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Holiday Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

This creamy Holiday Eggnog Cocktail is the perfect drink to serve at your dinner party this holiday. With a beautiful balance of Kahlua coffee liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream mixed with old fashioned Eggnog, it provides a comforting refreshment that you guests will love.

Eggnog Cocktail
Eggnog Cocktail

Is Homemade Eggnog safe?

Homemade Eggnog can be made safely with fresh ingredients and the proper serving protocol. Eggnog is made with egg yolks which are much safer than the egg whites, and because it goes through a heating process any potentially harmful bacteria is eradicated.

If you do not wish to make your own Eggnog from scratch, you can opt for your favorite store brand like we did for this recipe. Nothing beats a fresh made eggnog, but the convenience of purchasing eggnog is optimal when serving large crowds.

What kind of alcohol goes in Eggnog?

Brandy is the traditional alcohol choice for eggnog, but combinations of dark rums and Cognac are also used with bourbon being added for an extra kick.

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This party drink is perfect for your holiday gatherings all through the fall and winter months.

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How do you serve Eggnog?

Stemless wine glasses and old fashioned glasses are popular choices when serving Eggnog. Glass mugs with handles are also a great idea given that it is a chilled drink that will sweat. Set these beauties out after dinner for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert cocktail.

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Delicious homemade eggnog cocktail is very pretty in a stemless wine glass with a bit of chocolate syrup inside the glass for fun.

Footed Irish coffee mugs are a bit less formal. The sugar spice rim is a nice touch. Made in the Irish coffee mug this drink has a much more casual and cozy vibe going for it.

What do you serve with Eggnog?

Eggnog is a traditional holiday drink with warm notes of dark amber alcohol that pairs beautifully with aromatic spices and garnishes. We are sharing some ideas for you to try out.

  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger spices
  • Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a cinnamon stick
  • Float some beautiful star anise herbs for a rustic holiday look and added flavor
  • Serve in a cinnamon and sugar rimmed glass
  • Add fresh minced vanilla bean
  • Make an espresso eggnog with cold brew and kahlua
  • Drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce
  • Serve with mini gingerbread cookies
Eggnog Holiday Cocktail

Holiday Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

This is a simple holiday drink that is perfect for a party punch bowl if you are hosting a crowd. We chose to combine two liqueurs with our favorite eggnog. A bit of coffee and cream is just right with Eggnog.

Ingredients For Eggnog Cocktail
Main ingredients for eggnog cocktail.


TIP: When selecting the eggnog be sure to read the label. The only ingredients you should see are milk, sugar, vanilla, eggnog, water, and nutmeg. Avoid preservatives or thickeners for the best experience with this drink.

Rim the Glass

With some simple syrup and a mixture of cinnamon and sugar

  • Wet the rim of a glass with simple syrup.
  • Turn the glass over on a plate sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.
  • The sugar and cinnamon will grab onto the wet rim and form a sweet rim to compliment your eggnog drink.

The Method

Here is your visual walkthrough of making this cocktail.

This is a delicious holiday drink that compliments any dessert table. We enjoy serving it alongside traditional holiday cookies such as shortbread, sugar cookies, and gingerbread. Enjoy!

Your Printable Recipe Card:

Homemade Eggnog Cocktail
Yield: 1 cocktail

Homemade Eggnog Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This decadent Homemade Eggnog Cocktail is the perfect drink to serve at your holiday party this year. This party drink has delicious kahlua and Baileys Irish Cream mixed with the yummy taste of old fashioned eggnog.


  • 1.5 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1.5 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 5 oz. eggnog


Rim the glass with cinnamon and sugar.

  1. Spread simple syrup on a small plate
  2. Mix 2 Tsp. cinnamon and 2 Tablespoons sugar on another small plate.
  3. Invert your glass into the simple syrup to wet your glass rim..
  4. Now invert the glass over onto a plate with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  5. firmly press the glass in until the rim is totally coated.

Make Eggnog Cocktail:

  1. Chill your glass in the fridge or freezer at least 15 minutes.
  2. Add ice to your cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour in the eggnog and both shots of liquor.
  4. Firmly push on the top of your cocktail shaker and shake at least 30 seconds to one minute until your cocktail is very cold.
  5. Top with whipping cream and sprinkle cinnamon on top.


Garnish Ideas:

  1. Spray a dollop of canned whipped cream to top
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top
  3. Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of your glass to form attractive patterns.
  4. Use a cinnamon stick as a stirring stick when serving this holiday cocktail.
  5. Rim the glass as shown in instructions above and the video.

Party Punch:

For every 10 guests you want to serve you will need:

  • 15 oz.Baileys Irish Cream (2 cups)
  • 15 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur (2 cups)
  • 2 quarts Eggnog

Mix it all in a large serving bowl and stir. Serve with a ladle.

Party Serving ideas:

  1. Set rimmed glasses near the bowl. (Make ahead and chill.)
  2. Canned whipped cream near the bowl.
  3. Chocolate syrup for garnishing the glasses if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 529Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 92mgSodium 82mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 0gSugar 49gProtein 6g

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This decadent Homemade Eggnog Cocktail is the perfect drink to serve at your holiday party this year. It has delicious hints of kahlua and Baileys Irish Cream mixed with the yummy taste of old fashioned eggnog.


Friday 13th of December 2019

Hi! This sounds delicious! Do you by any chance know the measurements if I am making a bowl of this? Like in a punch bowl for a party? Thank you!


Friday 13th of December 2019

Hi Elizabeth, I have updated the NOTES section of our printable recipe card with the punch proportions. Feel Free to adjust the punch to your preferences. I just did the math. Let us know how it goes and have a great party. Happy Holidays!


Saturday 26th of November 2016

Tried this today, so good! Thanks for the recipe. Love your drinking glasses, where did you get them? Cheers!

Kayti Lavergne

Saturday 26th of November 2016

Hi Lola! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed the drink! It's one of my favorites! Here is the link to the glasses that I used!I have put the affiliate link into the post for you. Have a great day!

Thank you again for trying the recipe and reviewing it!! :)

Jake Tyler

Friday 4th of November 2016

This cocktail looks amazing, Diane! I'm an eggnog lover too, and I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


Friday 4th of November 2016

I hope you enjoy it too Jake! Thanks for stopping by :)

Manila Spoon (Abigail)

Friday 4th of November 2016

With hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee - this delicious drink is right up my alley! Yum!


Friday 4th of November 2016

Hi Abigail, I agree completely. some of my favorite flavors in this drink!


Thursday 3rd of November 2016

Thank you Lane & Holly

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