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Old 12-07-2010, 07:03 PM
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What type/brand of alcohol goes best with eggnog?

My primary brand of libation is Crown Royal whiskey. It goes okay with most flavors of eggnog (but not Pumpkin Spice flavor...eyyeww!!) but I get the feeling I could do better. Any recommendations?

(Please note, I'm not a big fan of rum or vodka...anything else goes, however.)
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:14 PM
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Brandy or bourbon. The wife prefers rum, but I always spike mine with Christian Brothers brandy or maybe a little Makers Mark bourbon.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:33 PM
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rum or brandy
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:52 PM
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I had some a couple years ago mixed with Berenjager. It was pretty good.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:30 PM
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I like to taste the booze in the eggnog so my choices are Dark Rum, Spiced Rum, or Brandy.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:54 PM
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That's Bärenjäger. Barenjager or Baerenjaeger if you don't have umlauts.

And I'm partial to dark rum or brandy.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:27 AM
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Peppermint schnapps works reasonably well if you want something festive.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:46 AM
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And I say brandy. Always use brandy, including of course any good cognac, in egg nog.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:50 AM
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I use brandy. Local (South African) brandy, which is as good as high-end cognac at a tiny fraction of the price.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:40 AM
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We use Kahlua, the coffee-flavored liqueur, and rum.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:43 AM
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Honestly, I didn't even consider any other type of liquor. Now I'm a bit curious - I'll have to try Brandy or Cognac....
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:55 AM
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I bought this pre-mixed Pennsylvania Dutch eggnog for a joke this year and was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. Not as sweet or tooth-coatingly sweet, it is made with Brandy, Whiskey AND Rum.

And I have a whole new appreciation for alcoholic egg nog and for keeping some in the 'fridge for a late-night nip!
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:05 AM
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I did a taste test a couple of years ago and indeed, brandy or cognac is the best, followed by bourbon. Rum, for some reason, tastes kind of harsh in egg nog.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:02 AM
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I like Meyers dark rum.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:21 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I knew about rum (which I detest, unfortunately) but brandy sounds interesting.

Can anyone recommend an excellent, inexpensive brand? ($30/liter, or thereabouts.)
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:01 PM
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See my previous. Christian Brothers make a perfectly serviceable brandy that is just the right sweetness to add to coffee, eggnog and the like. $7.99/750ml at my local Bevmo.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:05 PM
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My mother used rum--I'm not sure what brand. I thought it tasted nasty (and I tasted it accidentally--my parents didn't let me get bombed when I was a kid.)

It was effective though, particularly that Christmas Eve in '72 when she looked out the window and saw Santa.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:03 PM
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Southern Comfort, standard or 100 proof.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:08 PM
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I am also going to go with Brandy or Bourbon. I like the suggestion of Christian Brothers for Brandy, and will suggest Old Forester as the Bourbon. Makers or (other wheaty brands) would be good too, but I don't generally keep a bottle of Makers in the house.

Old Forester is a really fantastic bourbon for mixing in things that could stand to be improved with a bit of bourbon flavor. It's cheap enough so you won't mind wasting it as a mixer, and good enough that you will want to drink it.

My strong suggestion is that you put the liquor in the cup and the fill it up with eggnog rather than to add the liquor after you fill up the cup. I find that no matter how much you stir you can't really get them to mix properly if you add the liquor second and you end up with a top half a cup of strong eggnog and a bottom half a cup of virgin eggnog.

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Old 12-08-2010, 09:27 PM
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Irish Whiskey goes well with soy nog - I put it in the Silk brand with a generous dusting of nutmeg. Both Bushmills and Tullamore Dew work very nicely, and it significantly improves the flavor.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:35 PM
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I also dislike rum but Stroh rum from Austria is amazing; it tastes like butterscotch to me. It's the only rum like liquid I will consider drinking.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:24 AM
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I prefer brandy (Cognac especially) but, as I use brandy for no other purpose, I usually end up with my once-a-year nog spiked with spiced rum. This is also acceptable.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:39 AM
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Amaretto. I've used some pretty cheap stuff and it matters not.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:46 AM
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Heh, I was about to say "what, no one's mentioned amaretto yet??" but Jenaroph did, so all's well.

Eggnog and Kahlua sounds fantastic.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:49 AM
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I think a whole bottle of Glenfiddich, creamy, lightly spiced, eggnog punch made with Sterling's eggnog would be the best. You have to serve it chilled immediately in a large libby punch bowl, red candles, Holly and berries to centerpiece.

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:59 AM
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I put rye in it.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:09 AM
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I have never "poured" eggnog, I have only "scooped" it.

I think that is an important gastonomie. Punch Set: Ladle, bowl and demitasse... closely realated to the soup set.

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Old 12-09-2010, 11:22 PM
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Amaretto. I've used some pretty cheap stuff and it matters not.
I prefer whiskey, but on the liqueur theme, Drambuie or Benedictine work well.
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Old 12-10-2010, 03:50 AM
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I too think rye whiskey is best. Which is odd, because as a mixed drink I don't care for it, and like rum instead. But not in eggnog.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:57 AM
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We've always done the traditional Captain Morgan's spiced rum.
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