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Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog

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Last Updated on October 6, 2022 by The Noms

Combining two of our favorite things – our bourbon butterscotch sauce and a Christmas treat, bourbon eggnog, this is a great holiday treat!


With the halls all decked out with holiday cheer and a whole bunch of Christmas parties yet to come, we decided that we should take on another famous Yuletide drink, Egg Nog. Eggnog is one of those drinks that can elicit excitement in some and dread in others. Most of us are familiar with the heavy thick commercial version. You find in the local grocery stores, but in times gone by Eggnog was the drink around the holidays.


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Bourbon Eggnog

What if we could discover a version that was closer to the original historic recipe that would be lighter and smoother while but still packing all the delicious flavors. The resulting Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog was fantastically light and drinkable with a special sweet edge from our Salted Bourbon Butterscotch sauce.


Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog in glass mugs with cinnamon sticks. Jigger, cookies, eggs and milk bottle in background

Jigger / Cinnamon Sticks


Eggnog has a long and somewhat muddled past, but its roots are likely found in the brandy flip. A Brandy Flip cocktail that originally was made with a whole egg, spices and brandy and warmed with an iron poker fresh out of the fire. Popular with folks all across Europe, variations of the flip soon appeared, some adding cream and different spirits.


Eggnog was especially popular with the aristocracy who had ready access to fine brandies and sherry, spices, eggs and cream. It became a staple at holiday celebrations.


Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog in glass coffee mug with cinnamon stick


What is the History of Eggnog?

At some point in the mid 1700’s the recipe made its way across the Atlantic to the Colonies. Egg nog became popular drink in the ale houses and inns. With fine spirits like brandy and sherry being heavily taxed, and with the Colonies having lots of bourbon and rum, the recipe was soon adapted to use a more native spirit.


It finally showed up in Jerry Thomas’s 1862 version of The Bartender’s Guide. This is where we can see a snapshot of the typical style of eggnog, which was far thinner and lighter than what we find in stores today.


Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog top shot with cinnamons ticks, wooden spoon, jigger, cookies and eggs

Punch Bowl and Cups


Jerry Thomas’s recipe called for almost all of the ingredients we find in modern eggnog. These are eggs, milk, sugar, rum and some fresh nutmeg. His recipe called for it to be put on ice, which would water the eggnog down making it a less thick drink. While we were wanting a drink that would be lighter, we weren’t real thrilled about watering down our eggnog!


Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog in glass mugs, cinnamon sticks, milk bottle with cookies in the background


What Ingredients Did We Use in the Eggnog?

We decided to emulate another great holiday recipe that is similar to eggnog, the Tom and Jerry, which also uses eggs and sugar to make its batter.  The Tom and Jerry uses whipped egg whites to create a light fluffy quality to the drink. We decided to use a similar technique for our eggnog.



We separated the egg whites from the yolks, and while the whites were whipping, we mixed up the yolks with spices, sugar and cream to create a nice thick base. Once the whites were super fluffy, we folded the yolk base into the whites and came up with a fluffy creamy mix.


Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog in glass coffee mugs, cinnamon sticks. Jigger, milk bottle, cookies and eggs in background


What Ingredients are Needed in this Salted Butterscotch Eggnog Cocktail?

  • Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Amaretto
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Sugar
  • Cloves
  • Bourbon


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We are big fans of bourbon, so we decided to be true to the original American version of eggnog and add some bourbon to bring a nice boozy edge. Wanting to add a little sweet nuttiness, we also decided a little amaretto would be a good partner. The caramel sweetness of the bourbon and the nutty amaretto makes for a nice boozy base that helps further thin out the creamy nog mixture.


Wanting to make our eggnog a little more festive, we added a nice drizzle of our Salted Bourbon Butterscotch sauce. This then adds a great sweet finish to our Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog.


Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog in glass mugs with cinnamon sticks. Jigger, fir branch, milk bottle and cookies in background

Glass Coffee Mugs


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We hope you will give our version of Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog a try at your next Christmas party!




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Salted Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog in glass mugs with cinnamo sticks. Eggs, jigger, white jug in background
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Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Eggnog

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A salted butterscotch version of the classic holiday cocktail, eggnog.


Butterscotch Eggnog

  • 9 ounces bourbon
  • 3 ounces amaretto
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 eggs, separated into yolks and whites
  • 1/3 cup salted bourbon butterscotch sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Whisk egg yolks, butterscotch sauce and salt until smooth.

Add milk, whipping cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.

In a bowl with a standing mixer, or with a hand mixer, whip egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form, around 8-10 minutes. Fold whites into cream mixture until smooth.

Chill until cold, serve in a punch bowl with bourbon and amaretto, or individual glasses with .75 oz bourbon and .25 oz amaretto for each. Top with more grated nutmeg.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 12.2gSaturated Fat: 6.8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 769mgCarbohydrates: 17.8gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 14.4gProtein: 6g

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Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Eggnog top shot in glass mugs, cinnamon sticks on top


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Thursday 15th of December 2016

Great photos ! Great idea for weekend evenings :-) Thank you and have a nice day !

The 'Noms.

Saturday 17th of December 2016

Thanks so much! Cheers!

Maggie Unzueta

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Yes please! I could use one of these right now. YUM!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 17th of December 2016

Me, too, LOL! Hope you try it out! Cheers!

Miss Melissa (@Melissamchee)

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Looks like a great treat

The 'Noms.

Saturday 17th of December 2016



Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Oh this sounds so good and perfect for the holidays! I will have to make this for my husband! Thank you for sharing!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 17th of December 2016

Thanks so much! Hope you try it out!


Tuesday 13th of December 2016

What a great twist on traditional eggnog! This sounds really good. Would love to give it a try.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 17th of December 2016

Thank you, hope you do! It's pretty amazing! Cheers!

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