7 Types Of Alcohol That Pair With Eggnog Flawlessly

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In terms of seasonal beverages, I think there are three things we can all agree on: spring is for Rosé, fall is for Pumpkin Spice Lattés, and winter is for boozy eggnog — which is definitely what I'm most excited for this holiday season. If you agree, you're going to want to know the types of alcohol that go best with eggnog so you can start to stock up. You're going to want to greet this holiday season with a fully prepared liquor cabinet because 2016 is almost over, and considering it was the worst year ever, that is definitely something to celebrate.

The milky, sweet, warmth of a glass of eggnog is the perfect after dinner treat. And because eggnog really only gets one month out of the year to shine, it's important to take advantage of its in-season while it's here. Because no matter how much you like the drink, you're probably not going be making them for yourself at any other time of year. A late summer night eggnog? No, it just doesn't work. There's just something about its flavor profile that feels just right for December.

So head to the booze shop and try out some of these different eggnog mixers. Experiment with different options and find the combination that you love best.


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If you like your drink strong, bourbon will pack the punch and is a serious crowd-pleaser. Its smokey flavor will stand out over the sweetness of the eggnog. If you're looking for a drink that tastes alcoholic, this is your mixer.


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If you've been meaning to get into brandy but have never found the right mixer opportunity for it, this might be right for you. The flavor is strong, so if you're hoping to keep your eggnog sweet, you might want to mix in a bit of syrup or sweetener to perk it back up. But if you're looking for a stiff and serious eggnog drink, brandy is your mixer.

Spiced Rum

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While a lot of people love the taste of rum in everything, the combination of diary and rum here is a bit overwhelming for some. If rum is your drink of choice, it will be fine for you, but if you're looking for something that sneaks up on you, this is not your subtle mixer. This is really more of a "BAM!" kind of mixer.


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Some people are partial to whiskey over bourbon or vice versa. The truth is, the both work just fine with a spiked eggnog. So if you have a cabinet full of whiskey, don't bother buying bourbon, whiskey is every bit just as smokey and delicious.


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The hardy bite of scotch is surprisingly delightfully dulled by the sweetness of eggnog. Mix the two together for a tango of bitter and sweet.


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This is really more for flavor than for a boozy kick. If you're looking for a mild cocktail that still feels adult, this is your mixer. Another option is to mix this with another brown liquor to make it more potent. Cognac adds a warm nutmeg-like flavor whatever you mix it with.

Peppermint Schnapps

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If you're looking for an extra special holiday boost, the addition of peppermint to this cocktail will really get your tastebuds feeling seriously festive. It might seem surprising that these two flavors go so well together, but valued taste tests (via Averie Cooks) prove it works.

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