Rum Eggnog: Two Recipes for the Holiday Favorite

Rum Eggnog

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 glass (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
589 Calories
34g Fat
11g Carbs
32g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 glass (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 589
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 936mg 312%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 32g
Calcium 159mg 12%
*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 always a hit around the holidays and there are many ways to make it. Rum is one of the better options for the liquor because it adds a sweetness that contrasts the drink's eggy flavor.

When it comes to making Rum Eggnog, you can choose to go the traditional route or mix up a quicker version with a delightful twist. We have both recipes for you to try out.

Rum Holiday Eggnog Recipe

This first eggnog recipe is a classic way to make eggnog and it features Mount Gay Eclipse Rum.

It uses both egg whites and yolks and they're separated to create a slightly more intense version of an easier Eggnog. It is worth the extra effort and the almond extract is an excellent addition that rounds off the flavor.

This will make a single drink and can be adapted to fit a small crowd if you don't want to drink alone.


  • Rum Holiday Eggnog Recipe
  • 1 large egg (separated)
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 ounces Mount Gay Eclipse Rum
  • Garnish: grated cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Easier Than Eggnog Cocktail Recipe
  • 1 1/2 ounces DonQ Anejo Rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces ruby port
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg

Steps to Make It

Rum Holiday Eggnog Recipe

  1. Gather ingredients.

    Egg nog ingredients
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  2. Separate the egg into two bowls.

    Separate eggs
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  3. Beat the yolk until stiff.

    Beat the yolk
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  4. Beat the white with 1 teaspoon sugar until peaks form.

    Beat in white sugar
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  5. Slowly fold the white and yolk together.

    Fold the white and yolk
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  6. In a separate bowl, beat the cream with the almond, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon sugar until stiff.

  7. Slowly fold the cream into the egg mixture.

    Fold cream in mixture
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  8. Add the rum and stir gently.

    Add rum to mixture
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  9. Refrigerate overnight, or serve immediately over ice in a punch or martini glass.

    Refrigerate mixture
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  10. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

    Finished egg nog
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  11. Serve and enjoy!

(Recipe from Mount Gay Eclipse Rum)

Easier Than Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

Considerably easier than the first recipe, all you need is a cocktail shaker to create this eggnog.

Easier egg nog ingredients
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  1. Combine the DonQ Anejo Rum with the ruby portsimple syrup, and the egg in a shaker.

    Combine ingredients
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  2. Dry shake (without ice) to combine the ingredients.

    Rum Eggnog Process Shot
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  3. Add ice and shake vigorously a second time.

    Shake ingredients
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  4. Strain into a white wine glass and dust with nutmeg.

    Easier Than Eggnog Final
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

(Recipe from Charles Joly of The Drawing Room in Chicago for DonQ Rum)


  • We recommend testing out a single batch first and then scale up to a larger batch for the holidays, so that you can make any personal tweaks or adjustments as needed.

How Strong Are These Eggnog Drinks?

Eggnog has a reputation for creating a few drunk guests at holiday parties, but it's not the eggnog's fault! Most eggnog is relatively light in comparison to drinks like the Classic Martini that can be upwards of 62 proof.

Most of the time, it is simply your co-worker's or brother-in-law's fault for having a little too much nog that night (or someone overpoured). The proof is in the numbers, because the first eggnog recipe is a mild 14 percent ABV (28 proof) and the second weighs in at just 17 percent ABV (36 proof).