3 Steps To Spike That Store-Bought Eggnog

It’s that time of year when we not only think about drinking eggnog but also the most effective way to spike it

By: Tiff Christie|December 14,2022

As sappy as it might sound, after the year we’ve all had, there is something reassuring about the idea of gathering with friends and drinking eggnog. Sweet and creamy, with a hint of spice, eggnog is a reminder of simpler, calmer times.

But if you’re anything like us, just the thought of making eggnog from scratch is just too tiring. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not hard to make. But realistically, those ten minutes could easily be spent on absolutely anything else. And who are we not to get it pre-made, when the nice people from the dairy company have gone to all the trouble of making it and stocking it in our grocery store.

Yet even with the spices, it’s fair to say that if you’re going to drink this sort of seasonal, sweetened dairy, you’re not doing it for the taste – you’re doing it for the booze. So how do you take store-bought eggnog and give it that enough holiday spirit to get you through this silly season? Glad you asked …


Step #1: Not all spirits are holiday spirits

When you think of boozy dairy, you most often think of brandy and while brandy is good, if you want to ramp up the flavour a bit a combination of cognac and rum, trounces brandy every time. While it sounds like it should be an old wives tale it is true that rum and Cognac combined both do their bit to preserve the ’nog’s flavours.

Step #2: Keep it to the middle of the road

Now if know anything about dark rum and Cognac, you’ll know that there are levels, Jerry, levels. Expensive rums and Cognac are great but not in mixed drinks. But you don’t want to go to the other end of the scale either. Dairy can mask a lot but it’s not a miracle worker, so stay as far away from the cheap and nasty as you do from the high end of town. Anice middle of the road (or in this case budget) will do fine. Look for something like a  The Real McCoy 5 Year, or an El Dorado 8. For Cognacs, check out Pierre Ferrand Ambre or Germain-Robin Craft Method.

Step #3: What is the golden ratio for spiking?

The golden ratio for this little bit of holiday cheer is 1 to 5. Just to be clear, that’s one part booze to 5 parts eggnog (definitely not the other way around). And once you’ve mixed it all up, ensure that you serve it with flair. Top each glass with a dash of nutmeg and maybe a cinnamon stick for added flavour. Happy holidays!

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