Tis the season for festive beverages, and this gingerbread eggnog cocktail with and rum is sure to be a new holiday season favorite! Quick, easy, and elegant!
This easy cocktail recipe is made with homemade gingerbread simple syrup, store bought eggnog, and rum and comes together quickly.
If you’ve been looking for new cocktails for the holidays, want to have a signature Christmas cocktail to serve to family and friends, or just love a good boozy nog – this is the holiday cocktail for you!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This recipe uses real eggnog. No strange eggnog syrups here. We’re using the real deal to make our cocktail super rich, creamy, and festive.
Decadent and fancy. This eggnog cocktail looks elegant, feels fancy when drinking it out of a coupe or martini glass, and is the ultimate indulgent holiday cocktail.
- Eggnog – you can use store bought eggnog or homemade eggnog for this cocktail recipe. I use store bought because it’s convenient!
- Gingerbread syrup – this homemade gingerbread simple syrup is THE BEST. It’s super easy to make, customizable, and can be stored for up to 2 weeks in your fridge in an air-tight container.
- White Rum aka Clear Rum – this style of rum is light and mild, allowing it to accent (not overpower) your eggnog cocktail.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Step 1: Add ice, gingerbread syrup, and eggnog to a cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Add the rum to the cocktail shaker and place the cap on tightly. Shake vigorously until chilled (about 15 seconds).
Step 3: Divide contents of the cocktail shaker between two serving glasses.
Step 4: Option to top with a dash of ground cinnamon or nutmeg, or garnish with a gingerbread cookie.
Select an eggnog that you enjoy drinking on it’s own. Not all store bought eggnog is created equal. Select an eggnog that you like drinking on it’s own for your gingerbread eggnog and rum cocktail.
You have a few rum options for making a good boozy eggnog:
White Rum: White or clear rum has a very light flavor and a mild sweetness, allowing the gingerbread spices and eggnog to shine – this is the type of rum I use and recommend for this recipe.
Gold Rum: Gold or amber rum is a medium-bodied option which would be suitable for this gingerbread eggnog cocktail if you don’t mind the rum shining through a little more.
Spiced Rum: Since we are adding warm winter spices to our eggnog cocktail with the gingerbread syrup, spiced rum isn’t your best choice for this drink. However, if you are going to just spike eggnog with rum, using a spiced rum may be enjoyable for you.
I recommend using a coupe or martini glass for your gingerbread eggnog cocktails. Don’t have one of these? No problem! Serve in a lowball glass, white wine glass, or get cozy and rock a Christmas mug full of boozy eggnog.
You can use store bought eggnog or homemade eggnog for this cocktail recipe. I use store bought because it’s convenient!
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Gingerbread Eggnog Cocktail
- 1.5 oz Gingerbread Simple Syrup
- 3 oz White Rum
- 5-6 oz Eggnog
- Ice for shaking
- Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until chilled (about 15 seconds).
- Divide between two serving glasses
- Option to top with a dash of ground cinnamon or nutmeg, or garnish with a gingerbread cookie.
- Drink and enjoy!