A festive Christmas cocktail like this eggnog vodka martini is a great way to spread holiday cheer. For an easy mixed drink that tastes and smells like Christmas, this recipe for a martini with classic eggnog and vodka is a delight. It is creamy, rich, spiced, and not your traditional eggnog alcoholic drink.
Eggnog is a sweet seasonal non-alcoholic drink made of milk, cream, sugar, eggs, and spices. Since eggnog homemade or store-bought is a drink enjoyed so much at parties, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and other holidays, it is a great mixer for the winter season. And if you want to stay up late to try and sneak a peak of Santa, caffeine up your cocktail with a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini.
With flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, eggnog is a great beverage to mix with vodka to make the best holiday martini. Plus add a delicious caramel cinnamon rim and this eggnog martini is all you and Santa need for a cheerful Christmas.
Ingredients for Eggnog Martini
Some of the best cocktails are made with only a few ingredients, and this is one of them. To make this easy eggnog martini recipe you only need 4 ingredients, including the fancy & sweet rim. The best vodka for an eggnog cocktail is either regular unflavored, vanilla or whipped cream flavored. You will also need eggnog, caramel syrup, and cinnamon.
You can also add whipped cream as an optional ingredient to top this sweet dessert martini. If you love the bottled Kirkland eggnog liqueur from Costco, this is the homemade recipe for you.
There is no brandy or whisky in this eggnog cocktail which makes it a great twist for your holiday party. Regular or whipped cream vodka makes for my favorite spiked eggnog recipe.
Best Eggnog to Make a Cocktail
You will need either homemade or store-bought egg nog. The best eggnog to use when making a mixed drink is simply whatever you like the most. You can also use vegan, lactose-free, or dairy-free eggnog to make this recipe. They all work great when mixing up some alcoholic eggnog to sip.
I have never made homemade eggnog so we buy it from the store to make this cocktail. Buy whatever is your favorite or is available in your area. We like to make cocktails, such as this martini recipe, using any of the following favorite brands including Crystal, Trader Joe's, Lucerne, Borden, Walmart, or Darigold eggnog.
How to Make an Eggnog Martini with Vodka
Begin gathering all the equipment you will need to make this recipe. For this quick vodka martini, you will need a martini shaker, shot glass, and 2 martini glasses. You will also need a small plate that has a diameter wider than your martini glasses. The plate is where you will be pouring some caramel and sprinkling on the cinnamon that will be for the rim of your glasses.
Prepare the Martini Glass Rim
To make a gooey sweet rim for your martini glasses, you will be using caramel syrup and cinnamon. To your plate, add some of the caramel sauce. Next, sprinkle some cinnamon on top of that caramel.
Turn your martini glasses upside and dip them into the circle of caramel and cinnamon that is on the plate. Roll them around in the sweet goodness so that all edges of the martini glasses are coated with caramel. Once you turn the glasses right side up, the caramel and cinnamon will begin to drip a bit down the sides of the glasses. If you use a very thick caramel it may not drip down the sides but most store-bought caramel sundae syrups will drip down.
It may be a bit sticky to touch, be warned. But trust me it is worth that extra cinnamon caramel taste for this eggnog martini. This is a dessert cocktail for a special occasion so you really are not looking to skimp on the sweet factor here. Live it up and go for all the flavor for a to-die-for cinnamon caramel eggnog martini.
How to Mix an Eggnog Vodka
To mix up a few drinks, begin with filling a martini shaker halfway with ice cubes. Next pour in the eggnog. Now follow with the vodka, either regular or whipped cream flavored.
Shake up the ingredients in your martini shaker for 10 seconds. The eggnog martini ingredients will now be mixed and chilled. Remove the small top of the shaker. Using the strainer on top, pour half of the vodka eggnog cocktail into each of the prepared martini glasses.
How to Serve an Eggnog Martini
To enjoy a fresh mixed eggnog vodka martini, the caramel cinnamon rim is a great extra. This cocktail is so fun to serve with other holiday recipes, desserts, cookies, candies, and cocktails. Eggnog martinis go great with other sweets and Christmas treats so leave the worries behind and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. If you love this sweet creamy cocktail you will definitely also love my SALTED CARAMEL ESPRESSO MARTINI.
For some additional recipe variations for this Christmas cocktail, try one of these following garnishes or alternatives. They will jazz up the eggnog martini and make it your own:
- For the caramel sauce, instead of cinnamon, sprinkle on some homemade fun colored sugar
- Instead of a caramel rim, dip the glasses into chocolate syrup
- Add a cinnamon stick to the drink
- Top it with some fresh whipped cream & a dusting of nutmeg
For some other sweet treats to serve at Christmas with this eggnog cocktail, try some of these recipes. These are great Christmas-themed cocktail & dessert recipes perfect for a holiday potluck, brunch, dinner, cocktail party, or any Xmas gathering.
What Does Eggnog Taste Like?
After all this, you may be wondering what eggnog tastes like. To put it in a fun manner, it tastes like Christmas. The creamy texture is rich, thick, and a bit spicy thanks to the cinnamon & nutmeg. With hints of vanilla too, eggnog tastes like a warm comforting creamy drink that is spiced & tasty.
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Eggnog Vodka Martini
- Martini Shaker
- Martini Glasses
- 6 ounces Eggnog
- 3 ounces vodka regular, vanilla, or whipped cream
- 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ice cubes
- To a plate that is wider than your martini glass rims, add the caramel sauce. Next, sprinkle the cinnamon on top of that caramel.
- Turn your martini glasses upside and dip them into the circle of caramel and cinnamon that is on the plate. Roll them around in the sweet goodness so that all edges of the martini glasses are coated with caramel.
- To a martini shaker, fill it ½ way with ice cubes. Pour in the eggnog and vodka.
- Put the lid on the martini shaker and make sure it is on tight. Shake for 10-15 seconds to combine together and help chill all the ingredients.
- Remove the small top strainer lid from the martini shaker. Using the strainer top, pour half of the mixture into each martini glass.
- Cheers - enjoy!
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