There’s a schism between those of us who prefer store-bought eggnog (ew), and those of us who actually read the ingredient list on the side of the carton and prefer something homemade (it’s just better).
But no matter which way you take yours, the traditional recipe gets boring after a while. If you want to expand your ‘nog horizons, head out and try these area twists on the holiday classic.
The Drink: Snowbeard’s Rumfustian Eggnog
The Twist: More varieties of milk than you ever thought possible
The Biltmore Bar & Grille in Newton is serving Snowbeard’s Rumfustian Eggnog this holiday season. The eggnog mix for this thing contains evaporated milk, condensed milk, coconut milk, regular milk, and heavy cream, in addition to egg yolks, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. There’s a bit of a pirate theme going on with a splash of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum in the mix, as the drink was inspired by a children’s story about Santa’s swashbuckling younger brother. Biltmore’s assistant general manager Ginger Castrios explains it (and makes the drink) in the video above. 1205 Chestnut Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464, 617.527.2550
The Drink: Tom & Jerry
The Twist: It’s served hot
Ryan Lotz, Bar Manager at Boston’s No. 9 Park, calls their Tom & Jerry “the best eggnog you’ll ever have.’’ Setting it apart from the rest of this list is the fact that it’s served piping hot. The eggnog base is mixed with “warming spices’’ (allspice, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg), cognac and aged rum are added, and then the drink is topped with steamed milk and garnished with more nutmeg. Lotz says guests come in for it on the first snow of the year, but the drink is only served if the snow sticks. “We’re not trying to be difficult,’’ he says. “It has been a tradition since as long as I’ve been here and perhaps we’re a little superstitious.’’ 9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108, 617.742.9991
The Drink: Broken Snowshoes
The Twist: Fruit — orange juice and bonded apple brandy
As Alex Homans, bar manager at Brookline’s Fairsted Kitchen says, “Eggnog is integral to the holiday season, but flexible enough to take any form you want it to.’’ His Broken Snowshoes cocktail includes bonded apple brandy, orange juice, demerara syrup, Oloroso sherry, a whole egg, and a dash of angostura bitters. 1704 Beacon Street Washington Square Brookline, MA 02445, 617.396.8752
The Drink: The Irish Nog
The Twist: Beer
How about a pairing of thick, creamy eggnog and thick, creamy Guinness? M. J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub in Boston is serving this Irish Nog—a Mason jar full of Captain Morgan-spiked eggnog, with the famed Irish stout floating on top. Park Plaza, 27 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116, 617.482.2255; 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110, 617.443.0800
The Drink: Gingerbread Eggnog Martini
The Twist: Contains 2/3 of the Holy Trinity of Holiday Flavors–throw a peppermint stick in there and you’ve got it all covered.
Burtons Grill, with locations across Massachusetts, offers a Gingerbread Eggnog Martini for the holiday season. The drink includes Captain Morgan, Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur, and eggnog served in a martini glass rimmed with cinnamon and nutmeg. Locations in Hingham, North Andover, Burlington, Peabody, and Westford
The Drink: The Carriagetown
The Twist: Spiced bitters
The Carriagetown, served at No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits in Amesbury, takes the traditional eggnog, bourbon, and nutmeg and adds spiced bitters to the mix in true cocktail spirit. No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits, 37 Main Street, Amesbury Massachusetts, 978.792.5476