The 5 Best Rums for Eggnog, Just in Time for the Holidays
For holiday entertaining with low-expense, high-flavor batching, Bacardí is almost too good to be true. Because eggnog itself is so heavy on the palate, it’s important to opt for a flavorful, spice-heavy rum, and Bacardí Gold offers the perfect fix.
One of the absolute best rums for eggnog, Smith & Cross not only looks gorgeous on the shelf, but it adds a luxe depth and rich flavor profile to traditional eggnog. Incredibly well balanced, this beloved Jamaican rum features notes of oak, spice, and stone fruit, and with a 57% ABV, a little goes a long way.
With decadent flavors of caramel and cocoa, this Trinidadian rum is virtually tailor-made for eggnog. As food expert Alton Brown points out, eggnog is basically the ice cream of cocktails, so it stands to reason that a dessert-like rum like this is the perfect option.
Holiday-ready with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, Sugar Island makes one of the best-tasting rums for eggnog. Crafted in the Virgin Islands, this spiced rum is ideal for mixing and lives up to its name with a slight sugary sweetness.
Cutwater Spirits has been steadily building a stellar reputation in the artisan liquor world, and a cup of eggnog made with its spiced rum is sure to impress. Indulgent and spice-forward, this small-batch rum highlights flavors of toffee, caramel, black pepper, hints of molasses, and clove, and it stands up beautifully to the richness of eggnog with the taste of a Christmas cookie.
Up next, keep reading for three winter cocktails you’ll want to enjoy throughout the season.