Easy Rum Eggnog

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Rum eggnog is a delicious and satisfying holiday cocktail. While you can mix it up in a traditional way, this recipe will have a glass of the frothy drink ready in minutes. It's a nice option for a quick eggnog fix after a busy day and is a great option to serve at holiday parties.

This rum eggnog recipe has a wonderful depth of flavors. By pairing an aged rum with ruby port, a dark, semi-sweet foundation is laid for the creamy drink. There's no cream, though. Instead, shaking a full egg gives the cocktail a luscious, velvety texture that's delightfully comforting. It's sure to put you in the festive mood and is a tasty way to enjoy the Christmas season with no extra fuss.


  • 1 1/2 ounces añejo rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces ruby port
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • Garnish: nutmeg (ground or freshly grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the rum, ruby port, simple syrup, and egg.

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  3. Dry shake (without ice) to combine the ingredients.

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  4. Add ice and shake vigorously a second time.

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  5. Strain into a white wine glass and dust with nutmeg.

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  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • An aged rum adds depth to this recipe and is highly recommended. You can also pour any gold or darker colored rum, though white rums don't have the same character that a drink like eggnog deserves.
  • Make sure your egg is fresh. Give the egg a quick test by placing the egg in a glass of water; if it sinks, it's fresh and will be safe to drink. Eggs that float to the top are too old and should be discarded.

Recipe Variations

  • Rather than ruby port, pour another dark liqueur such as amaretto, Frangelico, or Bénédictine. Any nutty or spiced flavors will complement the eggnog just as well as the port.
  • Pour brandy or whiskey instead of rum. Both are popular liquors for eggnog and will pair nicely with the port in this recipe, too.
  • You can try this eggnog with an egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters. These are typically made primarily of egg whites and will reduce the fat and cholesterol in the drink. The whites will create a creamy drink, it just won't have the "eggy" flavor that the yolks contribute.
  • Egg replacers designed for vegan and egg allergy diets will not work in eggnog. Instead, you'll want to use a dedicated vegan eggnog recipe.

How Strong Is an Easy Rum Eggnog?

Unless you overpour the liquor—which happens frequently—the majority of eggnog is about the same strength as a glass of wine. This recipe's just a little heavier than most with an alcohol content around 17 percent ABV (36 proof).

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