Because there's more than one way to nog, and these unique recipes are the perfect excuse to have a boozy Christmas.
Eggnog is synonymous with the holidays not only because it is warm, sweet, and comforting, but also because it has enough alcohol to cure you of the winter blues and make your family seem less crazy. And while you could choose a traditional recipe, this might be your year to spice things up. In fact, we think it's a great idea to make all five of these recipes so that you'll be pleasantly tipsy by the time you've tried each one.
(But please, remember to always drink responsibly.)
You'll need to start this recipe a day early because it requires infusing your rum with nutmeg, but the delicious, warm flavors are well worth the effort. You'll also need a nutcracker (how appropriate). Depending on how rich you want this recipe to be, you can use either heavy cream or half-and-half. It also has brandy and vanilla extract for extra flavor. See the full recipe at Saveur.
Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)
This Caribbean favorite uses dried coconuts and anise for a slightly different flavor palette. You'll also use traditional ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and egg yolks, along with condensed and evaporated milk. This from-scratch recipe uses whole coconuts, which you'll need to drain and bake, so be prepared for a bit of a project. See the full recipe at Saveur.
Courtesy of Tasty-Yummies
This wouldn't be a complete list without an option for your vegan or lactose-intolerant friends and family members. This year, make sure everyone can enjoy the booze with this dairy-free alternative. You can either make your own cashew milk or use another dairy-free milk alternative. You'll also need coconut milk, raw cashews, dates, and all the classic spices to make this recipe come together. See the full recipe at Tasty-Yummies.
Mexican Eggnog with Cinnamon-Sugar Bacon
We probably never would have thought to pair bacon with eggnog if it weren't for this recipe, but there couldn't be a tastier combination. This recipe uses spiced rum and ground almonds for thickness. The warm, sweet bacon makes a great accompanying snack or dipping vehicle. See the full recipe at Thrillist.
Bourbon Chocolate Eggnog
Courtesy of Sydney Oland
There's nothing more comforting than chocolate -- except booze. Put them both together, and you've got a holiday treat worth binging on. Use bourbon instead of rum, add chocolate and cocoa powder, and garnish with shaved chocolate. Chocoholics, this one's for you.
What's your favorite eggnog recipe? Let us know in the comments.