Kahlua, Eggnog and Irish Whiskey Cocktail

If you like a touch of Kahlua in your eggnog, you will love this Kahlua, Eggnog and Irish Whiskey Cocktail even more. It’s over the top delicious!

Eggnog Kahlua and Irish Whiskey Cocktail

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 that concoction. This Kahlua, Eggnog and Irish Whiskey Cocktail is even better!

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. The path to making this Kahlua, Eggnog and Jameson Irish Whiskey Cocktail did not take much effort at all.

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Kahlua Eggnog and Jameson Irish Whiskey

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.

Whole and Ground Nutmeg on a White Square Plate

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.

Eggnog Kahlua and Irish Whiskey Cocktails in Tortoise Shell Glasses

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!

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Kahlua, Eggnog and Irish Whiskey Cocktail

A variation on a Kahlua and Eggnog Cocktail with the addition of some Irish Whiskey. Perfect.
4.50 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Bourbon
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 268 kcal


  • 1 ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 4 ounces eggnog
  • Nutmeg grated


  • Fill cocktail glasses with crushed ice.
  • Put the Kahlua, whiskey and eggnog into a pitcher and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour over ice and top with freshly grated nutmeg.


Nutrition Facts
Kahlua, Eggnog and Irish Whiskey Cocktail
Serving Size
1 Cocktail
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Kahlua
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  1. 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!

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

  2. 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.

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

  3. 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.:)

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

    1. 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!

  6. 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

    1. 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!

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

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

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