Every Friday, the editors of Love& share what they will be imbibing over the weekend. From fancy-schmancy seasonal specialties to the easiest cocktail hacks, we’ve got you covered.

Spiking drinks may take you back to high school dances, keg parties, and figuring out how to unhook a bra with one hand, but these boozy ‘nogs up the sophistication a notch. Start off with store bought eggnog (Organic Valley is a good brand), because there’s nothing festive about salmonella. These recipes and proportions are just starting points. Add as little or as much liquor as you want depending on how thick and sweet you like your drink. Time to get your nog on.

Irish Nog

“Let’s make it Irish” definitely applies to Christmas eggnog. Irish Whiskey is usually a bit thinner in flavor than other brown spirits, so add Baileys to give it a creamier texture and sweeter profile. Top with a pinch of nutmeg.

4 parts Eggnog

1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey

½ part Baileys Irish Cream


Caribbean Nog

Many dark rums are already slightly sweet but smooth it out add and some depth with a glug of coconut cream.  And yes, you can top with a mini umbrella. Lightly dust with cocoa powder.

4 parts Eggnog

1 part Dark Rum, such as Goslings

½ part Coconut Cream, such as Coco Lopez


Beer Nog

Yes, beer nog is a thing. But it has to be a strong, dark beer—the kind that you can almost chew. Trust us, adding Miller Lite to your nog will land you on the top of the naughty list.

4 parts Eggnog

2 parts Dark Beer, such as Old Rasuptin Imperial Stout or Young’s Chocolate Porter

½ part Coconut Cream, such as Coco Lopez


Southern Nog

If you are nostalgic for the days of Wild Turkey, “Sweet Home Alabama,” and mullets, this nog is for you. Bourbon turns up the heat so balance it out with the mellow sweetness of maple syrup.

4 parts Egg Nog

1 part Bourbon, such as Woodford Reserve

Real maple syrup to taste


The Classic

If you want to keep simple, we’re not going to stop you. Use a midrange cognac (like Courvoisier—and throw one back back for Diddy) or a decent Brandy (like E&J XO). Don’t go wasting your Louis XIII on a nog cocktail.

4 parts Eggnog

1 part Cognac or Brandy