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Ways to Make Your Eggnog Healthier

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Enjoy your eggnog with less guilt using these three tips

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Eggnog isn’t good for you, but there are ways to make it healthier.

The holidays are surely the best time of the year, but they’re undoubtedly filled with temptation. We’ve done our research, and amongst the candies, cookies, and boozy cocktails, eggnog is surely one of the most unhealthy holiday staples out there.

If you insist on enjoying the creamy cocktail and refuse to give it up, have no fear. There are ways to make your eggnog healthier.

Here are three ways to make your cup of nog a little less deadly.

Skip the Booze

We know, we know, the booze is the best part. With that said, a mere ounce of brandy can add up to 70 calories to your beverage. Look at it this way: If you drink less alcohol, you be won’t be as tempted to drunk eat the left over Christmas cookies.

Try a Milk Alternative

People are constantly debating about whether or not milk is good for you, but in our opinion, it’s better safe than sorry. Try almond or soy milk in your next eggnog recipe, and you may be surprised by how similar it tastes. (Some would go as far as saying it tastes better!)

Use Less Cream

Your average eggnog recipe calls for around a cup of heavy cream, also known as your calorie counts’ worst nightmare. We recognize that the cream is the ingredient that makes your cup of nog thick and delicious, but if you’re truly trying your watch your diet, cutting down on the cream is a good place to start.


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?


A Dozen Ways to Upgrade Your Eggnog

So we all know that store-bought eggnog is not the best, right? (See the results of our tasting here). If you want to serve the sweet frothy, boozy-ice-cream-in-a-glass during the holidays, you're much better off making it on your own. If you want to make it the old fashioned way, we've got a great hand-whisked recipe for it here. It's delicious, but no joke, it can be a bit of an arm workout, especially if you're making several batches.

If you happen to have a stand mixer, an immersion blender with a whisk head, or an electric handle-held mixer, you're in luck, because with those tools, you can get to take your noggin' into the 21st century with this recipe.

But hang on a minute. What's that? You're sick and tired of plain old nutmeg-scented 'nog?

Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, for we've got not one, not two, not even three, but a full dozen ways to upgrade your eggnog with a few simple supermarket staples. Any of these alterations will work with either the hand-whisked or the mixer recipe.

Is spice your thing? Gingersnap Eggnog adds a splash of ginger liqueur to the mix along with a sweet rim of ground gingersnap cookies. If you prefer your 'nog a little more savory, try the Maple Bourbon Eggnog, which—if you absolutely must—you can garnish with crispy bacon bits.

Swapping some of the milk with buttermilk adds an awesome tanginess to your eggnog which goes well with a bit of grated lemon zest for Lemon-Buttermilk Eggnog. I'm not one of the many pumpkin-inclined folks out there—the kind who'll use the winter as an excuse to shove pumpkins into the most unreasonable of places—but I would, however, partake in a Pumpkin Eggnog made with pureed pumpkin and some warm spices.

The smokiness of Scotch pairs nicely with light brown sugar in Butterscotch Eggnog, which should obviously be served with a big fat cigar. Or, if you're more like my wife and prefer something equally rich but far more tropical, you could go with Coconut Eggnog made with coconut milk, allspice, and toasted coconut flakes.

Speaking of coconut sweets, sometimes you just feel like a nut (or two), which is when you should opt for Double Nut Eggnog, made with peanut butter and a dash of hazelnut liqueur. For more straight-up hazelnut flavor combined with chocolate, a bit of Nutella mixed into your 'nog base will get you some sweet, sweet Nutella Eggnog. It's like eating the stuff straight out of the container but without the guilt! Strike that, it's got all the guilt, but at least it's got some booze mixed in there to help you deal with it.

Bittersweet chocolate melted into the cream forms the base for Chocolate and Spice Eggnog, which gets hit with cinnamon and a pinch of ground chilis. It's eggnog just like they drink in Mexico. or wait, strike that. That would be Rompope, the almond and vanilla flavored version.

Cappuccino Eggnog is made with double coffee—both brewed espresso and coffee liqueur go into its base.

I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.

And just because it rhymes with coffee, we'll do a Toffee Eggnog as well. Caramel in my 'nog? Yes please!

That's it from me. Get the base recipe here, and click through the slideshow to get detailed instructions for all the variations.

In the meantime, tell me: how do you guys like to juice up your holiday eggnog?