Beer Nog

Beer NogA unique twist on a holiday favorite, Beer Nog will work best with a strong ale (barleywine, Belgian strong, Christmas beer, or otherwise) to add a welcome flavor dimension to the classic holiday tipple, while carbonation lightens the thick, noggy texture.

Serves: 4


  • 4 fresh eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 dashes ground nutmeg or mace
  • 4 ounces strong ale
  • ½ ounce Bourbon or dark rum


• Separate the eggs. Beat the sugar into the yolks until smooth.

• Stir the milk and cream into the yolk mixture. Add 1 dash of spice and the whiskey or rum. (Some recipes call for as much as 4 ounces of liquor; here, a bit of warmth is welcome, but too much can overwhelm the beer’s flavor.)

• Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into the nog mixture.

• Pour the beer into the snifter. Add the nog mixture and pour into serving glasses.

Optional: Reserve some of the cream, whip and add a dollop to each glass. Sprinkle 1 dash of spice on top and serve.

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