Coffee Liqueur, Eggnog and Jameson Irish Whiskey

Kahlua, Eggnog and Jameson Irish Whiskey Cocktail

December 16, 2011

I’ve long had a holiday love affair with the decadence of Kahlua and Cream; it was the first ‘adult’ drink I was served in the safety of my parents home on Christmas Eve. I didn’t have the typical adolescent tendency to want to get drunk before I was old enough to legally imbibe but I will admit I loved the taste of this concoction. Moving beyond a Shirley Temple was exciting and the richness of Kahlua and Cream was a pretty easy cocktail to transition to. It was also perfect for the night before Christmas when family were together and there was always such a spirit of celebration. I’ve loved it ever since.

Over the years, my favorite cocktail has gone through several iterations, mostly from happenstance. I seriously doubt that moving from half and half to eggnog came about because of a studied journey into developing something unique. More likely, I’m imagining it was something simplistic like finding myself without half and half but locating eggnog in the fridge; very much my personal methodology. I will substitute something in a heartbeat if it means I can avoid a trip to the grocery store! No matter the segue; Kahlua with eggnog soon became my holiday cocktail tradition for Christmas Eve and that tradition served me well for many, many years.

My most recent iteration was another moment of having to make do. Some friends had dropped by for a cocktail on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago and they knew to expect a Kahlua and Eggnog with some of my favorite cookies. But in one of those moments of panic, as I went to make 4 drinks, I realized I had erred grievously; my Kahlua was close to gone and I was lucky to wring a couple of ounces out of that bottle. My zeal for substituting forever at the ready…I glanced through what I had available. Here was my thought process. I love Irish Coffee which is coffee with Irish Whiskey and whipped cream. I surmised that Kahlua, Irish Whiskey and eggnog would be in the same vein so went about concocting a new version of my stalwart holiday cocktail. The bit of Irish in me was sure OK with it and the response of my guests only solidified that until something necessary stipulates another revision; this is a winner that I hope won’t change for several years!

In keeping with making this my own, I also wanted to make eggnog this year. Even though I can find some great products locally, it was time to try something ‘homemade.’ I’m so glad I asked my friend Rachael at La Fuji Mama. She has two young girls and I really wanted something for this base that was without alcohol and good for anyone without fear of eating raw eggs. This recipe is cooked slightly so eliminates the worry of serving it to anyone who does not have the strongest immune system. Though I must say the elderly in that bunch will probably enjoy some of the ‘added’ ingredients of the cocktail!

Kahlua, Eggnog and Jameson Irish Whiskey Cocktail
  • 1 part Coffee Liqueur (I made my own coffee liqueur this year; I think even better than Kahlua!)
  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 4 parts eggnog
  1. Fill cocktail glasses with crushed ice.
  2. Put the Kahlua, whiskey and eggnog into a pitcher and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour over ice and top with freshly grated nutmeg.
Pasteurized Homemade Eggnog
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  • 5 large egg yolks
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3½ cups milk, separated
  • 1-2 cups heavy cream, separated
  • Nutmeg, grated
  1. Prepare an ice-water bath. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the mixture is very thick and pale yellow, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Slowly whisk in 2 cups of the milk until well incorporated.
  2. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until it is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in 1 cup of the heavy cream. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium-size bowl, and set the bowl in the ice bath until the mixture is chilled, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the remaining 1½ cups milk and additional heavy cream if desired, to taste. Transfer the eggnog to a pitcher and chill until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with freshly grated nutmeg.

Starting this month I’ll be working with The Daily Basics to prepare a cocktail for their readers in conjunction with The Friday Cocktail, I hope their readers will also enjoy this personal exercise that I love!

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1 Jamie December 26, 2011 at 3:07 am

Mmmm does Rachel’s eggnog recipe sound decadent and fabulous! And kahlua and cream? Never one to look to getting drunk, that was really the perfect drink for a sweet tooth during my college years!


2 Creative Culinary December 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

It was perfect; I had friends with some children over one evening. Kids could drink it and we could doctor it!


3 angela@spinachtiger December 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I couldn’t live without my freshly grated nutmeg. How fun that you will be making a cocktail once a month. I’m sure the practice will be fun.
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4 Lea Ann December 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Isn’t fresh grated nutmeg just the best? Such a different experience from the bottle from the spice isle. As always beautiful photos Barb. Good to see you at brunch and I want to thank you so much for the oil. Haven’t used it yet, but look forward to reviving my wood boards and tools.
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5 MikeVFMK December 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

This is the kind of cocktail I drink too many of during the season. And nutmeg does indeed make it all better. Happy Holidays!


6 Creative Culinary December 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

Happy Holidays to you too Mike. I’m sure you must have a soup with nutmeg, right? :)


7 Delishhh December 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

Just wonderful – i love this variation – to me there is no Christmas without Glögg – drink at any age in sweden :)
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8 Creative Culinary December 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

I love hearing about everyone’s traditions; how foods are so important to the memories we all have. I think I need some Glogg!


9 Lora ~ cakeduchess December 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm

How wonderful that you will create a cocktail each month for Daily Basics in conjunction w/your Happy Hour Fridays. :) I can’t remember the last time I had a kahlua and cream. I’ve probably had a Shirley Temple not too long ago. This is a beautiful drink for the holidays.:)
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10 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Well you need one of these then. It’s a big girl drink. :)


11 Brian @ A Thought For Food December 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

Holy Booze! I want some!


12 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I’ve got plenty here next to the Rocky Mtns. Saddle up your horse and come on over!


13 Winnie December 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Love homemade eggnog!
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14 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I love that this is worry free; not quite as ‘eggy’ as others but with the other ingredients in this drink; it was perfect. I loved it.


15 Wendy Read - Sunchowder December 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Barb, these photos are really amazing! Just gorgeous, you just want to drink it right up! And I really get the feel you had at home with your family for the holidays.ah….memories. Excited to see you working with the Daily Basics, I will go check out your drink recipe right now. The Eggnog looks quite divine on its own!


16 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Thank you Wendy…some days I feel I’ve found my groove and then I will take some that are terrible…so much to learn!


17 Kiran @ December 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Amazing holiday flavor combos! Droolicious :D
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18 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Love the term, Droolicious and will have to remember to use it, with or without my fave, yummalicious.


19 Paula December 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Congratulations on the partnership with The Daily Basics! Was just over there to check out your cocktail. It’s lovely Barb and the old adage…*necessity is the mother of invention* certainly rang true when you first created this! I’m so happy to have several dozen of your Pecan Butter Balls in my freezer. Otherwise, after seeing your post at The Daily Basics I would have had to jump up and make a batch. I am addicted to those cookies:)

The Fuji eggnog sounds rich and delicious.
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20 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I do believe my name is necessity Paula; firm believer in use it up and wear it out too! There is always something I can find to make do!


21 Lisa December 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I admit, I don’t drink, but I’m not a fuddy duddy, just a lightweight (aka cheap date) who can’t handle alcohol outside of wine with dinner or cheese plates. At keg parties in HS and college, I’d be holding the same cup of beer all night…taking sips. However, your cocktails are spiked, liquid desserts to me. You can bet I’d be drinking those if I was at your place! Just make sure there’s someone’s willing to hold back my hair, just in case ;D


22 Fuji Mama December 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Yay! So glad I could help. Thank goodness for friends who love to cook and eat, right? XO
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23 a spoonful of yumm December 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

you come up with great flavors ! gorgeous pics…
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24 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Thank you so much…very sincerely appreciated.


25 blackbookkitchendiaries December 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

this sounds so yummy and festive! thank you for sharing this.
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26 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Absolutely…I only wish I could share a cocktail in real life with everyone!


27 Priscilla-She's Cookin' December 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Gorgeous photo and drink! Cheers to you, Barb, and for Friday, and the weekend, and the holidays! I toast with the cocktail I posted today – Whiskey Buck :)


28 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Thanks Priscilla; I am going to reward myself with one of these soon. House cleaned, tree up, living room decorated and most stuff ready to be mailed tomorrow. Long day deserves a nice drink I’m thinking!


29 Curt December 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

Ah, I was wondering what was sprinkled on the top of the drink. Nutmeg. This drink sounds excellent.
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30 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Yes…and I will use a jar of nutmeg for some thing but just have to use freshly grated for eggnog drinks.


31 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon December 16, 2011 at 10:11 am

Barb, that first photo is delicious.
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32 Creative Culinary December 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Thanks so much Wendi; I’m starting to have some fun with the cocktail photos…guess I like the mirror and sparkle quotient? :)


33 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray December 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

Yum! Headed over there to check it out!
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