Get festive this holiday season with this creamy Martini with Eggnog! Made with vodka, simple syrup and a dash of nutmeg for the perfect warm twist, it’s a must make and tastes like Christmas in a glass!
It’s full fledged eggnog season over here. And yup, I have no shame. It’s that time of year when I try sticking eggnog in just about anything I can get my hands on. I mean, here’s my thought process: If it’s good, how good would it be eggnog flavoured… AM I RIGHT?! From lattes, to pancakes, to straight up cocktails, eggnog is going in anything and everything from now until the big man arrives (at least). It’s like an unwritten rule at Christmas time… if it’s not eggnog flavoured, I don’t want it! (Ok, maybe I’m slightly exaggerating just a litttttle bit…but you get my point).
One thing about me, also, is that I love getting festive AF, no matter what the occasion. If it’s valentine’s day, you best believe I’m showing up in a heart sweater. If it’s halloween, there’s a good chance I’ll be winning the best costume. And don’t even get me started on Christmas. Every red and green piece of clothing I’ve ever owned makes an appearance. Along with santa hair clips and reindeer earrings. Oh yeah, I go alllll out.
And so what screams Christmas or festive more than eggnog itself? Adding vodka to it and calling it a martini, of course!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE AN EGGNOG MARTINI
All you need are a few simple ingredients to bring this festive holiday eggnog martini to life. Let’s discuss them in a little bit more detail down below:
- Vodka: A clear and neutral spirit that forms the base of the martini. It’s has the ability to blend well with other ingredients without adding a distinct flavour. Choose a good-quality vodka for a smoother and cleaner taste.
- Eggnog: Adds creaminess and a touch of holiday flair to this martini recipe. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own eggnog at home with this classic recipe or this healthy recipe. However, store-bought would work just fine.
- Simple Syrup: Helps balance out the flavours from the rest of the ingredients by providing sweetness to the martini (without a grainy texture). You can easily make your own simple syrup yourself at home by dissolving equal parts of granulated sugar in water (see recipe card down below for more details).
- Ice cubes: Used in the martini shaker to chill and dilute the ingredients as they are shaken together. The cold temperature is crucial for a refreshing martini therefore, you don’t wanna skip these!
- Nutmeg: A warm and aromatic spice that complements the flavours of eggnog perfectly. Optional, however, it’s used as a garnish on top of the martini to enhance the festive and holiday character of the drink and provide a pop of colour.
HOW TO MAKE A MARTINI WITH EGGNOG (KEY TIPS)
You can find full instructions for how to make this easy eggnog martini in the recipe card down below, but here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:
- Ensure that you chill your martini glass thoroughly before serving. A chilled glass helps maintain the cold temperature of the cocktail. You can either place the martini glass in the freezer for at least 10 minutes or you can fill it up with ice and water while you make the martini.
- Use fresh and good quality ingredients. Choose a high-quality vodka for a smoother and cleaner taste. Similarly, opt for a good-quality eggnog with a rich and well-balanced flavour to enhance the overall profile of the martini. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, try making your own homemade eggnog!
- Be careful on the simple syrup. Eggnog is already sweet, so start with a smaller amount of simple syrup (or skip it entirely) and adjust based on your taste preferences. You can always add more sweetness later, but you can’t take it away.
- Shake the ingredients vigorously in the cocktail shaker. This not only blends the flavors but also helps to emulsify the eggnog, creating a creamier texture and frothier martini.
- Strain well. Double-strain the mixture when pouring it into the chilled glass. Use a standard strainer to catch the ice cubes and a fine mesh strainer to ensure a smooth and velvety texture.
- Serve immediately. Eggnog tends to separate over time, so serve the Eggnog Martini immediately after shaking for the best texture and presentation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Eggnog is a versatile and creamy holiday beverage that pairs well with a variety of spirits. Here are some popular alcohol options that mix well with eggnog: brandy, dark or spiced rum (see: rum and eggnog cocktail), bourbon, whiskey, cognac and of course, vodka, as you see here in this eggnog martini recipe. Flavoured liqueurs, such as peppermint schnapps or coffee liqueur also pair extremely well with eggnog.
Yes, vodka and eggnog can taste good together, especially if you enjoy a neutral and smooth base spirit in your cocktails. Vodka is a versatile liquor that doesn’t impart a strong flavour of its own, allowing the rich and spiced flavours of eggnog to shine through. The combination creates a creamy and slightly boozy drink with a festive touch.
A “Nogtini” is a playful and festive cocktail that combines the flavours of eggnog with the structure of a classic martini. So, it’s essentially an eggnog-based martini. The name is a portmanteau of “nog” from eggnog and “tini” from martini.
The exact recipe for a Nogtini can vary, but it typically includes ingredients like eggnog, a spirit (such as vodka, rum, or bourbon), and possibly a sweetener or additional flavourings.
Yup, you guessed it. This recipe for eggnog martini is, essentially, a nogtini!
Eggnog with alcohol is often referred to as “spiked eggnog” or simply “boozy eggnog.” This classic holiday beverage, which traditionally consists of milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, becomes “spiked” when mixed with alcoholic spirits. As mentioned above, the choice of alcohol can vary, with popular options including rum, brandy, bourbon, vodka, or a combination of these. The addition of alcohol not only adds a warming kick to the creamy and spiced flavors of eggnog but also makes it a festive and celebratory drink, perfect for holiday gatherings.
- 2 oz. (60 ml) Vodka
- 1 oz. (30 ml) Eggnog*
- 1/2 oz. (15 ml) Simple Syrup (adjust to taste)*
- Ice Cubes
- Ground Nutmeg, for garnish
- Chill the martini glass by either putting it in the freezer for 10 minutes or by filling it up with ice and water while you make the martini.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, eggnog, and simple syrup. Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker.
- Secure the lid on the shaker and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This helps to chill and properly mix the ingredients.
- Strain the shaken mixture into the chilled glass. Sprinkle a pinch of ground nutmeg on top and enjoy immediately. Cheers!
Easily make your own simple syrup at home. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool before using it in this martini and/or other cocktails.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g
Nutrition is only an estimate and calculated using Nutritionix.
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