The Best Spiked Eggnog Recipe

Celebrate the holiday spirit in style with a spiked eggnog recipe (or two!). Eggnog is the Beyonce of holiday drinks, if you’re not stan, you’re not a fan! But, if you’ve landed on this article purely out of curiosity, we certainly won’t turn you away. There are many ways to transform this creamy concoction into a go-to holiday alcoholic drink. And we’re here to let you in on some of our favorites! 

Drinkable Gifts has your back with the best liquor pairings, ensuring your holiday cheer is spiked just right. So, let’s turn up the holiday vibes and toast to the most spirited season with the perfect spiked eggnog recipe.

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What is Eggnog vs. Spiked Eggnog Recipe

Originating in medieval Britain, this concoction was once known as “posset,” blending milk, eggs, and spices with a splash of wine or ale, favored by the aristocracy. Fast forward to today, and eggnog’s festive fame remains intact. 

A standard eggnog recipe often looks like this: 

  • Raw eggs
  • Sugar
  • Half-and-Half
  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla extract

A spiked eggnog recipe would have you add a dash of liquor like rum or whiskey—we can thank Americans for replacing posh ingredients with the comforting indulgence of rum! And, yes, homemade eggnog typically contains raw eggs. There are a couple of reasons why this might not be as concerning as it sounds. However, the most important is that you use pasteurized eggs in your spiked eggnog recipe! 

The Best Liquor for Eggnog Recipes

The best thing about homemade eggnog? You can jazz it up with your favorite spirits like whisky, rum, bourbon, or brandy. That creamy richness gives this classic holiday drink a fancy twist, especially ideal for serving in a big punch bowl. And remember, using good quality liquor in eggnog isn’t just for show – it really amps up the flavor, making every sip smoother and more delightful. Here are a few spirits you can use to level up your eggnog game this holiday season: 

Bourbon Its rich and robust flavors, often with notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak, complement the spices in eggnog splendidly. The warmth of bourbon adds depth to its creamy texture. 

P.S. Evan Williams is a popular choice! 

Brandy/Cognac Brandy and Cognac’s fruity and nutty undertones enhance the sweetness of eggnog. Their smoothness contributes to a velvety texture and adds a layer of complexity to the drink.

Baileys Irish Cream Known for its creamy and velvety texture, Baileys brings a delightful sweetness and hints of cocoa to eggnog.

Rum (White, Dark, or Spiced) – As one of the most popular liquor choices for eggnog, it’s hard to go wrong with its sweet and slightly spicy profile. White rum offers a milder taste, while dark or spiced rum provides richer, deeper flavors.

WhiskyWith its diverse range of flavors, whisky can impart smoky, caramel, or fruity notes to eggnog. It lends complexity and character to the drink, making it a versatile choice. 

Caramel/Vanilla Vodka – Contributes a sweet and smooth vanilla essence to eggnog, enhancing its richness and adding a subtle layer of flavor.

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Our Favorite Spiked Eggnog Recipe (Well, a Few) 

Now that you know a bit more about eggnog, it’s time to start whipping up this festive drink for friends and family! Here are a few of our favorite spiked eggnog recipes:

The Rum Flip Eggnog 

Eggnog with a hint of coffee. 


  • .5 oz demerara syrup
  • .25 oz cold brew coffee
  • Whole egg
  • 1.5 oz of your favorite rum


  • Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. 
  • Shake vigorously without ice for about 10 seconds. Then, add a handful of cubed ice and shake for an additional 10 seconds. 
  • Strain the mixture into a cocktail coupe glass using a fine strainer. 
  • Finish by grating some nutmeg and cinnamon on top for a delightful touch of flavor.

North Pole Nog 

Eggnog with a splash of rum and bourbon. 


  • 6 oz small-batch eggnog
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick


Mix together the eggnog, spiced rum, and bourbon until thoroughly combined. 

Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick for an added touch of flavor.

Scotsman Eggnog

Eggnog with Scotch. 


  • 1 oz chocolate stout
  • 1 whole egg
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • .5 oz brown sugar cayenne syrup
  • 2 oz Malt Scotch Whisky 


Combine whisky, chocolate stout, a whole egg, Peychaud’s Bitters, and brown sugar cayenne syrup in a cocktail shaker. 

Shake until the egg breaks down and the drink turns frothy. 

Strain the mixture into a footed rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish it with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Brown Sugar Cayenne Syrup Recipe: 

Mix 2 cups of light brown sugar, 1 cup of water, and 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. 

Bring the mixture to a boil, then allow it to cool in the refrigerator. 

Christmas Season is Cocktail Season With Drinkable Gifts!

Elevate your eggnog experience by selecting the finest quality liquors available at Whether you prefer bourbon’s classic warmth or brandy’s smooth richness, our wide selection guarantees the perfect spirits for your concoctions. Make merry this holiday season and create your own festive blends today! 

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