Eggnog is the perfect holiday beverage, and one of the best ways to add even more festive cheer is to pair it with a delicious alcoholic drink.
The question is, what type of alcohol goes best with eggnog? As an experienced cook, I have some ideas on what will make the perfect addition to your holiday gathering.
Here are some of the top options for serving alcohol with your eggnog this holiday season- Brandy or Rum, Bourbon or Whiskey, vodka, wine, Irish cream, Spiked Apple Cider, Kahlua, gin, and champagne.
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1. Brandy or Rum
Brandy or dark Rum are two classic additions to eggnog, which is a great way to add some extra holiday cheer to your drink. Both are flavorful and bring out the nutmeg and other spices in the eggnog.
If you want something a bit sweeter, add some spiced rum like Captain Morgan or Sailor Jerry’s. These are great options if you want a balanced flavor from your alcohol.
The sweet, spicy notes of rum make it the ideal companion for the creamy sweetness of the eggnog. It also has a smoky flavor that will enhance the taste of your eggnog. This spirit has been used in the classic recipe since colonial days, so it’s no wonder it still pairs perfectly today.
Brandy is another popular option for spiking your eggnog. Its mellow and sweet flavor will add an extra layer of complexity to your drink without overpowering it. Plus, brandy is a great way to give your eggnog a warm and cozy feel.
Brandy adds a slightly sweet and smoky flavor to the drink while also giving it an extra kick of alcohol.
2. Bourbon or Whiskey
If you’re looking for something with a little more kick, try adding some Bourbon to your eggnog.
Bourbon and whiskey both have notes of caramel and vanilla that pair well with the sweet flavors of eggnog. These alcoholic drinks can add depth to the eggnog without being too overpowering. Try adding some Jim Beam or Maker’s Mark for a truly delightful combination.
This spirit has bold flavors like oak, caramel, and vanilla that will add depth and richness to your drink. It also pairs well with other winter spices like nutmeg or cinnamon – perfect for those cold winter nights.
If you’re looking for a stronger flavor, whiskey is an ideal choice to pair with eggnog.
The smoky flavor of these liquors can add an exciting twist, and it also pairs particularly well with dessert-style eggnogs spiced with cinnamon or nutmeg.
Plus, it gives your drink even more of a kick.
For those who prefer something lighter than liquor, try adding a good bottle of wine to your eggnog this holiday season!
A sweet white wine like Riesling or Gewurztraminer would complement the flavors of your eggnog nicely without making it too boozy.
You could also opt for an oaked Chardonnay if you want something bolder in flavor and body.
4. Irish Cream
Irish cream liqueur is another excellent option to pair with eggnog. It has a smooth, creamy taste that complements the flavor of eggnog nicely.
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For a lighter flavor, add vodka to your eggnog. Its clean taste and smooth texture will blend in seamlessly with the creamy texture of the drink, and that won’t overpower the other flavors in the drink but still adds a nice boost of alcohol.
6. Spiked Apple Cider
Try adding some spiked apple cider to your eggnog for those looking for something a bit more unique. The combination of spices in cider pairs perfectly with the sweet, tart apples and warm spices, making for a tasty holiday beverage.
For a flavor profile slightly different from the rest, try adding Kahlua to your eggnog. This coffee-flavored liqueur adds an exciting twist to the classic holiday drink.
For a slightly different flavor, try adding some gin to your eggnog. This spirit’s herbaceous, floral notes make it an exciting addition to the classic holiday beverage.
And last but not least, there’s always the option of adding champagne or sparkling wine to your eggnog for a truly unique twist. The sweetness and effervescence of these bubbly beverages will add a delightful layer of flavor to your holiday drink.
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My (April) opinion
No matter what type of alcohol you decide to serve alongside your homemade eggnog this year, there’s sure to be something that everyone at your gathering can enjoy!
From brandy or rum to bourbon or whiskey, there’s no shortage of options for pairing up drinks with this creamy holiday beverage.
The most and my favorite choice for eggnog is rum, which is a staple in most eggnog recipes. Adding a dark or spiced rum to the mix can add even more flavor and complexity to the drink while keeping its classic holiday feel.
Top off your eggnog with some brandy or cognac for an extra special touch. Both of these liquors will bring out the warmth and sweetness of the drink while adding a touch of class.
However, these are just a few of the many options you have for pairing your eggnog with an alcoholic beverage. If none of these appeal to you, there are plenty more out there to choose from.
So, go ahead and get creative with your eggnog this holiday season!