Bourbon Eggnog

Bourbon eggnog for a holiday party

The Spruce Eats / Teena Agnel

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
311 Calories
15g Fat
28g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 311
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 6g
Calcium 87mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Eggnog is great and homemade eggnog is even better. Despite common misconceptions, made-from-scratch eggnog is not difficult or time-consuming. This Bourbon eggnog recipe will show you just how easy and delicious eggnog can be and you can use it to keep the holiday tradition alive.

Eggnog is typically made with eggs, sugar, spices and a base liquor (traditionally rum or brandy) and there are many eggnog recipes available. The origins of eggnog can be traced back to the 17th century and it has been a Christmas favorite ever since.

A whiskey-based eggnog like this one is best with a good, spicy bourbon. The flavors of the bourbon pair well with the holiday spices and create interesting layers of flavor. This recipe also features a little brandy and orange liqueur to create even more dimension and, in that respect, it is not your average eggnog.

This recipe is extremely easy to make and it is far better than any prepared eggnog you will find at the market. It is delicious, flavorful and a great way to impress friends and family during the holiday season. 


Steps to Make It

Note: It's strongly recommended to make this eggnog a day before you need it. The extra time allows all of the tastes to marry and become one delicious and impressive drink.

Make the Eggnog

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for bourbon eggnog holiday party
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  2. Blend the eggs for 1 minute in either a mixer fitted with a whip attachment or a blender.

    Blend the eggs
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  3. Add the sugar and spices and blend for an additional 30 seconds to incorporate.

    Add sugar and spices
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  4. Slowly add the liquors and blend another 30 seconds.

    Slowly add liquers
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  5. Add the milk and cream and blend 1 minute more.

    Add milk
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  6. Cover and refrigerate.

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Serving the Bourbon Eggnog

This eggnog recipe will yield about eight 4-ounce drinks. If you want more, simply double or even triple the recipe.

  1. Portion out 4 ounces of eggnog into a champagne flute or teacup.

    Eggnog in cup
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  2. Grate fresh nutmeg or cinnamon over the top (optional).

    Grate nutmeg
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  3. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve and enjoy
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Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.

Are You Worried About Drinking Eggs?

Millions of people have survived drinking eggnog and other egg drinks and it is very rare that anyone gets sick from the eggs alone (eggnog-induced hangovers do not count!). However, it is understandable if you're a bit wary of drinking raw eggs. Put your mind at ease and know that there are a few things you can do to make sure your eggs are safe. If you like, you can even choose an egg substitute (though the drink really isn't the same).

If the thought really does bother you, skip the eggnog completely! There are many other traditional Christmas drinks that you can mix up instead.

How Strong Is This Bourbon Eggnog?

We often hear the horror stories and running jokes about someone having a little too much eggnog at the Christmas party. It may surprise you to learn that the average eggnog is actually quite light (unless, of course, you add too much liquor). 

When made according to this recipe, your eggnog should be right around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). This means that one cup of eggnog should be about as strong as a glass of wine.