3 Ways to Upscale Your Holiday Eggnog

It’s officially holiday season and what better way to get in the spirit than sipping on good old’ eggnog! While regular eggnog is already a holiday favourite, Deerhurst Resort’s Executive Chef, David Bakker is sharing his favourite ways to upscale your eggnog. 

“Eggnog is one of my favourite things to enjoy over the holidays, and it’s even better when you add some creative elements,” Chef Bakker says. 

Incorporating local Muskoka ingredients like Wildflower honey, Bala cranberries and Muskoka Brewery’s craft beer (yes beer), these recipes will be a sure hit at your holiday gathering!

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Eggnog Crème Brûlée

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This creamy take on your standard crème brûlée will be a crowd pleaser at the dessert table – and easy to prep ahead.

What you’ll need:

  • 250 mL 35% Cream
  • 250 mL Eggnog
  • 7 Egg Yolks
  • 100 g Sugar
  • Cinnamon to Taste
  • Wildflower Honey to Taste
  • Bala Cranberries to Taste
  • Optional *Brandy or Spiced Rum* to Taste


Heat the cream over medium heat until it just comes to a boil.

While the cream is heating, mix the yolks, sugar, cinnamon, Wildflower honey and Bala cranberries together.

Slowly temper the hot cream into the egg yolk mixture making sure to not scramble the eggs.

Once the mixture is homogeneous, pour into crème brûlée dishes and bake in a covered water bath in an oven set to 300 F until the custards have just set or become jiggly in the center. Cool overnight in the fridge.

Place sugar evenly over the custards and brûlée using a torch. Garnish with Fresh Bala cranberries.


Kidz Holiday Frosty Noggin’

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Kids will LOVE this holiday take on a ice cream float!

“I’m a father of 4 so having a kid-friendly eggnog ‘mocktail’ is a must,” Chef  Bakker says.

What you’ll need:

  • Eggnog
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Cinnamon to Taste
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cherry on Top


Pour eggnog into tall glass. Scoop vanilla ice and drop into eggnog. Top with cinnamon, whipped cream and a cherry!



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Beer + eggnog? Yes please! This refreshing sipper is bound to be a hit. 

What you’ll need:

  • Eggnog
  • Muskoka Brewery’s Winter Seasonal Ale


Mix 1 to 1 eggnog and beer. Top with a little cinnamon and enjoy!


Plus enjoy these bonus recipes!

The Classic

You can never go wrong with the classic!

What you’ll need:

  • Eggnog
  • Dark Spiced Rum Or Bourbon

Chef tip: If you like a fruity finish use Rheault Distillery Cherry Liqeur.


Add 1oz of dark spiced run or bourbon to eggnog, sip and enjoy!


Eggnog Martini

Add a little sophistication to your holiday party with this eggnog cocktail. 

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Amaretto
  • 3 ounces Prepared Eggnog
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg for Garnish


Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add the vodka, amaretto and eggnog. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Enjoy these at your next holiday gathering – oh and make sure to have the recipes printed, your guests will be asking!

Ready to make this holiday season extra memorable? Head to Deerhurst Resort and enjoy festive dining the whole family will love. Indulge in all your holiday favourites with Executive Chef David Bakker’s holiday menus. Looking for a little relaxation? Book a holiday getaway and stay longer & save. See all the action and book here

Posted December 2016 by Ainsley Theis.

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