If you could drink the concept of holiday cheer, it would probably taste a lot like Eggnog. A heady mixture of spirits, eggs and warmed milk, nutmeg-dusted Eggnog is synonymous with the yuletide season. It’s a Christmas requirement. But this year, we think it’s time to shake things up and go global with your creamy glass of holiday goodness.
While most people are familiar with the traditional custardy version of the drink (or, more likely, the storebought stuff in cartons), there are a myriad of Eggnog incarnations from around the world. From Scotland there’s a smoky, scotch-based drink, the Caribbean offers a tiki-esque version made with coconut and rum, Chileans make theirs with instant coffee and moonshine, and the Italians use Genepi, an herbal Alpine liqueur, for an apres ski treat. Whatever your tastes, there’s an Eggnog for you. Here are our five favorite Eggnogs from around the world.