Winter is here, and that means it's eggnog season. Don't settle for plain old boring eggnog. Instead, try out some of these six festive holiday eggnog cocktail recipes:

1. Gingerbread rum eggnog

1. Gingerbread Rum Eggnog

This spiked eggnog recipe tastes exactly like gingerbread cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup rum

Directions:

  • Crack eggs and separate egg yolks, placing them into a bowl
  • Whisk in sugar until the mixture is light yellow and creamy
  • In a large saucepan, mix the spices, salt, and vanilla together with milk and heat until simmering
  • Temper the egg yolks with the hot liquid by ladling a small amount of milk into the eggs while whisking
  • Place the mixture in a pan and bring the mixture to a simmer
  • Place a candy thermometer in the mixture and turn off heat once it reaches 160 degrees
  • Let the eggnog chill for four hours
  • Mix in the rum once chilled and top with cinnamon
2. Golden eggnog

2. Golden Eggnog

This yummy eggnog cocktail contains cinnamon and white rum.

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups white rum

Directions:

  • Separate the eggs and beat the yolks until stiff
  • Also, beat the whites with 1 cup of sugar until thick
  • Fold the yolks back into the egg whites and combine with the rest of your ingredients
  • Refrigerate overnight and then serve with cinnamon
3. Vegan chai eggnog

3. Vegan Chai Eggnog

This recipe is perfect for vegans -- the secret ingredient here is bananas.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles organic chai soymilk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup bourbon

Directions:

  • Pour the organic chai soymilk into a blender
  • Add the banana, nutmeg, bourbon and vanilla extract
  • Blend until you have a smooth, rich consistency
  • Pour into a glass and add ice cubes
4. Vanilla vodka eggnog

4. Vanilla Vodka Eggnog

This eggnog cocktail is similar to a white Russian, but with a cinnamon twist.

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-pint whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Beat the egg yolks in a large bowl until they lighten in color
  • Add the sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved
  • Add the milk, cream, vodka, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, stirring to combine
  • Chill and serve
  • Before serving, garnish with whipped cream
5. Jaegermeister eggnog

5. Jaegermeister Eggnog

This interested eggnog cocktail combines Jaegermeister with rum and spices.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Jaegermeister
  • 1 part rum
  • 1 part Amburana Cachaca
  • 1 part heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients in a shaker, and shake for 5 minutes
  • Then add ice, and shake vigorously
  • Strain into a glass and sprinkle with nutmeg
6. Mexican eggnog

6. Mexican Eggnog

This eggnog recipe contains both tequila and bourbon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part tequila
  • 1 part bourbon
  • 3 parts eggnog
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • In a shaker that's filled with ice, combine the tequila, bourbon, and eggnog
  • Shake well and serve chilled
  • Top with whipped cream
References
  1. "11 Cocktails Made with Eggnog to Get You into the Holiday Spirit," Mashable, December 8, 2017.
  2. "We're Bringing Eggnog Back: 10 Recipes That are Totally Worth Trying This Winter," Marie Claire, October 30, 2017.

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