The arrival of winter means many things, not least of all an excuse to indulge in the world’s most decadent holiday beverage: eggnog. It's delightfully rich, creamy, and spiced to perfection, making it the best thing to warm you up and put you in a festive mood, especially on a chilly, gloomy night. Since just about every drink is made better with a splash of rum (hey, we’re all adults here), it’s well worth taking a look at what makes the best rum for eggnog.
While the traditional recipe is fairly labor-intensive, you can make an ultra-drinkable holiday nog with ready-made eggnog and a splash of nutmeg. Whether you make it from scratch or go with the store-bought version, it's always best to use a high-quality rum. Read on to discover five of the best rums for eggnog.
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.
Smith & Cross
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.
Zaya Gran Reserva
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.
Sugar Island Spiced Rum
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.
Three Sheets Spiced Rum
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.
This was originally published on December 17, 2017, and has since been updated.
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