Creative eggnog ideas to transform the tastiest holiday beverage

Universal Orlando Holiday Eggnog sold at the Holiday Tribute Store, photo by Cristine Struble
Universal Orlando Holiday Eggnog sold at the Holiday Tribute Store, photo by Cristine Struble /

With these creative eggnog ideas, you’ll learn to love that holiday beverage.

While some people crave cookies and milk, creative eggnog ideas could be the tastiest way to toast the season. Although opinions about eggnog vary, it is a holiday beverage staple. From flavoring a latte to just a glass with a sprinkle of nutmeg, it isn’t the holiday season without eggnog.

Eggnog can be served in various ways. Although some people prefer making a recipe from scratch, the Southern Comfort Eggnog is one of the best store-bought versions around. The rich, but not too sweet eggnog is a favorite with young and old.

In addition to just pouring a glass of Southern Comfort Eggnog straight from the carton, why not add a little adult twist to the beverage. Keeping with the theme, a splash of Southern Comfort 100 proof adds some warmth and makes the eggnog a slow sipper.

When considering adding Southern Comfort 100 proof to the Southern Comfort Eggnog, it is best to use a light hand. The idea is to enhance the eggnog, not overpower it with liquor.

Also, consider adding a few more spices to the mix. From some freshly ground nutmeg to even a cinnamon stick, it is about creating layers of flavors in that holiday beverage.

The creative eggnog ideas aren’t limited to just the home kitchen. Universal Orlando has a tasty version in its Holiday Tribute Store. Served with a dark rum floater, the eggnog has lots of warm spices. Even on a warm Florida day, the cocktail is delightful.

Although not a traditional pairing, consider enjoying the Pecan Sticky Bun with that eggnog. In some ways, it could be the holiday brunch dish that you wish that your family would learn to appreciate.

If you are looking for a slightly different take on eggnog, the traditional Coquito could be quite enjoyable. The Puerto Rican holiday beverage is often part many people’s holiday celebrations as well as part of a Three Kings Celebration. Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays has their version of Coquito, but not everyone can enjoy the Disney Magic at the Disney Parks this year.

Although some people will make a version from scratch, Bacardi makes a pour and serve version. The coconut forward drink is slightly sweet yet rich and creamy. If you are drawn to tropical flavors, a Coquito might be your holiday beverage.

For a completely different take on a creative eggnog idea, Fernet Branca has created the Fernetnog. The Italian liqueur has seen a surge in popularity. While some people sip Fernet Branca as a digestif, the liqueur can elevate many cocktails. From a simple Fernet and cola to a Collins, the options are many.

In the Fernetnog, the cocktail isn’t quite as sweet as a traditional eggnog. With the herbs and botanicals from the Fernet Branca, the creative eggnog is more nuanced.

Here’s how to make the creative eggnog, Fernetnog.


  • 1 oz. Fernet-Branca
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 3 oz. Milk (whole milk preferred)
  • 2 dashes maple syrup
  • 1 large egg


Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Add ice and shake again until chilled. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Even if you prefer a slightly less caloric option, Aktins has a Peppermint Eggnog Martini recipe. At under 350 calories, it doesn’t mean that you have to run 10 miles to work off that sip. It is a fairly easy recipe and it tasty.

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These creative eggnog ideas are just a few suggestions to raise another glass of that holiday beverage. Since eggnog is only around during the holidays, isn’t it worth at least one glass?

What is your favorite holiday beverage?