Cousin Eddie’s Irish Eggnog

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Cocktail History

The Cousin Eddie’s Irish Eggnog is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that we created as a spiked version of holiday eggnog. It was inspired by the iconic scene from the 1989 film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in which Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie enjoy eggnog in the moose mugs. Since their beverage was from the family punch bowl, it probably wasn’t very boozy, but if it were, we like to think it would taste something like this Irish take made with whiskey, eggnog, vanilla, and nutmeg.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Irish Whiskey: This is the base spirit. We used Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Whiskey because it features a smooth whiskey flavor with notes of milk chocolate, butterscotch, hops, green apple, and pear.

Eggnog: This is a rich sweetened beverage made with milk, cream, sugar, egg yolk, and whipped egg white. You can make eggnog from scratch, but we used Organic Valley Eggnog.

Vanilla Extract: This is a sweetener that adds vanilla flavor. We used Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract.

Chocolate Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with cocoa and botanicals. We used Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters because they have sweet chocolate flavor with notes of caramel and baking spices.

Grated Nutmeg: This is the garnish. It’s sprinkled on top to add a hint of flavor and spiced aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Cousin Eddie’s Irish Eggnog features aromas of nutmeg and Irish whiskey and has a taste that blends the malty, heady eggnog flavor with the spirituousness of dark Irish whiskey rounded out by a hint of chocolate, which is all finished with a rich, sweet eggnog flavor.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We definitely recommend trying this recipe if you’re craving some spiked nog for the holidays. It is so tasty!

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Though this is little more than eggnog with whiskey in it (and whose uncle didn’t try to make small batches of this every Christmas?), it’s really tasty. The dash of chocolate bitters and the tiny hit of vanilla are the tricks; they add enough additional flavor and sweetness to soften the harshness of the Irish whiskey and make the whole thing extremely palatable.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Eggnog is another holiday beverage that I didn’t grow up drinking at Christmas, and even though I’ve had it several times in adulthood, I still shy away from it due to its high egg content and overall heaviness. That said, this boozy version Alex dreamed up in honor of one of his family’s favorite Christmas classics is delicious! I really liked the addition of whiskey even though it’s not a spirit I drink often, and the vanilla and chocolate notes were great additions to round out the other flavors. Make this in a moose mug soon, and it just might become a Christmas staple at your house too!”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Irish Whiskey
 8 oz Eggnog
 2 dashes Vanilla Extract
 1 dash Chocolate Bitters
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Add whiskey, eggnog, vanilla extract, and chocolate bitters to a lowball glass or moose mug.

2

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

3

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Irish Whiskey
 8 oz Eggnog
 2 dashes Vanilla Extract
 1 dash Chocolate Bitters
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Add whiskey, eggnog, vanilla extract, and chocolate bitters to a lowball glass or moose mug.

2

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

3

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Cousin Eddie’s Irish Eggnog

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this holiday-themed cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Sugar Cookie Cocktail Recipe

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Candy Cane Martini Cocktail Recipe

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