The chances of my getting through the holiday season without buying at least one container of egg nog are basically zero. It's such a creamy, indulgent treat and I've loved it since I was a kid. But, as an adult, I find I need to cut the sweetness a bit. Fortunately, adulthood comes with the ability to pour bourbon into it.
My go-to for many years was Scotch whiskey and eggnog but this year I tried balancing the flavors a bit more. The strong hit of whiskey and the super sweet nog needed something more in order to work together. A touch of strong almond liqueur, like Amaretto, provides the balance and the almond flavor works beautifully with the eggnog. I also gave it some spice with ground cinnamon and ginger for a holiday flavor.
This drink only uses a couple of ounces of nog so it's bourbon forward which leaves room for a hit of extra sweetness from a sugared rim. Dell Cove Spices makes a Christmas blend rim sugar that adds a festive red and green holiday touch to this white cocktail. If I'm expecting company, I rim a few glasses ahead of time and keep them in the freezer. Guests always love the way this looks...and, of course, the way it tastes. Cheers!
Yield: 2 Servings
Spiced Bourbon Almond Nog
prep time: 10 minscook time: total time: 10 mins
Recipe for a bourbon cocktail flavored with almond liqueur and eggnog.
3 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Almond liqueur
4 oz. Egg nog
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon ground ginger
For the Rim:
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
Pour a tablespoon or two of the rimming sugar into a shallow bowl. Brush the edges of two cocktail glasses with the corn syrup and roll them around in the rimming sugar. Place in the freezer for a few minutes while you assemble the cocktail.
Add the bourbon, almond liqueur, eggnog, cinnamon and ginger to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake well. Pour into the prepared glasses.
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I love, love, love, the addition of the spices. Now I must buy eggnog.ReplyDelete