This rich and velvety eggnog is packed with flavor while maintaining that classic eggnog flavor that just screams that it is the holiday season.
The best part is you can put this together in just minutes starting with a store-bought eggnog or you can spend a few extra minutes and make a homemade recipe from scratch.
Either way, both versions will be scrumptious because the Baileys will enhance all the flavors and create a cozy holiday treat.
Why This Eggnog and Baileys Recipe Works
Baileys Irish Cream pairs absolutely perfectly with eggnog. This velvety sweet liquor with hits of vanilla and chocolate blends perfectly with the creamy eggnog for an indulgent flavor and texture.
The rich flavor of Bailey’s and the added cinnamon, with the flavors of nutmeg in the eggnog, really kick up the drink, making a unique adult holiday beverage with a different flavor profile rather than using the traditional brandy or rum as the alcohol component.
The Ingredients You’ll Need To Make This Eggnog Cocktail
- Eggnog – You can use regular (richer) eggnog or a lighter version that is made with less cream and is usually less sweet. I figure, go big or go home – it’s the holidays after all. Regardless of which you choose, this Baileys Irish Cream eggnog will be scrumptious.
- Baileys Irish Cream – This post is not sponsored by Baileys. I just happen to like the flavor a lot. You can also make your own version, by following my very similar version that I like to include in my coffee from time to time! There are other similar makers of this type of creamy liquor so use the brand/type you prefer.
- Cinnamon: Use powdered cinnamon. Also, a touch of nutmeg is always nice as well.
- Whipped Cream: This ingredient is optional but it’s a delicious addition without a doubt. Use the type that comes in the spray can for convenience, but if you want to make your own, richer-tasting whipped cream from scratch, it’s very very easy to do.
How To Make This Eggnog Baileys Recipe
- Combine eggnog, Bailey’s, and cinnamon in a large measuring cup or pitcher depending on how many glasses you are making at once.
- Thoroughly whisk the ingredients until fully blended.
- Pour the mixture into your preferred serving cups, top with a generous dollop of whipped cream, and savor the delightful flavors!
- To top it off right, sprinkle some cinnamon over the whipped topping. Enjoy!
****Salty Pot Tip: Look below for all the exact ingredient amounts, recipe directions, and notes in the printable recipe card below.
Tips And Variations For This Eggnog Cocktail
Eggnog has a very traditional flavor but there are some things you can do to twist up the flavor and have some fun with it.
- This recipe uses cinnamon to put a twist on traditional eggnog. (It’s added along with the nutmeg that is a large part of what gives eggnog the flavors). Add a bit more cinnamon if you’d like a bit more seasoned.
- Try adding some vanilla extract or even paste for more warm flavors throughout the drink. Also, if you have some homemade vanilla extract, it can go a long way in adding even more complexity to your drink.
- If you want a fun twist, add some ice to a blender and whip it with the drink ingredients for a fun slushy (similar to my Advocaat Snowball Drink)!
- Add some chocolate shavings to the top of the whipped cream for even more decadence!
- For a warmer experience on a cold winter day, consider heating the eggnog in the microwave before serving, and finish it off with a decadent layer of fresh whipped cream.
What Can I Serve It With?
This would go splendidly with your holiday dinners, appetizers at your New Year’s party, or simply with some cookies on a cozy night at home (my personal favorite!).
Baileys and eggnog go well with sweet desserts and savory appetizers for a delectable holiday table perfect for any Christmas or festive party.
Serve it to any adults (along with this Spiced Rum Hot Chocolate) who are sitting around a warm outdoor fire in the winter if the weather is right. If you live in snowy northern climates like me, having warm eggnog and baileys after skiing or sledding is the perfect top for the evening!
If there are any leftovers from this Baileys and Eggnog drink, storing it the correct way is important. Because of the eggs and milk in eggnog, (especially if it’s homemade) you want to keep it refrigerated.
Storing the drink overnight or up until the expiration date of your eggnog can be done in an air-tight container to keep it from collecting the flavors and scents of other items in the refrigerator. Do not keep it past a few days of combining the two liquids.
Please do not freeze this cocktail for later use. It won’t freeze properly and it’s much better to make what quantities you want at the time you want to consume it.
Did You Try This Festive Holiday Cocktail?
I’d love to hear if you tried this eggnog baileys drink! What did you serve it with? Did you add anything else to the mix? Please leave a comment below and a *****star***** rating if you enjoyed this recipe!
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- 4 cups Eggnog
- ½ - 1 cup Bailey’s
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg (or both)
- Optional: Whipped cream
- You can chill each liquid component in the fridge for an hour before making the drinks if you want it chilled. If not, start with step two.
- In a large pitcher, combine the eggnog and baileys.
- Add the ground cinnamon.
- Using a whisk, combine everything together.
- Pour into serving cups and add whipped cream if you choose.
- Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon or nutmeg over top for garnish. Enjoy!
If you would like to serve this cocktail warm, heat the eggnog over medium-low heat in a heavy-bottomed pot until warmed through. Do not boil.
Remove from the heat and add the Baileys. The heat from the eggnog will warm the baileys. Add the whipped cream if using and serve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 12g
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.