Boozy Eggnog for a special Christmas treat

by Mama Loves A Drink

Now I’ll be the first to admit that the idea of eggnog didn’t appeal to me at first – I know! I’m sorry, my warm climate upbringing it was never a festive drink that made much sense! I mean a drink, made with egg that you can pre-purchase in a carton?

Having now thoroughly researched the topic for you (someone had to do the taste testing, you’re welcome), the Mama Loves team have come up with a boozy alternative that we think even you naysayers will enjoy.

Unlike most of our winter-warmer favourites that we’ve suggested for the festive season, our boozy eggnog is served cold and creamy. And one teensy secret as we researched the best way to make and serve your eggnog – despite the raw egg – the alcohol content means it can be made in advance and stored in the fridge. Some have suggested for months but we’ve not made a batch to last that long, yet!

We do encourage you to have some fun with the boozy eggnog concept. Our recipe here is by no means traditional and trial and error is what it’s all about to find the combination you like – but trust us, if you’re only past experience is the cartoned stuff, please give the homemade version a chance!

This recipe is part of our favourite Christmas Cocktails series. You may also like to check out our non-alcoholic drinks collection for perfect Christmas Mocktails.

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Tools you will need for making Eggnog

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • A handheld whisk or electric beater with a whisk attachment
  • Nice serving cups

Find all our favourite tools for your home cocktail bar here.

Yield: 6

Traditional Eggnog

Two glasses of traditional eggnig with cinnamon

A boozy twist on a traditional Christmas favourite.


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of caster sugar
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup spiced rum (or substitute)
  • Garnish (optional) cinnamon stick, dark sugar OR a sprinkle of nutmeg


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until light and creamy
  2. Fold in the sugar until it's dissolved
  3. Add in the milk, cream and vanilla
  4. Serve into you favourite handled cups or mugs
  5. Garnish with a sugared rim and cinnamon stick, or lightly grate some nutmeg to finish

Substitute booze for your boozy eggnog

Our receipe we have used spiced rum, but whay not try dark rum, or bourbon (or a combination!). Brandy can also work with this recipe and leave you with a lovely warming feeling.

Our favourite adult variation on eggnog though is the Tom & Jerry – you can see our Tom & Jerry cocktail recipe here.

More Christmas drink ideas

As well as checking out our complete guide to Christmas cocktails, you may also be interested in our Christmas gift guides for drink-lovers. We cover everything from stylish glassware for your drinks cabinet through to our favourite gifts for coffee-lovers.

If you’re still seeking out that perfect gift idea or stocking stuffer, pop on over for some inspiration here >>

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