Eggnog Martini

Eggnog Martini

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
262 Calories
3g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 262
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 118mg 3%
*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.)

Get in the holiday spirit and mix up a delicious eggnog martini. This recipe is very simple—requiring just three ingredients—and it's ready in minutes. It's a fabulous addition to any Christmas party, quick enough to shake up for unexpected guests, and a festive way to drink your holiday eggnog.

Unlike most eggnog recipes, this version skips the dark spirits and rum and uses vanilla-flavored vodka instead. Amaretto adds a nice nutty sweetness that also gives it a more universal appeal. But the best part might be that it uses store-bought eggnog. While you can make it from scratch, when the holidays are in full swing, you have to love the convenience of picking up a carton of eggnog at the store.

"It's hard to beat this eggnog martini if you're looking for a festive after-dinner drink. The amaretto adds just the right amount of sweetness, and it pairs nicely with a Christmas cookie. You can batch this cocktail in a pitcher for a party and shake a couple of servings at a time." —Laurel Randolph

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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for an Eggnog Martini
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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vanilla vodka, amaretto, and eggnog.

    Mixing an Eggnog Martini
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  3. Shake very well (at least 20 seconds).

    Shaking an Eggnog Martini
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  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and dust with ground nutmeg. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if you wish. Serve and enjoy.

    Garnish an Eggnog Martini
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  • It's always a good idea to give the carton of eggnog a good shake before pouring it.
  • Ensure that your glass is well-chilled before straining the drink—a little time in the freezer is the best method for thick cocktails like this. It's a simple step that keeps your eggnog colder longer.

Recipe Variations

  • Rather than the store-bought eggnog, it's easy to make eggnog from scratch. No extra steps are involved because you can do it in the same shaker while mixing up the martini. Simply add 1 1/4 ounces of milk and an egg yolk to the shaker along with the vodka and amaretto. Shake it vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • You can also use leftover homemade eggnog or vegan eggnog in this martini recipe.
  • Switch out the amaretto for Frangelico for a slightly different nutty flavor.
  • Go back to a traditional eggnog base liquor if you prefer one over vodka. This martini tastes great with brandy, rum, or whiskey and you can find vanilla-flavored versions of all three.
  • For a lighter martini with a different flavor profile, use a cinnamon syrup as an amaretto substitute. Ginger syrup is another great option.
  • You can also dress up the martini by adding a cinnamon-sugar rim before straining the cocktail.

How Strong Is an Eggnog Martini?

This martini is lighter than most. In fact, it's about the same strength as a glass of wine, weighing in around 15 percent ABV (30 proof). That's due to the high volume of nonalcoholic eggnog and the fact that most vanilla vodkas are bottled at 70 proof rather than the standard 80 proof.