Creamy Eggnog Martini (2024)

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Celebrate the Christmas season with this creamy, decadently rich, and delicious Eggnog Martini. Just 3 ingredients and a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon will create a delicious co*cktail for your next holiday party.

This festive eggnog co*cktail is perfect paired with holiday appetizers and desserts.

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Table of contents

  • Festive co*cktails for the Christmas Season
  • Why You'll Love This Eggnog Martini Recipe
  • Ingredients
  • How to Make the Perfect Eggnog Martini
  • Variations for Edge of Martini Glass
  • Recipe Tips
  • Recipe Variations
  • What To Serve With A Creamy Eggnog Martini
  • More Festive Drinks for the Holidays

Festive co*cktails for the Christmas Season

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Holiday decorations are making an appearance and Christmas carols are ringing in all the stores. It's that time of year when your favorite holiday drinks make an appearance that will help ring in the holiday season.

And to help get everyone in the holiday spirit these holiday co*cktails are a must! There's my White Christmas Margaritas for a little touch of tropical, or these light and bubbly Cranberry Mimosas but this creamy eggnog martini just might become my new go-to favorite.

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Three simple ingredients and a little shake or stir, garnished with a cinnamon stick and a little holiday glitter sugar on the rim of the glass, and you’ve got a delicious Christmas co*cktail for your Christmas party or the perfect drink to ring in the new year.

It’s a tradition in our family to have eggnog with a touch of rum on Christmas Eve but I think this just might be the start of a new tradition. This martini recipe is that yummy!

Why You'll Love This Eggnog Martini Recipe

  • This Christmas Martini is super simple to make - just 3 ingredients!
  • Extra creamy and delicious.
  • Just the right amount of eggnog to liquor.
  • Favorite holiday spices of cinnamon and nutmeg that you'd expect in eggnog.
  • Measure ingredients right into a co*cktail shaker with a jigger (shot glass).
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All you need are 3 simple ingredients plus a few spices to make this festive eggnog co*cktail.

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Eggnog - either homemade eggnog or store-bought eggnog can be used. Make sure it does not contain alcohol. As an option, you can also use dairy-free eggnog.

Vanilla-flavored Vodka - or opt for plain vodka or whipped vodka

Amaretto - or your favorite almond liqueur

Spices - a sprinkle of nutmeg (or even better grated fresh nutmeg) and cinnamon makes the perfect garnish.

Garnish - a cinnamon stick is an optional ingredient, as is a candy cane, but they both add pretty seasonal touches.

How to Make the Perfect Eggnog Martini

First, prepare the edge of the martini glass:

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  1. Dip the rim of the glass in a bit of vanilla vodka or regular vodka. Make sure not to overload the rim as it will drip down the glass.
  2. Pour some silver sugar onto a small plate then dip the wet rim of the martini glass into the sugar. Optionally, dip into a flat plate of cinnamon sugar in place of the silver sugar.

For the Eggnog Martini:

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  1. Pour eggnog into a co*cktail shaker.
  2. Add vanilla vodka.
  3. Pour in Amaretto.
  4. Finish with a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.
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  1. Add a little crushed ice.
  2. Shake it up for 30 seconds to chill the mixture.
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  1. Strain into the prepared glass.
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Now garnish with a cinnamon stick or candy cane. Indulge in this egg nog martini while getting cozy in front of the fireplace. This martini has all the rich, creamy texture and taste of traditional eggnog, with hints of vanilla and hazelnut and a nice kick of cinnamon. Enjoy, stay warm, and happy holidays! Cheers!

Variations for Edge of Martini Glass

Dip the rim into caramel sauce then into cinnamon or cinnamon sugar.

Wet the rim with maple syrup then dip into brown sugar with cinnamon.

Recipe Tips

  • Purchase a quality eggnog or make your own homemade eggnog as this is the main flavor of the co*cktail.
  • Chill the martini glasses in the freezer for about 30 minutes before serving. This will help keep the co*cktail cold.

Recipe Variations

There are so many ways to customize this holiday martini. Here are some ideas for flavoring this co*cktail:

  • Hazelnut - Use Frangelica in place of Amaretto for a pop of hazelnut.
  • Caramel - Try caramel vodka or cinnamon vodka as a substitute for vanilla vodka.
  • Cinnamon - Use cinnamon syrup as an Amaretto replacement.

Here are some other favorite eggnog martini choices:

  • Traditional Rum Eggnog Martini - using rum in place of vodka
  • Brandy Eggnog Martini - with brandy to replace vodka
  • Bourbon Eggnog Martini - substitute bourbon and orange liqueur for vanilla vodka and Amaretto
  • Eggnog Espresso Martini - with spiced rum, Kahlua and espresso

What To Serve With A Creamy Eggnog Martini

Charcuterie - the savory flavors of lighter cheeses and meats contrast well with the creamy, sweet richness of this festive co*cktail

Appetizers - Spiced Nuts, Tart Cranberry Sauce Meatballs, acidic Bruschetta, or these cute and super tasty Pinwheel Sandwiches.

Desserts - light crispy cookies without too much sweetness like Orange Pistachio Biscotti and Almond Cloud Cookies or go for a spicy cake like this Gingerbread Cake

More Festive Drinks for the Holidays

Peppermint Patty co*cktail with chocolate and Kahlua for delicious mocha flavors.

Pecan Pie co*cktail served as shots in a caramel pecan-rimmed shot glass.

Pumpkin Spice White Russians are great for fall and holiday co*cktail hours.

Cranberry Apple co*cktail with vodka and cinnamon sugar rim.

Find the best co*cktail recipes for any season here on 2CM!


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Creamy Eggnog Martini

Celebrate the holidays with this creamy, decadently rich Eggnog Martini. Just 3 ingredients & a few pinches of spice will create the perfect co*cktail for the Christmas season.

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Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 co*cktail

Calories: 276kcal

Author: Linda Warren


  • 4 ½ oz eggnog
  • 1 ½ oz vanilla vodka
  • ¾ oz Amaretto
  • Pinch each of nutmeg & cinnamon
  • Garnish: silver sugar nutmeg, cinnamon stick


  • Dip rim of glass in a little vanilla vodka then into silver sugar.

  • In a co*cktail shaker, combine eggnog, vanilla vodka, Amaretto, and a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

  • Add a little crushed ice and shake.

  • Strain into prepared glass and enjoy!



  • Purchase a quality eggnog or make your own homemade eggnog as this is the main flavor of the co*cktail.
  • Chill the martini glasses in the freezer for about 30 minutes before serving. This will help keep the co*cktail cold.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 211mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg

This post has been updated with new photos and step-by-step directions. It was first published on December 7, 2018.

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What alcohol goes best with eggnog? ›

While brandy is the most traditional alcohol to pair with eggnog, according to traditional recipes, you can also use a mixture of dark rum and Cognac. If you like your eggnog with more of a kick you can also add bourbon, but we recommend sticking to rum and Cognac to preserve the 'nog's flavors.

Can I use vodka instead of rum in eggnog? ›

It's a fabulous addition to any Christmas party, quick enough to shake up for unexpected guests, and a festive way to drink your holiday eggnog. Unlike most eggnog recipes, this version skips the dark spirits and rum and uses vanilla-flavored vodka instead.

What is the best rum for eggnog? ›

Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum

"When choosing a rum, I personally find a spiced rum to be the best for the flavors incorporated in eggnogs," he said. "Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum is best for its quality and flavor profile.”

What liquid goes with eggnog? ›

However, there are a few things to consider when making your purchase at the liquor store.
  • Brandy: Makes the Most Traditional Eggnog.
  • Rum: Blends Seamlessly, Keeping the Eggnog Flavor Intact.
  • Bourbon: Eggnog With a Kick.
Nov 16, 2023

What is eggnog with alcohol called? ›

"Tom and Jerry is a form of hot eggnog [co*cktail] that was once popular." The Tom and Jerry was invented by British journalist Pierce Egan in the 1820s, using brandy and rum added to eggnog and served hot, usually in a mug or a bowl. It is a traditional Christmastime co*cktail in the United States.

Does whiskey or vodka go with eggnog? ›

Whiskey and bourbon are also great matches for this subtly spiced sip. Both of these spirits work well with holiday flavors like vanilla and spice, so adding a dram to your mug of eggnog is as natural as pairing peppermint with chocolate. Be sure to use a good whiskey that you enjoy sipping on its own.

Can you just add rum to store bought eggnog? ›

If you're looking for a traditional approach, spike store-bought eggnog using your favorite liquor like brandy, bourbon, or rum. This super-simple recipe makes six 6½-ounce servings.

Is Crown Royal good in eggnog? ›

Egg-cellent Eggnog Tips

Rum – I like dark rum in eggnog (Myers's is what I usually buy), but spiced rum would also be fabulous. Whiskey – I typically use Crown Royal, but use what you like or keep on hand.

Is dark or light rum better for eggnog? ›

Eggnog is typically made with rum, brandy or bourbon, and Brown likes to start with a combination of dark rum and cognac. But there's no need to go premium; he recommends using an affordable, high-proof VS cognac. The higher alcohol level will cut through the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients.

Is Bacardi rum good in eggnog? ›

As synonymous with the holiday season as Mariah Carey, BACARDÍ Eggnog is Christmas in a cup – or in a glass in this case. Made with BACARDÍ Spiced rum it's just like melted ice cream; smooth, creamy and sweet but with a gentle kick of nutmeg spice.

Can you put Malibu in eggnog? ›

- Rum Eggnog - Ingredients: 2oz Malibu Coconut Rum, 6oz Milk, 1 tsp Powdered Sugar, 1 Egg, Nutmeg.

What's the best whiskey to put in eggnog? ›

Made with eggs, sugar, spices, and of course, whiskey, this rich and creamy beverage is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. To make Wigle's spiked eggnog, we recommend using a good quality whiskey like Yule Tidings but other whiskeys will be equally delicious. Wigle PA Bourbon eggnog is also highly recommended!

Are Fireball and eggnog good? ›

Fireball eggnog may become one of your new favorite Christmas drinks. The popular cinnamon whiskey is a fantastic base for this classic holiday co*cktail. It gives eggnog a touch of warm spice, subtle sweetness, and an inviting aroma that's sure to put everyone in a festive mood.

What type of brandy is best for eggnog? ›

For the brandy eggnog, Korbel VS was the brand of choice, and it produced a perfectly balanced drink. This eggnog had a nice sweetness in every sip, which paired admirably with the creamy egg base.

How to make store-bought eggnog better? ›

How to Spike Store-Bought Eggnog. Aim for a ratio of about five-to-one of eggnog to your selected spirit for the best flavor. For each 8-ounce glass, add one shot (1.5 ounces) of alcohol.

Does eggnog taste better with alcohol? ›

The amount of alcohol put in eggnog has no written rule, but it tastes best with 1 part spirit for every 5 parts eggnog. The alcohol takes away the rich and sweet taste of the eggnog, so if you're looking for a more bitter drink you can add extra alcohol.

Is vodka good in eggnog? ›

A warm cinnamon spice twist on a holiday classic, Fireball Eggnog is sure to become one of your favorite Christmas co*cktails! Made with rich, creamy eggnog, cinnamon whiskey, and a splash of vanilla vodka, this beverage is boozy, sweet, and delightful.

What liquor is in Evan Williams eggnog? ›

Evan Williams Egg Nog

Our Original Southern Egg Nog is made with smooth Kentucky Bourbon and real dairy cream.

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