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Festive Beer Nog Float

Posted December 20, 2012 | 10:00 am, by Mirella

The holidays are fast approaching and so I thought it might be fun to share the recipe for one of my festive beer cocktails with you, since the traditional “beer nog” recipe that I posted last year was such a hit!

This cocktail is actually more of a beer float. It was inspired by an online article I that read two years ago about the fact that it is impossible to make a beer cocktail with eggnog. The unfortunate truth is that if you mix eggnog with beer, it will curdle. It still tastes great, but it looks quite unappetizing.

Still, I really liked the idea of capturing the flavour of egg nog in a beer cocktail and, after a few hours of experimentation, I concluded that the only way this was going to happen would be if I de-constructed the eggnog. Here’s what I came up with:

Beer Nog Float

  • 4 oz Golden coloured, high alcohol, Belgian-style ale
  • 1/4oz Bourbon
  • 1oz Brandy
  • 1oz Dark Rum
  • 2oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 Nutmeg berry (grated)
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Rim a Highball glass with sugar. Combine the Bourbon, Brandy, Dark Rum and Simple Syrup. Pour them into the bottom of the glass, carefully add the Belgian ale and stir gently. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a generous amount of nutmeg.

© Mirella Amato, Beerology 2010

When I designed this cocktail, I made it with La Fin du Monde and it was quite tasty. Not exactly like eggnog, but definitely in the same flavour family. I’m sure it could be made with any Tripel or Belgian Golden Strong Ale. It might even be interesting to try making it with a Dubbel…


Please Note: This is definitely the kind of cocktail that you want to make when you don’t have anywhere to be. It is quite boozy… proceed with caution!

One comment

  1. Great idea. Tested with Chimay Premiere. Super fun. Will conduct more tests of course.

    Comment by Alex on December 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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