Rum Eggnog: Two Recipes for the Holiday Favorite

Rum Holiday Eggnog
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 glass (1 serving)
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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. The nice part about this smaller recipe is that you can try it out before deciding to move up to a big batch.

What You'll Need

  • 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
  • Grated cinnamon and nutmeg for garnish

How to Make It

  1. Separate the egg into two bowls.
  2. Beat the yolk until stiff.
  3. Beat the white with 1 teaspoon sugar until peaks form.
  4. Slowly fold the white and yolk together.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the cream with the almond, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon sugar until stiff.
  6. Slowly fold the cream into the egg mixture.
  7. Add the rum and stir gently.
  8. Refrigerate overnight, or serve immediately over ice in a punch or martini glass.
  9. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

    (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.

    To make this drink, combine 1 1/2 ounces DonQ Anejo Rum with 1 1/2 ounces ruby port and 1/2 ounce simple syrup in a shaker. Add 1 egg and dry shake (without ice) to combine the ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously a second time. Strain into a white wine glass and dust with nutmeg.

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

    How strong are these eggnog recipes?

    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). 

    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 589
    Total Fat 34 g
    Saturated Fat 14 g
    Unsaturated Fat 12 g
    Cholesterol 936 mg
    Sodium 354 mg
    Carbohydrates 11 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Protein 32 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)