog recipes

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Some people count the days ‘til pumpkin spice season, and some can’t wait for eggnog season. If you fall into the second category, this post is for you. We’ll share the best eggnog recipes that pair well with most dishes and make holiday prep more fun. (Decorating under the influence of spiked eggnog will give your ornaments the jaunty angle they deserve.) 

What is eggnog? It’s a creamy and delicious winter cocktail [Link to upcoming Winter Cocktails post] that can be served hot or chilled. This festive favorite is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites and egg yolks. You can make your drink dairy-free by opting for almond milk.

A spiked eggnog would include alcohol—most commonly rum, but in some cases brandy, bourbon, amaretto, Irish cream or rye whiskey. Homemade eggnog typically lasts 2–3 days in the fridge and store-bought eggnog lasts 5–7 days from opening. 

Are you ready to curl up in a blanket and enjoy your well-deserved spiked eggnog? We thought so. Read on.

Classic Eggnog From Scratch

3 glasses of eggnog with cinnamon sticks
Source: Food Network

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

If you want to one-up your neighbors who get their eggnog from a carton, this recipe is for you. It requires a little bit of effort (and subsequent washing up), but the result will be both satisfying and Instagrammable. Once you master this recipe, have fun with it and experiment with different liquors, spices and toppings.

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Amaretto Eggnog

Eggnog on wooden table with Christmas decorations
Source: Viktoria’s Table

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Now if you want to get your treat fast, you can use store-bought eggnog. Amaretto eggnog is sweet and decadent with gentle creamy almond flavor. Top it with whipped cream or marshmallows.  

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Spiced Rum & Bourbon Eggnog

Two glass cups with eggnog on red fabric
Source: Food Network

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes 

If you like your drinks stronger and less sweet, consider adding a little holiday spirit with emphasis on the spirit. That is, spike your eggnog with spiced rum and bourbon. Serve it hot. Thank us later. 

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Smoked Eggnog

Chilled eggnog with whipped cream
Source: Traeger Grills

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes (including chill time) 

If you happen to have a grill, this smokey vanilla flavor is well worth the wait. The word on the web is that refrigerating the drink for a day really makes the flavors pop. If you make a large enough batch, you can refrigerate some for later and still have instant gratification. 

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Chai Eggnog

Eggnog with cinnamon stick and cloves
Source: Gimme Some Oven

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

To add some spice to your holidays, try this chai-flavored spiked eggnog recipe. If you’re feeling creative, you can mix your own chai spices and skip the teabags.  

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Creamy Eggnog Baileys Cocktail

Eggnog with cinnamon next to Christmas decorations
Source: The Pioneer Woman

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

For a tender, milky flavor, mix eggnog with Baileys (or your Irish cream of choice). If you ever get tired of this recipe, experiment with different Baileys flavors, such as Almande (almond). This drink pairs well with cookies, ideally fresh from the oven. 

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Bourbon Chocolate Eggnog

Chocolate eggnog with dark chocolate bar
Source: Serious Eats

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

This baby tastes like a boozy milkshake. Dark and milk chocolate work equally well. If you’re going for a Mexican hot chocolate flavor, add a tiny bit of chili powder. 

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