Not only is December 24th Christmas Eve Day, it’s also National Eggnog Day. Traditionally a dairy-based drink made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites and yolks, eggnog descends from “sack posset,” an English beverage made of eggs, milk and Madeira or ale, highly alcoholic and considered something of an upper class beverage. Aged eggnog is specifically an alcohol – generally rum – along with cream, egg, and sugar.
Here are a handful of creative variations on eggnog at spots all around the country. Happy holidays, indeed!
Sherry Egg Nog at VASO
This housemade seasonal Spanish sherry and tequila egg nog at the AC Hotel in Dublin, Ohio is a festive, frothy and creamy cocktail made with añejo tequila, Amontillado sherry, whole milk, sugar, heavy cream and freshly grated nutmeg.
Japanese Eggnog at Novikov
At Novikov in Miami, they are serving a Japanese Eggnog – aka Attakai Kangaewhich means “warm thoughts” – made with Frangelico, Suntory Toki whisky, Old Forester bourbon, Camus cognac , Diplomatico rum, egg, sugar, cream, nutmeg and milk.
Anonymous Eggnog at Egg Shop
Made with spiced rum, lemon, simple syrup and 1 whole egg, and served in a reindeer-shaped cup, the dairy-free eggnog at NYC’s Egg Shop should be on your holiday hit list.
Chai Rye Milk Punch at La Centrale
A delicious blend of spiced almond milk, chai syrup, Bulleit rye and bourbon, served in a crystal coupe glass with a sage leaf and clove, the Chai Rye Milk Punch at Miami’s La Centrale is a tasty seasonal treat.
Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau
Using vanilla ice cream for an extra creamy dairy base, the version at this New Orleans restaurant blends the ice cream with Old Forester Bourbon, vanilla and simple syrup, topped with grated nutmeg.
Don’t Nog It ’til You Try It at The Bar
Located at The Spectator Hotel, this 1920s speakeasy-inspired cocktail lounge, in Charleston is serving up an elevated twist on eggnog, a mix of house-made brown butter washed Striped Pig Spiced Rum and white chocolate-tarragon eggnog.
Frozen Eggnog at Refinery Rooftop
This month, Refinery Rooftop’s “Give a Sip” cocktail is the Frozen Eggnog. Comprised of Oakheart Spiced Rum, local eggnog, cinnamon, and nutmeg this is the perfect winter cocktail. Part of the proceeds will go towards Save The Children to give children a healthy start, an education, and protection from harm.
S+P Eggnog at Saxon + Parole
Don’t let the holiday season end without trying the S+P Eggnog at NYC’s Saxon + Parole, made with Bertoux brandy, almond milk, chai, all spice, vanilla, cinnamon, maple sugar, egg yolks and a star anise and grated nutmeg as a garnish. Yum!
Japanese Eggnog at Zuma
Another Japanese Eggnog to check out, this one at Zuma in Miami and NYC’s locations, is a spin on the traditional Japanese cold remedy, Tamagozake. Made with smooth Nigori Sake, Suntory Toki Whiskey and housemade Crème Anglaise, this chilled festive concoction is topped with a sprinkle of freshly shaved nutmeg.
Aged Egg Nog at Cherry Point
At this Greenpoint, Brooklyn spot, the eggnog is a boozy version made with bourbon, El Dorado 8 Year Rum, Cognac, egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, served as a 4 oz. pour in a coupe glass garnished with a cinnamon stick, and shaved nutmeg and cinnamon.
Baltimore Eggnog at The Cruise Room
At Denver’s Oxford Hotel, the Cruise Room – Denver’s longest continually running bar that opened the day after Prohibition was repealed – has a seasonal version with Madeira, Jamaican Rum, brandy, simple syrup, whole milk, whole egg.
Christmas Palm Tree Eggnog at Birds & Bees
Even though the sun is shining and the temps have barely dipped, the holidays are in full effect in Los Angeles. At Birds & Bees, the Christmas Palm Tree Eggnog is a piquant treat made with rye whiskey, mezcal, vanilla bean, a whole dried chili pepper, egg, sugar, whole milk, cream, nutmeg and cinnamon stick.
Plus…the Ponche Navideño at Maya
The Mexican Christmas Punch – or Ponche Navideño – at NYC’s Maya isn’t exactly an eggnog but it lands a spot on the list because it’s a traditional holiday cocktail that shouldn’t be missed. Made with blanco tequila, apple, mango, cranberries, pineapple, brown and white sugar and water, it’s garnished with cinnamon stick and star anise and served to friends and family during the holidays.
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