Of all the myriad holiday foods and drinks, the most divisive has to be eggnog. Beginning in November, grocery store aisles become flooded with cartons of the commercially-made, non-alcoholic version—an advent that is typically met with either delight or disgust depending on the shopper. If you yourself are a member of the anti-nog camp, we invite you to keep an open mind. The store-bought stuff that most people are used to is a weak imitation of the real deal—rich, heavy cream, fresh milk and eggs, warming spices, a bit of sugar, and a generous pour of bourbon whiskey. That version comes from a recipe with European origins that, upon being brought to America, evolved with the invention of Bourbon whiskey into the holiday mainstay that it is today. 

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, here are our top three eggnog recipes using on the best Texas bourbon whiskey:

Bananas Foster Bourbon Eggnog

Creamy eggnog made with Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, bananas, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 Oz. Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon 
  • 4 Each Egg Yolks
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar, Divided
  • 2 Cups Milk, Whole
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ Cup Bananas, Pureed
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ tsp. Nutmeg, Freshly Grated & Divided
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1 Cup Whipped Cream
  • Garnish Banana, Sliced

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and 1/3 cup of brown sugar until combined.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat up the milk, heavy cream, bananas, vanilla, 1 tsp. of the nutmeg and cinnamon on medium heat until it is simmering.
  3. Remove the cream mixture from the heat, then slowly pour the hot cream into the egg yolks while mixing.
  4. Return the mixture back to the saucepan and bring it to 160⁰F. 
  5. Remove it from heat and fold in Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, then refrigerate until chilled to make the banana’s foster bourbon eggnog.
  6. Pour an even amount of the banana’s foster bourbon eggnog into 4 glasses and top with an even amount of whipped cream.
  7. Sprinkle on the remaining brown sugar and nutmeg, then top each glass with a banana slice.

Salted Caramel Bourbon Eggnog

Creamy eggnog made with Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, heavy cream, caramel and fresh nutmeg, garnished with sea salt.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 Oz. Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
  • 4 Each Egg Yolks
  • ½ Cup Caramel Sauce, Divided
  • 2 Cups Milk, Whole
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg, Freshly Grated
  • 1 Cup Whipped Cream
  • Garnish Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and 1/3 cup of the caramel sauce until combined.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat up the milk, heavy cream, vanilla and nutmeg on medium heat until it is simmering.
  3. Remove the cream mixture from the heat, then slowly pour the hot cream into the egg yolks while mixing.
  4. Return the mixture back to the saucepan and bring it to 160⁰F. 
  5. Remove it from heat and fold in Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, then refrigerate until chilled to make the salted caramel bourbon eggnog.
  6. Garnish the rim of the glasses with caramel sauce and sea salt, then pour an even amount of the salted caramel bourbon eggnog into 4 glasses.
  7. Top each glass an even amount of whipped cream and drizzle with the remaining caramel sauce.

Amaretto Bourbon Eggnog

Creamy eggnog made with Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, amaretto liqueur, heavy cream and fresh nutmeg.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 Oz. Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
  • 4 Each Egg Yolks
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar, Granulated
  • 2 Cups Milk, Whole
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg, Freshly Grated
  • 2 Oz. Amaretto Liqueur

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until combined.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat up the milk, heavy cream, vanilla and nutmeg on medium heat until it is simmering.
  3. Remove the cream mixture from the heat, then slowly pour the hot cream into the egg yolks while mixing.
  4. Return the mixture back to the saucepan and bring it to 160⁰F. 
  5. Remove it from heat and fold in Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon and amaretto liqueur, then refrigerate until chilled to make the amaretto bourbon eggnog.
  6. Pour an even amount of the amaretto bourbon eggnog into each glass and serve cold.

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