The Great Eggnog Bog

Like clockwork, every November our cravings set us in search of rich, creamy (and sometimes boozy) eggnog. With the busyness of the holidays, there isn’t always time to whip up a batch of homemade nog, and there are plenty of store-bought brands to choose from—but which ones make the cut? We recently blind-tasted six eggnogs—four dairy and two non-dairy. We tasted them all solo and also mixed with bourbon, and while the moral of the story ended up being that it’s tough to beat a good batch of the homemade stuff, there are a few packaged versions worthy of a little yuletide cheer.




Horizon Organic

This nog is light on spice and big on sweetness with a

slightly odd banana pudding flavor that might make it

appealing to kids. It’s creamy but not heavy and blends

well with bourbon.




Mountain Dairy for QFC/Kroger

Mountain Dairy has a full and creamy body with loads

of vanilla flavor, a touch of sourness and hint of mint,

which some might find a little out of place. Bourbon,

however, rounds it out nicely.




Rice Dream Rice Nog

It’s tough to compare a non-dairy nog to its creamier

counterparts, but for those who can’t drink milk, Rice

Nog might take the edge off a craving for the real stuff.

It’s really more horchata-like with a light, grainy mouthfeel

and strong spice flavors. Definitely not made for mixing

with alcohol.




Organic Valley

This is a decadent nog, with a very thick, creamy body and

lots of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. Bourbon flavors

become very pronounced but not overwhelming when added

to the equation.




Silk Soy Nog

Again, a tough comparison, but Silk’s Soy Nog tastes more

like a slightly thickened version of vanilla soy milk than a

spiced eggnog and becomes nearly undrinkable when mixed

with bourbon.




Lucerne for Safeway

This one has the most classic eggnog profile of the bunch—rich

and creamy (but not too heavy) with a balance of vanilla, nutmeg

and cinnamon flavors. The addition of bourbon brings out the

spice notes and thins the thick texture nicely.