Get into the festive holiday spirit with this classic spiked eggnog! This recipe for Rum Eggnog is simple to make with only 2 main ingredients. The best part is that you don’t need any special equipment or bartending skills to make it!
Ok, so you may have already guessed it judging based off of my last two posts alone. I LOVE Eggnog. Do you see a trend on the blog this week? I may or may not have hopped on the eggnog bandwagon. HARD. And I mean, pumpkin spice in September kinda hard. From posting two different ways to whip up your very own homemade eggnog – one classic and one healthy – to this perfectly spiked eggnog cocktail to an eggnog martini recipe that’s just as delish as ALL OF THE ABOVE, you would think I have had my fair share of eggnog for the year by now. I’m done. I’m satisfied. I got my fix. WRONG. Add rum to my eggnog and baby, there’s no telling how many of these bad boys I can down before Christmas!
I get it. The holidays are tough. And busy. I mean, adulting is hard as it is without the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Am I right? And sometimes, all you want to do is to relax. You know, enjoy yourself. Pat yourself on the back for not forgetting what to put under the tree for Charlie this year. Curl up with a good Christmas movie or book. Make your favourite holiday dinner with a holiday drink in hand. You can. You’re allowed. In fact, you earned it!
So, roll up your sleeves and kick back your feet, because this festive spiked eggnog is especially good when you know that it takes no more than 5 minutes to make. Let’s go!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE FOR RUM EGGNOG
The two main ingredients you’ll need to make this festive holiday cocktail are, well, rum and eggnog. Let’s discuss them in a little bit more detail down below:
- Rum: Adds warmth and depth to the cocktail, complementing the rich and creamy eggnog. I personally like using spiced rum as it has been infused with various spices and has more of a tasty flavour profile. However, your favourite rum or any rum you have on hand, will work in this recipe. Normally, darker rums are traditionally used to make rum and eggnog cocktails.
- Eggnog: Why, of course! Eggnog is the star of the show in this recipe for rum eggnog. It has a rich and creamy consistency, making it the perfect base for this holiday cocktail. You can either make your own eggnog by following my easy recipe or use your favourite store-bought version.
- Ice Cubes: For chilling the cocktail – both as you shake it and as you sip it. Ice also helps dilute the drink slightly and contribute to its refreshing quality.
- Nutmeg (optional, but recommended): A warm and aromatic spice that pairs exceptionally well with the flavours of eggnog. Sprinkling a bit of ground nutmeg on top of this cocktail not only adds a festive touch but enhances the overall aroma and taste.
HOW TO MAKE SPIKED EGGNOG (KEY TIPS)
You can find full instructions for how to make this classic rum and eggnog in the recipe card down below, but here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:
- Use fresh and high quality ingredients. Choose a good quality spiced rum and fresh eggnog (bonus points for homemade!) for the best flavour. The better the ingredients, the better your cocktail will taste. And since there are so few, you’ll really taste each one shining through!
- Make sure you chill your spiced rum and eggnog properly before making the cocktail. This helps create a refreshing and well-balanced drink. EXTRA TIP: Serving the cocktail over ice helps maintain its chill and dilutes it slightly, providing a more balanced and enjoyable drinking experience.
- Shake well. When shaking the cocktail, do so vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This not only mixes the ingredients thoroughly but also helps to achieve a nice frothiness from the eggnog.
- Strain carefully. Strain the cocktail into the glass to remove any ice shards or small bits of spice that may not have fully dissolved. Most martini shakers come with a strainer for this purpose. Or, you can use a fine-mesh strainer or a Hawthorne strainer instead, if desired.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can adjust the ratio of eggnog to rum in a Rum and Eggnog cocktail based on personal preference, but a common starting point is 2 parts eggnog to 1 part rum. This ratio provides a good balance between the rich and creamy texture of the eggnog and the spiced flavour of the rum. However, you can certainly tweak the ratio to suit your taste.
Therefore, for a stronger rum flavour, choose a higher ratio of rum to eggnog. For a creamier taste, add more eggnog to the mix.
The best rum for eggnog largely depends on personal preference, but spiced rum or dark rum varieties tend to work well. Their rich and complex flavours complement the creamy and spiced nature of eggnog perfectly.
Yes, Captain Morgan is a popular choice for eggnog and the very rum I used in this recipe for rum and eggnog. Captain Morgan is a spiced rum, meaning it has been infused with various spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. These spice notes complement the rich and spiced flavours of eggnog quite well, making it an extra flavourful and festive cocktail combination.
You can serve eggnog with rum both warm and cold depending on your preference or the mood you’re going for. However, the more traditional way to serve eggnog with rum is serving it cold. You make the cold version by shaking or stirring the ingredients with ice and then straining the mixture into a glass. It’s refreshing and often enjoyed as a chilled holiday treat.
However, some people prefer to serve eggnog warm, especially during colder months. To make a warm version, you can heat the eggnog on the stovetop or in the microwave until it reaches your desired temperature. Then, add the rum and stir. This creates a cozy, comforting beverage reminiscent of a warm holiday drink.
- 2 oz. (60ml) Spiced Rum (or another rum of choice)
- 4 oz. (120ml) Eggnog*
- Ice Cubes
- Nutmeg, optional, for garnish
- In a shaker, combine the spiced rum and eggnog.
- Add ice cubes to the shaker.
- Shake the mixture well until it's nicely chilled, about 10-20 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg on top, if desired.
Try making your own Homemade Eggnog by following my easy recipe found HERE.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutrition is only an estimate and calculated using Nutritionix.
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