Santa’s Magic Potion {Eggnog and Baileys}

Santa’s Magic Potion (aka Eggnog Cocktail) — Not sure what to mix with eggnog? Baileys, of course! This creamy eggnog cocktail mixes the two to create a holiday drink you’ll love! 

Eggnog Cocktail in stemless wine glass

Creamy Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

After all the stops he has to make and all those presents to deliver, Santa gets thirsty. And so do busy moms trying to wrap a million presents and bake even more cookies.

Juggling all the balls of the holidays is hard work. School recitals, company coming, holiday parties, gift exchanges, and more. Time to take a break, use up the last of your eggnog, and put your feet up for a minute.

The combo of Baileys and eggnog is a winner. Really, Baileys with anything is a winner — especially if you’re sipping on Homemade Baileys Irish Cream. Smooth, creamy, just sweet enough, and it hits the spot.

I like to sprinkle my eggnog cocktail with a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon for added flavor.

A perfect after-dinner drink. Or after-baking drink. Or after-present wrapping drink.

eggnog and baileys drink in wine glass

What’s in This Eggnog Cocktail? 

If you’ve never quite been sure what alcohol goes in eggnog, here’s your answer. To make this eggnog alcoholic drink, you’ll need: 

  • Eggnog
  • Baileys
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ice cubes (optional) 

Really, that’s all you need to make this Baileys drink recipe! 

How to Make an Eggnog Cocktail

To make this eggnog drink recipe, combine 4 parts eggnog with 2 to 4 parts Baileys (the strength of this Baileys cocktail is up to you). Add in ice, if desired, then stir to combine. 

Sprinkle your festive eggnog cocktail with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve immediately. 

baileys and eggnog cocktail in stemless wine glass

Can I Make This as a Batch Drink? 

I don’t see why not! This recipe is super flexible since there aren’t precise measurements, so scale it up as desired. You can set the cinnamon and nutmeg to the side and let guests garnish their eggnog cocktails themselves. 

Can I Add Other Spices to This Eggnog Cocktail? 

Yes, you’re welcome to garnish your drink with any warming spices you prefer. Pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and ginger would all be delicious garnishes. 

Santa's Magic Potion {Eggnog and Baileys} - Have eggnog to use? This drink is smooth, creamy, and puts your 'nog to great use! Mmm!

Tips for Making Eggnog Cocktails 

I think this goes without saying, but make sure to buy real Baileys and not the off-brand stuff for this eggnog cocktail. Since this Baileys drink recipe has just two ingredients, you want to buy the best quality you can. 

Same logic applies when buying your eggnog. Don’t get the cheapest stuff — read through the ingredients list and buy an eggnog that you know will be good. Even though you’ll be mixing it with Baileys, you still want the eggnog to be delicious on its own. 

Feel free to add more or less Baileys to this eggnog cocktail to suit your own tastes. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to cocktails, so taste a bit as you go until you get it just right. 

Santa's Magic Potion (Eggnog Cocktail)

Santa's Magic Potion (Eggnog Cocktail)

Not sure what to mix with eggnog? Baileys, of course! This creamy eggnog cocktail mixes the two to create a holiday drink you'll love!

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute


  • 4 parts eggnog
  • 2 to 4 parts Baileys, to taste*
  • ice cubes, optional
  • nutmeg, for sprinkling
  • cinnamon, for sprinkling


    1. To a large glass add the eggnog, Baileys to taste, and optionally add ice. Stir to combine.
    2. Evenly and lightly sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Serve immediately.


  • Try using Homemade Baileys in this cocktail!
  • Recipe is intended for those for whom it’s legal and appropriate to drink alcohol, always drink responsibly.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1341 Total Fat: 44g Saturated Fat: 27g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 599mg Sodium: 561mg Carbohydrates: 130g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 127g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 47g

More Easy Holiday Drinks: 

Caramel Apple Cider – Warm apple cider spiked with cinnamon, maple and almond extracts, apple chunks, and the mugs are rimmed with heavenly homemade salted caramel sauce!! FAST, EASY, and so DELICIOUS!!

Skinny Hot Chocolate — If you think it’s impossible to have a creamy, rich mug of hot chocolate for 105 calories, think again! 

Hard Apple Cider Mule — After trying this twist on the Moscow mule, I think you’ll agree that autumn never tasted better! 

Creamy Nutella Martini — This martini is creamy, smooth, and satisfying. The Frangelico adds hazelnut, cinnamon, and vanilla notes, while the Irish cream provides richness and creaminess.

Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee — This is the fastest and easiest method way to make iced coffee that I’ve tried, and I’ve tried plenty. Perfect no matter the season! 

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate — I could drink mug after mug of this creamy white elixir. I’m a huge white chocolate fan but it’s nice to break up that sweetness and the peppermint is soothing and palate-cleansing.

Originally published December 24, 2014 and republished December 20, 2019 with updated text.

32 comments on “Santa’s Magic Potion {Eggnog and Baileys}”

  1. I’m wide awake in the wee hours of the morning and I wish I could sip on some of this so I could go back to sleep for a couple of hours! My parents always have Baileys and I think I mentioned that my dad loves eggnog so I will have to make this for him when we visit later this week. It sounds like a great combination!

  2. would i have to dress up as santa to earn some of this? because i most definitely, absolutely, totally would. :)

  3. This has my name written all over it the next two nights when I’m going to be in a mountain of presents, frantically trying to get them wrapped! Fabulous way to make it so much more fun.

  4. I love baileys and I love eggnog but have never mixed the two….I’m definitely trying this today…I just saw that Baileys has a chocolate covered cherry flavor which I want to try too…Baileys screams holidays to me.

  5. I have never heard of doing this but OMG. I’m doing this TONIGHT. Way better than just drinking eggnog plain. Champagne cocktails with dinner, eggnog and baileys for dessert!!

  6. on my list now for sure! Happy holidays!

  7. Plain eggnog is so overrated :) Who knew two ingredients could work so well together?? And we’re all over quick and easy this time of the year. Perfect recipe Averie!

  8. My mom’s two favorite drinks. I wonder if she’s ever combined them….?

  9. HOW brilliant is this?! I could really, really use some after all the crazy gift shopping, wrapping, decorating madness of the last few days!

  10. Whoa, mixing baileys and eggnog is the best idea! Love this Averie!

  11. oh lord, 2 of my favorites!!! And, why haven’t I ever thought to combine them? Love this, running to the kitchen now… right after I pin it!

  12. I agree with you – Baileys is great with anything. And this drink is pure genius.

  13. Holy mackerel. Brilliant!

  14. Merry Christmas Averie! Hope you have a blessed holiday

  15. What a great way to jazz up eggnog. I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  16. This sounds perfect and a great way to end the year! I usually just add some rum to my egg nog, but Balieys is delicious and amazing in everything. Gonna sit back, put my feet up, and sip this on New Year’s Eve! Congrats on all your success this year and I wish you all the best in 2015!

  17. Now that it’s January, is it still acceptable to drink eggnog? :) Excited to try this out and would love to make my own eggnog – do you have a solid go-to recipe? Thanks and happy 2015!

  18. A shot of Bailys’ into a cop of hot chocolate also works great…

  19. With hot chocolate is also great…

  20. Well this has my name all over it! Can’t wait to try!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.