Santa’s Magic Potion {Eggnog and Baileys}


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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 (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! 

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Santa's Magic Potion (Eggnog Cocktail)

By Averie Sunshine
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!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 drink
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  • 4 parts eggnog
  • 2 to 4 parts Baileys, to taste*
  • ice cubes, optional
  • nutmeg, for sprinkling
  • cinnamon, for sprinkling


  • To a large glass add the eggnog, Baileys to taste, and optionally add ice. Stir to combine.
  • 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.


Serving: 1, Calories: 1341kcal, Carbohydrates: 130g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 27g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 599mg, Sodium: 561mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 127g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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

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  1. 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!

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. Fabulous way to make it so much more fun. <--- Amen mama! Good luck getting everything wrapped and ready! I know, it's such a race to the finish!

  7. 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!

    1. Ugh hate it when you wake up in the wee hours and can’t go back to sleep. I wish you could sip on some of this too! And I hope your dad enjoys his drink :)