Eggnog Martini

Garnishing an Eggnog Martini With Cinnamon and Nutmeg

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

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. Possibly the best part, though, is the fact 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.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 2 ounces eggnog
  • Garnish: ground nutmeg
  • Optional: Cinnamon stick (for garnish)

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 up 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.

    Eggnog Martini With Vanilla Vodka
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • 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. The amaretto will sweeten the drink, though you could add a small amount (about 1/4-ounce) of simple syrup if you like.
  • 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.