What Kind of Alcohol is in Eggnog?
Back in the 1600s, the alcoholic component of choice for eggnog was sherry. Once it was entrenched as a holiday tradition in America, the folks from each state added their personal touch. For instance, in the south they believe the best eggnog alcohol to be whiskey, while cocktail enthusiasts in northern states preferred rum.
As for us, we love using a nice smoky bourbon like Wild Turkey 101. It has a hint of sweetness upfront, with vanilla and caramel notes sparring with oak and baking spices in the middle and a bold finish with plenty of spice and orange peel on the palate. Absolutely gorgeous in the creamy base of the eggnog!
A Brief History of the Classic Eggnog cocktail
The story goes that everyone’s favourite Christmas drink had its origins in England as early as the 1200s. From here it only grew in popularity, and eventually spread around the globe.
While the original eggnog recipe with alcohol was served warm, a bartending guide from the 1700s also stated that it could be enjoyed cold. As for the name itself, history is a bit murky. However, language historians believe that it’s a confluence of ‘egg’ and ‘grogs’ (which was an old-timey word for ‘drinks’).
Today, eggnog is still enjoyed in many countries in the world, and has inspired many tasty variations. This includes dairy-free eggnog and vegan eggnog to suit diverse dietary preferences.
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Delicious Eggnog Cocktail variations to try
Once you know how to make alcoholic eggnog, the great thing is that you can create a bunch of different drinks from the same base. Here are a few of our favourite twists on this classic holiday drink:
With only three ingredients, whipping up a festive Eggnog Martini won’t take you long at all. It’s a simple and delicious way to elevate your Christmas cocktail party with some vanilla-flavored vodka in the mix.
Our very merry Peppermint Eggnog cocktail is a cool drink that does its warming from the inside out. You can make it by adding a measure of vodka and peppermint schnapps to your homemade eggnog base, or opt for store-bought instead.
When to serve a classic Eggnog Cocktail
We love serving our classic Eggnog Cocktail at festive events around the holidays, but this cosy drink also is also a great choice for:
- Winter weddings
- Fall dinners
- Cool-weather hen do’s
- Snowy weekends
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