Quick Brandy Eggnog

Brandy Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
217 Calories
6g Fat
12g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 217
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 212mg 71%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 8g
Calcium 76mg 6%
*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.)

A rich holiday treat, eggnog is a favorite drink for Christmas parties and other holiday gatherings. The secret to great eggnog is quality ingredients and it doesn't have to be difficult to make. While there are many eggnog recipes, this brandy eggnog is one of the easiest. With the same amount of effort you put into any other cocktail, a delicious glass of nog will be ready for you to enjoy in minutes.

For this recipe, you will need just four ingredients and a cocktail shaker. It's very similar to the eggnog you might get at the bar, with a perfect balance of brandy and satisfying creaminess. You'll find that it surpasses the taste of almost any pre-made eggnog you can buy at the store, too. Who knows, it may even bring some anti-noggers over to the 'nog side.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather ingredients.

    Brandy eggnog ingredients
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  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the brandy, milk, simple syrup, and egg yolk. Dry shake without ice.

    Add eggnog ingredients to cocktail shaker
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  3. Fill the shaker with ice, then shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to ensure the egg is well mixed.

    Add ice and shake until well mixed
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  4. Strain eggnog into cocktail glass
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  5. Add a dash of grated nutmeg or cinnamon as a garnish.

    Add nutmeg and cinnamon to eggnog
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Most brandies will make a tasty eggnog. Keep quality in mind and don't be too much of a cheapskate, though. A great eggnog deserves a nice brandy and there are good options available at all price ranges.
  • It is crucial that you use a fresh egg. Simply place it in a glass of water to test the egg's freshness. If the egg floats, discard it because that means the egg is too old. For any egg cocktail, only use eggs that rest on the bottom. This will ensure the best tasting drink and reduce the risk of salmonella.
  • If you like, you can use an egg yolk substitute, though a real egg does create the best tasting eggnog.
  • When shaking drinks with eggs, it's best to do two separate rounds of shaking. By starting out with a dry shake then adding ice and shaking longer and with more vigor than normal, it ensures that the yolk gets broken up and thoroughly mixes with the other ingredients. If your arms may hurt, that's the sign of a good shake.

Recipe Variations

Brandy is one of the traditional bases for eggnog, but it's not your only option. Rum has long been a favorite and many whiskies make a nice eggnog as well. In fact, this recipe is perfect for trying out all three liquors to see which you enjoy most. You will be amazed at the differences and the experiment is a lot of fun.

  • For rum, stick with aged or gold rums. White rums tend to get lost in the mix and spiced rums can be too much spice for some drinkers. This is especially true if you have digestive issues.
  • Whiskey is another story. Each style and each brand will create a different flavor profile in your eggnog. Bourbon, rye whiskey, and blended Canadian whiskey are preferred options but don't discount Irish whiskey.

How Strong Is This Eggnog?

Eggnog has a reputation for getting holiday revelers a little too tipsy. That may be due to drinking one cup too many or an overpouring host. In reality, this particular recipe is relatively mild and its alcohol content will fall around 14 percent ABV (28 proof). That's about the same as the strongest wines, so don't blame the eggnog.