How much rum to add to eggnog?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How much rum to add to eggnog?” as well as methods to spike eggnog using rum alone or with a mixture of rum and bourbon.

How much rum to add to eggnog?

If you have bought a quart of egg nog, you would need to add 6 ½ ounces of rum to it. You can also mix Cognac along with dark rum too before adding them to eggnog.

If you wish to have a flavored drink, add a little bit of bourbon to the eggnog as well. After mixing the Cognac and rum as well as adding them to eggnog, top them up with nutmeg. You can also add grated orange peels too.

What exactly is eggnog?

Eggnog is a sweetened milk beverage that contains alcoholic beverages as well. It can also be called a milk punch. The main ingredients added to eggnog would include sugar, milk, cream, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks.

How to spike eggnog with rum?

Spiked with rum


  • 10 eggs
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (ground)
  • 1 quart half and half
  • 15-16 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ½ cup whipping cream


  • In a bowl, add egg yolks, nutmeg, rum, and sugar. With a lid, cover the bowl and place the bowl in the fridge after mixing well.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites. Add in the sugar and mix them well. Add in the egg yolk as well. After mixing well, add half and half to the mixture and beat it as well.
  • Store the mixture in sealed containers and place it in the fridge. Shake the container well before consuming.

Spiked with rum and Bourbon


  • 10 eggs
  • ½ cup Bourbon
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla bean (halved lengthwise)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup of rum
  • Ground nutmeg for topping


  • In a bowl, combine the egg yolks, vanilla seeds, sugar, and salt. The bowl should be able to withstand heat or a higher temperature.
  • In another bowl containing a simmering bowl, place the mixture containing egg yolk. Whisk constantly. Add in the bourbon, rum, and milk. Mix till the mixture becomes thick. Remove from the source of heat.
  • Beat the egg whites and sugar by using an electric mixer. Add this into the bourbon mixture.
  • In another bowl, whisk the cream and add it into the mixture containing bourbon. Top up with nutmeg.
  • Place the egg nog in sealed containers inside the fridge. Shake well before using.

What are some tips to keep in mind before preparing eggnog?

  • Eggnog can contain raw eggs. As a result, it is not recommended to be consumed by pregnant women or immunocompromised individuals.
  • You can also substitute uncooked eggs for cooked eggs. It is important to remember to heat the eggs gradually and stir the eggs gently. Avoid scrambling them as this can cause your eggnog to develop lumps.
  • You can also use pasteurized egg whites or egg yolks to prepare eggnogs.
  • If you wish to consume a more potent version of eggnog, increase the amount of rum or any liquor to 1 cup. The amount of heavy cream added would also need to be increased by ¾ cup too.
  • Eggnog can stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • If you are employing heat to the eggnog, make sure to employ low heat to it.

Is it necessary to serve eggnog chilled?

No, it is not necessary to serve eggnog chilled. It can also be consumed warm though usually it is served cold. Eggnog is usually served cold because it becomes thicker and tastes better being chilled.

To prepare warm eggnog, beat sugar along with salt in a bowl. On another bowl, beat egg whites and keep aside.

Place the milk, cream, and vanilla over medium heat but take care to not boil them. 

After the mixture appears to simmer a bit, add them into the egg yolk mixture. Add the cognac along with egg whites and mix well. Top them with nutmeg and serve.

Other FAQs on Rum that you might be interested in.

Can you age eggnogs?

Yes, you can age them. Use a ratio of 2:1 for this purpose, that is 2 parts dairy and 1 part liquor. If this is too much alcohol for your taste, increase the amount of cream being added.


In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How much rum to add to eggnog?” as well as methods to spike eggnog using rum alone or with a mixture of rum and bourbon.