If there’s one cocktail that simply must be enjoyed over the holiday season, it’s eggnog. There’s something special about the mix of eggs with milk and cream that isn’t quite like ice cream, but quite tasty — especially with a shot or two of alcohol mixed in. No matter whether you like your eggnog with alcohol or without, restaurants and bakeries around Chicago have their own special take on the holiday drink.
111 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Marshall Field’s may have gotten a name change a few years back and become a Macy’s, but while some things change, other things stay the same… like the Walnut Room and the holiday traditions in this neck of the ‘woods’ in Chicago. Dining in the Walnut Room is a big holiday tradition for many families in Chicago, and one part of that is the Eggnog Alexander. This drink is creamy and delicious, with just the right amount of brandy to warm you through and through, and it’s wonderfully enjoyed beside the Macy’s Christmas tree.
DMK Burger Bar
2954 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
Burgers, shakes and fries, oh my. The burger joint, exclusive to the Chicago area with just four locations, has some amazing and tasty treats. Pair that grass fed burger with a shake and you’ve got a match made in heaven. With special shakes every month, come December you’ll want to try their eggnog shake, which has been made with Petersen’s ice cream and malt. Want it with alcohol, either bourbon or rum? You can do that too, for an extra few bucks.
3124 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Ceres Table in Lakeview may be an Italian restaurant known for its seasonal cuisine, but come winter their cocktails are seasonal too. After dining on delightful ravioli or filling pizza, finish your meal and complement your dessert — such as the fabulous Budino — with an eggnog cocktail that, in the past, has been made with Mathilde Black Currant Liqueur among other more traditional eggnog ingredients.
1710 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
This pastry shop — with three locations, including in Jefferson park, Old Town and the French market downtown — has just about everything your sweet tooth could want, including cookies, brownies, cakes and mini-pastries. They also have a range of seasonal eats, including savory treats. But if it’s eggnog you have a hankering for, Delightful Pastries offers an eggnog that has plenty of rum to warm you through and through, even in Chicago’s bitter cold winter temps.
1747 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Chef and owner Mindy Segal is known around Chicago for her fabulous HotChocolate shop. While the hot chocolate here, naturally, is one of the most popular items, there’s so many wonderful tasty and sweet treats, and that’s not just referring to the donuts… it includes the unbelievable eggnog, which is a favorite come the holiday season. But the eggnog itself is a hot chocolate of sorts, made as it is with white and milk chocolate, and even served with a candy cane! Pair this eggnog with a dessert and you may end up in a sugar coma, but it’ll be a happy one.
Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.