December 24, 2021

It’s Christmas Eve and those who celebrate the Christmas holiday are anxiously anticipating a few days of family, friends, and feasts! Eggnog is often part of these festive meals as it’s traditionally a holiday favorite in the United States and Canada. This rich, egg- and dairy-based beverage is often consumed alone or used in holiday baking. But this sweet treat is also a wonderful base for cheery cocktails. And since Christmas Eve is also #NationalEggnogDay we wanted to share some inventive and tasty holiday cocktails made with eggnog.

Escoffier Chef Instructor Stuart Stein is co-founder of Transformation Spirits, a distillery based in Louisville, KY. Chef Stuart was more than happy to share with us two merry mixes using eggnog as a base.

Escoffier Chef Instructor“The richness of the eggnog perfectly balances the botanicals of the gin creating a warming cocktail that is both festive and brooding at the same time.”
Chef Stuart Stein, Escoffier Online Chef Instructor

See the recipes below to enjoy these creative concoctions at your holiday gathering!

Eggnog Martini

  • 1 oz Transformation Spirits London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Eggnog
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • Garnish: Nutmeg and Cinnamon
  1. CHILL martini glass.
  2. FILL a shaker half way with cracked ice.
  3. POUR in gin, eggnog and amaretto.
  4. SHAKE 15 seconds, strain into a martini glass and garnish with ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon.
Eggnog Martini

To download and print the recipe, click here: Eggnog Martini Recipe.

Gin Eggnog Cocktail

Serves 6

  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 oz Granulated Sugar
  • 8 oz Milk
  • 6 oz Heavy Cream
  • 4 oz Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 2 oz Transformation Spirits Bourbon Barreled Gin
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Garnish: Star Anise and Cinnamon Stick
  1. SEPARATE egg yolks and egg whites.
  2. MIX the yolks with 2 oz sugar, milk, cream, rum, creme de cacao, gin and vanilla. Whisk well until combined and chill.
  3. MIX in a separate bowl mix the egg whites with 1 oz sugar and beat until foamy and soft peaks form.
  4. FOLD egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until combined.
  5. POUR eggnog into 6 rocks glasses and garnish with star anise and cinnamon stick.
Eggnog Cocktail

To download and print the recipe, click here: Gin Eggnog Cocktail Recipe.

Chef Stuart also helped curate great meal and beverage pairings in an article published earlier this year: Don’t Drink on an Empty Stomach – Dishes to Pair with Classic Cocktails. While he is a culinary arts instructor with Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, as evident by his side hustle, his passion for everything food and beverage runs deep.

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