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Nog-Casian: Eggnog Christmas Cocktail

I’m not the kind of dude to complain too much about her rug.

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…Okay I am. But I have white shag fucking carpet. Not my call – that was totally my landlord’s decision.

But I am the kind of dude that WILL complain about having to drink eggnog. Gross.

I know that for some people – namely my brother Michael, boyfriend John, friend Heidi Fink – the nog is something of a Christmas tradition. Toss in a few carols, a classic film and some twinkle lights and you got yourself a par-tay.

I’m all for Christmas tradition. Just not eggnog.

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For instance, I absolutely positively must decorate the tree in a particular order each and every year. First the lights, then the ornaments and balls, then the tinsel, then the topper. Because I’m crazy A-type like that.

I absolutely positively must have an advent calendar for the month of December. Evidently there isn’t enough cookies and cakes in my immediate future I need to polish off a box of chocolates.

I absolutely positively must watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Because I’m 12.

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I absolutely positively must drive around with my Momma and Brother before Christmas and look at all the pretty houses lit up. You know, because Christmas is so totally green that a few car emissions won’t make a difference. Oh and while we’re on the subject of environmentally friendly, can I just say how much I hate the energy-saving LED lights? Bring on the old school, bright bulb, energy wasters!

I absolutely positively must have baileys in my coffee Christmas morning. Mmmm… creamy coffee.

I absolutely positively must open the stocking, before the present. Because I’m privileged to get both.

And of course, I absolutely positively must have turkey. Pastured and local, please. And my Momma’s homemade buns and gravy and potatoes. And brussel sprouts. And ‘toasted shrooms. BTW – leftover brussel sprouts and toasted shrooms make a fabulous Boxing Day Dinner.

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See? I got mad love for tradition. Just not eggnog.

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But then I got inspired. And a bottle of Amarula Cream was sent to me. And whenever I hear the word “cream” I think one of two things – one of which we can talk about here, the other you’ll have to look up from the confines of your bedroom. Or living room. Or public park, if that’s your thing.

The cream we can talk about here: The Caucasian. Not white folks, yo. The drink.

The Big Lebowski. The Dude. The rug. The Jesus. The bowling. The Larry. The trampoline. The world of pain. The fuckin’ money. The underwear. The amazing swinging naked art swing. Do you get what I’m putting down? No? Then you need to see one of the most epic films of our time – classic in a whole other way than It’s A Wonderful Life, my friends. And then you need to have a White Russian (aka a Caucasian). And THEN you need to spin it quicker than Jeff Bridges hits the floor. I give you, the Nog-Casian.

Happy holidays my friends!

P.S. As someone who doesn’t fancy herself the biggest nog lover, I’ve had 3 of these in as many days. They’re pretty darn tootin’ good.

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The Nog Casian (Egg Nog Cocktail)



Yield 2 drinks


  • 2 C Homemade Eggnog
  • 2 Oz Amarula Cream
  • 2 Oz Luksusowa Vodka
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • Fresh nutmeg
  • Ice


  1. In each glass, pour 1 Oz Amarula Cream and 1 Oz Vodka.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Toss in as many ice cubes as will fit in the glass.
  4. Top with egg nog.
  5. Grate a small dash of fresh nutmeg on top.
  6. Bottoms up.

What your feelings on the nog situation? What holiday traditions do you participate in? What’s new this season? Do you like the twinkly lights? What’s in your glass right this minute? Ever had Amarula? See The Big Lebowski? Do you like creamy cocktails? Are they creepy? What’s the most epic movie of our time according to you? Spill it below!

Disclosure of Material Connection: Your Brand PR DID provide me a bottle of Amarula Cream and Luksusowa Vodka with the request for “Editorial Consideration”. I considered it. I only recommend, giveaway or share products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions, words and information here are entirely accurate and a reflection of my true experience and were not influenced, in any way, by the above mentioned products or companies. Opinions, statements and views are my own. Because that’s how I roll, yo. I’ve never been one to shut my mouth – I’m not going to start now.

  • Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)
    December 21, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    I grew up in a time where convenience foods were the rage…pot pies were a treat! As a result, egg nog came in a glass bottle from the milkman, along with or bi-weekly milk delivery. I hated it. Fast forwrd many years and a friend had a little Christmas party with home made eggnog!!! Holy Crap! I couldn’t get enough of it! This sounds like a great recipe…
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  • Kristy Gardner
    December 21, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Thanks lady love! 100% honest confession: Most of the eggnog in my house comes from the milkman – or maybe even, eek, the grocery store – my brother and boyfriend go through it much too quickly to make it from scratch each and every time. I’m not an advocate of processed foods but every once in a while, they make an appearance.

    PS. I love pot pies.

  • Tara
    December 21, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    “You’re not wrong, Walter, you’re just an asshole.”—>one of my favorite/most quoted lines from one of my favoritest movies ever. You have excellent taste in both film and cocktails.

    I’m not a huge nog fan myself, but I can get down with a glass or two around the holidays. Especially if it contains alcohol!

    Watch it, man, there’s a beverage here! (I could seriously go all day…)

    • Kristy Gardner
      December 21, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      HAHAHA. YES! As do you my friend, as DO YOU. I think I’ll keep you.

      “That rug really tied the room together.” “Over the LINE” …. “Smokey my friend, you’re entering a world of pain”.

      The best.

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    December 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    I share your sentiments about egg nog, but usually have a glass or two each year for tradition’s sake. I’ve never tried homemade egg nog though – that might have to happen. This cocktail sounds rather lovely. AND I totally watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation last night! (for the first time, if you can believe it)
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 6, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      YEAH you did! Can you believe it’s taken me like, 2 weeks to get to replying to comments? I’m a terrible person. Forgive me?

      PS. Did you like the movie??

  • La Cuisine d'Helene
    December 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Love your list of everything your absolutely have to do 🙂 I am not an eggnog person but when I was in the military it was the tradition to make eggnog at the mess. I much prefer a cold one to eggnog anything. But like Amarula, I have a bottle in the fridge.
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 6, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      I won’t lie Helene, I like a cold one too! What do you do with your Amarula??

      PS. I suck for taking so long to reply to your comment – it’s great to hear from you!!

  • Becky
    December 22, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    My Granny used to fill her punchbowl with egg nog every Christmas – when I was in college, she taught me how. She bought her nog from the milkman too, along with a gallon of nog ice cream, then added more eggs (that was the year she insisted I learn to beat eggs by hand until they formed stiff peaks, which is why I adore my stand mixer), a bottle of brandy, a bottle of rum, a bottle of whiskey and whatever else had been in the liquor cabinet too long. Her children still talk about the peach schnapps year.

    I inherited her punchbowl, but I’ve only filled it with egg nog once. I don’t make it in large quantities, but I do drink it with my dear friend & neighbor Betty on Christmas day, heavily spiked with whatever has been in the liquor closet too long. The tequila year was interesting.
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 6, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      HA! The “peach schnapps year”!!! I love it Becky! I imagine the tequila year was a rival to hers! 😉

  • Teresa, foodonfifth
    December 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I am not a huge eggnog fan, except a friend did give me some homemade a few years ago and instead of drinking it I turned it into ice cream drizzled with a bit of dark rum and that was absolutely the best. I will give this one a try as well…your version sounds much more modern and yummy and would no doubt instill a bit of a Christmas Buzz that is oh so desired this time of year. Happy Holidays.
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 6, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      OH my! Teresa that sounds amazing. I just so happen to have a bit of all 3 of those things. I feel a post-Xmas eggnog treat coming on. I wonder if you could actually MAKE all that into an icecream?? Hm…..

      Happy holidays to you my friend. I apologize for taking 2 weeks to reply. Clearly taking time off for the season = bad comment etiquette on my part. My bad, my bad.

  • Lindsey @HalfDimeHomestead
    December 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Shut the fuck up, Donnie!
    I, as well, do not like eggnog. I’ve have given it the old college try time and again and just…can’t. Ugh. Can’t friggin’ stand it.
    I love the photography in this post. I must learn your ways, and read more about photography, because my pics are balls compared to this.
    Hey, man, nice marmot!
    HalfDime, over and out.
    {Merry Christmas!}
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    • Kristy Gardner
      January 6, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA shut the fuck up donnie!!! Oh jeez. hahahaha