Can You Put Whiskey in Eggnog? Let’s Find Out (2023)

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Eggnog is a classic and well-loved beverage always present during Christmas and other festivities. There can be countless eggnog recipes on the internet, but can you put whiskey in eggnog? 

Will the whiskey-eggnog recipe work, or will it be a waste? Let’s have a closer look. 

Does Whiskey Work With Eggnog? 

Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Whiskey surprisingly works with eggnog. Eggnog is a classic drink often served in holiday festivities, and most people with a sweet tooth would love it. It is made from cream or milk, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon stick, freshly grated nutmeg, and powdered sugar. 

When homemade eggnog is mixed with whiskey, it will create a creamy, bitter, and sweet drink you can do in mere minutes. Since it is a versatile cocktail, you can use different whiskeys like rye, Irish, bourbon, and Scotch. 

Whiskey Types That Work With Eggnog 

Whiskey Types That Work With Eggnog 

Rye Whiskey

Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey

Rye whiskeys can be spicy because of the high rye content, but it gives a savory flavor to your homemade eggnog. It is peppery, grassy, more aggressive, and has a signature spicy finish that mixes great with cream. 

It cuts the sweet taste of the drink and gives it a little kick that you cannot find in traditional eggnog. 

Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey can be your go-to option if you want a whiskey-eggnog that is easy to drink. Irish whiskey tastes light, fruity, and cleaner than other liquor types, so it will surely blend well with sugar, milk, cinnamon, and of course, egg.  

Its sophisticated profile will cut through the sweetness of the cocktail drink and very ideal for chill nights. 

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Bourbon Whiskey 

Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbons are sweeter than other whiskeys because they should contain at least 51% corn on their mash bill [1]. Its profile is rich in vanilla, honey, caramel, malt, and oak, so it is no surprise that it will be a great combination for the recipe.

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Scotch Whisky

Scotch whisky gives a lot of kick to cocktails because of the flavor profile of the alcohol. The strong smokey flavors and hardy bite of Scotch whisky dominate the creamy taste of the delicious cocktail. 

If you are into cocktail recipes with strong booze, a bottle of Scotch is a great choice. 

The Best Eggnog & Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

The Best Eggnog & Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 eggs (large)
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground allspice
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 4 oz whiskey
  • 2 oz cognac, brandy, or rum
  • 2 oz orange or vanilla liqueur
  • 12 oz whole milk
  • 8 oz heavy cream
  • Ice
  • Fresh nutmeg for garnish 


Beat the eggs in a blender for a minute, slowly add the sugar, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon, then blend for another minute. Keep the blender on, then add nutmeg, whiskey, cognac, milk, and cream until incorporated. 

Pour the mixture into a bowl and cover it before placing it in the refrigerator for chilling. Serve in a wine glass with ice, and put nutmeg on top of each glass. 

Serving: 8


How much whiskey do you put in eggnog?

In a 4 oz eggnog cocktail, you can use half an ounce of whiskey. A nearly half a shot of the distilled spirit can make the drink boozy but enjoyable. Some whiskeys are sharp and strong, which greatly balances the drink’s sweetness. 

What is eggnog with bourbon whiskey called?

Eggnog with bourbon whiskey is called bourbon eggnog. It is a sweet and classic cocktail with the right spice and warmth level that you can indulge in any festivities. 

So, Can You Put Whiskey in Eggnog? 

You can put whiskey in eggnog, and it’ll taste surprisingly delicious! The warmth and kick of whiskeys complement well with the sweetness and creaminess of eggnog. Whiskey-eggnog is versatile, so you can use rye, bourbon, Irish or Scotch whisky for the recipe. 

Have you tried whiskey in eggnog? How is it? Let us know by commenting down below. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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