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Eggnog is one of those items about which people have split opinions. Lots of people love it, while others don’t care for it at all. Still, nothing says “holiday season” like a good eggnog cocktail. After all, you wouldn’t drink eggnog in May. If you’re one of those people who really enjoys eggnog – and the season in which it’s available – try these great eggnog cocktails.
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(credit: Chaper One: The Modern Local)


Chapter One: The Modern Local
227 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 352-2225
www.chapteronetml.com

Chapter One is a place that is known for good food, a great happy hour and creative cocktails. The eggnog cocktail you’ll find here is another one to add to the list. It is called Bananas Foster Eggnog, which sounds pretty irresistible and tastes the same. This cocktail is made with brandy that is sous vide with brown sugar and roasted bananas. This cocktail is basically dessert in a glass, and after consuming one of these, you probably won’t need a jacket to keep warm.

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(credit: Broadway by Amar Santana/Michael Rooney)


Broadway By Amar Santana
328 Glenneyre St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-8234
www.broadwaybyamarsantana.com

Broadway by Amar Santana has a tradition of eggnog cocktails that are irresistible. You can expect a new one this year that you will enjoy whether or not you’re familiar with previous renditions. In addition to drinking it because it’s great, you’ll also want to drink it because it is named That Ancient Religion honor the new Star Wars movie. The eggnog is made in house with egg yolks, whipping cream and Dark Arts – a house blend of liqueurs. Add Kirk & Sweeney 18-year Dominican rum and Park VS cognac and what you have is a cocktail that is perfect for those rare nights in Southern California when there is actually a chill in the air. Make this cocktail a part of your holiday celebration.

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(credit: Brent Hofacker/shutterstock)


Pub Thirty-Two
23962 Alicia Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 716-0687
www.pubthirtytwo.com

Pub Thirty-Two is one of those hidden gems that you want to tell all your friends about simply because the ambiance is so nice. When you walk in, one of the first things you’ll notice is the great selection of whiskeys. The beer selection is pretty good too. You’ll also be able to find some good eggnog cocktails here. One is a variation on Irish whiskey that – like a lot of eggnog cocktails – is made with whiskey. The other one is also a coffee variation made with Patron XO Cafe. Both are sure to make you feel nice and toasty.

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(credit: Back Bay Bistro)


Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 729-1144
www.newportdunes.com/back-bay-bistro

If eggnog is good, then eggnog with a spectacular view is even better. Looking out on the bay, Back Bay Bistro has some of the best views in Orange County, and it also has an eggnog that could get you coming back for more. It’s a fairly traditional eggnog recipe made with bourbon, topped with whipped cream and nutmeg, and garnished with a cinnamon stick. It’s the sort of thing you might have expected your parents (or grandparents) to serve at their holiday parties when you were too young to enjoy it. Granted, it doesn’t get cold in Newport Beach (compared to the rest of the country), but this is the perfect drinks for those cool nights on the water.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com

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