Peppermint Egg Nog

It’s almost Christmas and the weather is cooling off quite a bit here in the Midwest. But sometimes hot chocolate just doesn’t do the trick to warm these old bones. If you’re looking for good holiday drink to get you all toasty on the inside, you’ve come to the right place.

This one is quick and easy and there’s no raw egg. Therefore I suppose it’s safe, in moderation. And if you lack moderation, please don’t drive. Get yourself an Uber or just stay put.

What you need:

  • 1/2 sugar
  • 1/2 maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint
  • 1/2-1 cup cognac
  • 1 qt southern comfort classic egg nog
  • Extra peppermint for the glass

What you do:

The hardest part of this drink is getting the peppermint to stick to the rim of the cup. It’s a real pain in the butt. I tried water, but that didn’t work so you’ll have to use maple syrup.

First–make your peppermint simple syrup


  • Bring your sugar, water and maple syrup to a boil
  • Add in th crushed peppermint (you can crush it yourself or you can cheat like I did and buy it already crushed)
  • Turn heat down to medium/low and let the mixture simmer
  • Stir frequently until the candy starts to melt so the candy doesn’t stick
  • Once it’s all liquified, let your syrup cool

Second–mix it all together


  • Do not mix in your syrup until it’s cooled completely
  • Pour your egg nog, simple syrup, and cognac into a pitcher
  • Mix well
  • Taste and add more cognac if you’re a drunk 😜
  • I personally went with 1 full cup, but if you want something on the lighter side I’d suggest only adding 1/2 cup

Third–rim your glass

 Again, this was the most difficult part of the process.

  • Pour the crushed peppermint into a saucer or some other flat surface
  • Coat your cup rim with maple syrup
  • Dip the cup into the crushed peppermint

Honestly, this part is completely unnecessary, but it makes for a great presentation. My glass turned out really sticky though because I got so frustrated with the peppermint not sticking that I basically rolled the entire glass in maple syrup.


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