Notable Nogs: 9 Boozy Eggnogs to Toast the Holiday Season

Eggnog is no longer just your grandparents’ drink or a carton-ed concoction you might pick up at the grocery store around Christmas. Now the classic holiday cocktail is getting trendy and tasty updates by mixologists. Here are nine boozy eggnogs for you to toast the holiday season.

Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
Served in the spirit of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the Egg Grog 2.0 arrives in a moose-head-shaped glass. It’s forged from the usual suspects, plus a festive trio of rum, cognac, and bourbon. Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie would definitely approve. Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.

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Merriman’s, Kamuela, Hawaii
The holiday punch gets a tropical twist. Made with a combination of coconut and whole milk, it’s powered by Licor 43 and Old Forester bourbon. It arrives in a carved coconut topped off with a cloud of whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Make a reservation at Merriman’s.

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Italienne, New York, New York
This is dessert in a glass. Honey sweetened and amped with Old Forester bourbon, the noggy Flatiron Flip is garnished with grated chocolate, pecan, and nutmeg. It reminds us of Kentucky Derby pie – no fork required. Make a reservation at Italienne.

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Westend Bistro, Washington, D.C.
Double the bourbon, double the fun. Made with Angels Envy and Buffalo Trace, this bracing bevvie packs a punch. Filled out with hard cider, allspice tincture, and spiced sugar syrup, it’s not your average eggnog. Make a reservation at Westend Bistro.

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312, Chicago, Illinois
Head bartender Jennifer Knott begins by infusing Banks 5 Island rum with apples, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise for a week. She shakes this Caribbean spirit with amaro, vanilla syrup, cream, and an egg. Served in a rocks glass, it’s finished with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Make a reservation at 312.

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Outlier, Seattle, Washington
Say hello to the Miracle on Spring Street. Amontillado sherry and Ancho Reyes’ chile poblano liqueur give it a hefty wallop. The finishing touch of shaved green matcha powder accented with star anise adds another dimension to the festive sipper. Make a reservation at Outlier.

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The Alembic, San Francisco, California
You want all the holiday feels? Try this not-your-average eggnog. It’s made with tequila reposado, oloroso sherry, and dry curacao. Make a reservation at the Alembic.

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The Daily Dish, Silver Spring, Maryland
Raise a glass to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. The nog-like Coquito is made with cream of coconut, evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla, nutmeg, and Puerto Rican Don Q rum. For each one sold, $1 will be donated to relief efforts. Make a reservation at the Daily Dish.

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Hudson’s, New York, New York
The Eggless Nog is just as luxurious as the traditional preparation. Vanilla pudding adds the silky texture and richness, while rum and Bailey’s Irish Cream give it the requisite punch. One sip and you’ll forget eggs were ever a part of the equation. Make a reservation at Hudson’s.

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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.

Photo credits: Joan Michel (Italienne); Adela Lee (Outlier).