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11 Eggnogs That Dramatically Improve Holiday Cheer in Los Angeles

Traditional eggnog isn't that easy to come by in the City of Angels. Here's 11 takes on the festive cocktail that will get your sleigh bells ringing.

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Pumpkin spice and cinnamon cocktails run rampant in LA, but what can be considered the ultimate holiday libation, eggnog, is actually a little elusive. Maybe it's the raw eggs or thick, stomach-coating consistency that turn revelers and barkeepers away, but a few restaurants and bars in LA have found ways to make the old school Christmas concoction a little more approachable for holiday drinkers. Whether it's made tropical with coconut milk, vegan with nut bases, or just downright boozy, here's a list of 11 eggnogs in the city that will have you rockin' around the Christmas tree.

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1. The Greyhound Bar & Grill

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5570 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 900-0300
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For The Greyhound's first winter in Highland Park, the neighborhood bar is serving up their boozy take on the traditional recipe. A base of spice and barley-infused, oak-aged Anchor "Christmas Spirit" whiskey is combined with Park Cognac, Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum, and Four Roses Bourbon. This no-frills nog focuses on the complexity of the spirits rather than additional flavors or toppings. The cocktail is intended to be aged, so expect to see vintage eggnog in winters to come.

2. Sotto

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0210
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Bartender Brynn Smith’s egg cream drink, while not strictly an eggnog, has all the elements of the festive libation. Sotto’s The Real Thing blends Fernet Branca, cream, whole eggs, evaporated cane sugar, Mexican Coca Cola, and Angostura Bitters for an innovative take on the rich drink.

3. Ray's & Stark Bar

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5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6180
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Throughout the month of December, Ray’s & Stark Bar will offer their Three Spirit Nog as a part of their new late-night Scrooge Menu, with dishes inspired by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The traditional eggnog is laced with bourbon, brandy, and dark rum, and is offered daily from 8 pm to 10 pm.

4. Hinoki & The Bird

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10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200
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While we’re still not sure what Kuniko Yagi’s departure will do to the beloved Century City dining destination, Head Bartender Brandyn Tepper is still mixing up some pretty stellar cocktails. Take his spin on eggnog, spiked with tequila, mezcal, and Amontillado Sherry, and spiced with allspice, cinnamon and star anise.

5. Kye's

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1518 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Of course Los Angeles would find a way to make rich eggnog wholesome and vegan. A healthy, non-alcoholic version of the Christmas classic can be found at Kye’s, and is a blend of pecans, soaked cashews, dates, almond milk, and spices.

6. Mohawk Bend

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2141 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-2337
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While Mohawk Bend also ditches the egg and cream for housemade almond nog to make their eggnog vegan, their Naughty Nog is decidedly alcoholic. The almond base is spiked with Malahat Spiced Rum, and is served over rocks with fresh grated nutmeg.

7. Harlowe

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7321 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 876-5839
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Ringing in the holidays with a twist on tradition, this West Hollywood drinking den combines El Dorado 12 yr Rum, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, egg, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Angostura bitters to make their Ye Old Nog.

8. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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Gracias Madre’s Beverage Director Jason Eisner brings a vegan take to eggnog with his "Not Your Madre's Nog." The sweet and spicy beverage blends coconut milk, vegan caramel agave, his proprietary masala chai blend, homemade chocolate bitters, and a healthy dose of smoky mezcal.

9. Sassafras

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1233 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 467-2800
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Sassafras’ Holiday in the Sun is a variation of the classic Puerto Rican holiday cocktail, the Coquito. Sassafras’s tropical take on eggnog combines Cruzan Aged Light Rum, cane syrup, coconut milk, evaporated milk, cinnamon, vanilla bean, egg yolk, and lime.

10. Tart

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115 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 973-3930
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TART’s Naughty or Nice Nog takes cinnamon brandy and mixes it with a dash of whiskey bitters, maple syrup, and eggnog. The cocktail is served in a snifter and can be enjoyed while cozying up to the fire pit on the restaurant’s outdoor patio. [Photo: TART]

11. Cafe Del Rey

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4451 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-6395
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Café del Rey offers guests a true Christmas in LA with their Dogsled Nog, comprised of Buffalo Trace White Dog sour mash whiskey, fresh eggnog, and nutmeg that can be enjoyed with the restaurant’s harbor views.

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1. The Greyhound Bar & Grill

5570 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

For The Greyhound's first winter in Highland Park, the neighborhood bar is serving up their boozy take on the traditional recipe. A base of spice and barley-infused, oak-aged Anchor "Christmas Spirit" whiskey is combined with Park Cognac, Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum, and Four Roses Bourbon. This no-frills nog focuses on the complexity of the spirits rather than additional flavors or toppings. The cocktail is intended to be aged, so expect to see vintage eggnog in winters to come.

5570 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

2. Sotto

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Bartender Brynn Smith’s egg cream drink, while not strictly an eggnog, has all the elements of the festive libation. Sotto’s The Real Thing blends Fernet Branca, cream, whole eggs, evaporated cane sugar, Mexican Coca Cola, and Angostura Bitters for an innovative take on the rich drink.

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

3. Ray's & Stark Bar

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Throughout the month of December, Ray’s & Stark Bar will offer their Three Spirit Nog as a part of their new late-night Scrooge Menu, with dishes inspired by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The traditional eggnog is laced with bourbon, brandy, and dark rum, and is offered daily from 8 pm to 10 pm.

5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. Hinoki & The Bird

10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067

While we’re still not sure what Kuniko Yagi’s departure will do to the beloved Century City dining destination, Head Bartender Brandyn Tepper is still mixing up some pretty stellar cocktails. Take his spin on eggnog, spiked with tequila, mezcal, and Amontillado Sherry, and spiced with allspice, cinnamon and star anise.

10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067

5. Kye's

1518 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Of course Los Angeles would find a way to make rich eggnog wholesome and vegan. A healthy, non-alcoholic version of the Christmas classic can be found at Kye’s, and is a blend of pecans, soaked cashews, dates, almond milk, and spices.

1518 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

6. Mohawk Bend

2141 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

While Mohawk Bend also ditches the egg and cream for housemade almond nog to make their eggnog vegan, their Naughty Nog is decidedly alcoholic. The almond base is spiked with Malahat Spiced Rum, and is served over rocks with fresh grated nutmeg.

2141 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. Harlowe

7321 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Ringing in the holidays with a twist on tradition, this West Hollywood drinking den combines El Dorado 12 yr Rum, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, egg, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Angostura bitters to make their Ye Old Nog.

7321 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

8. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Gracias Madre’s Beverage Director Jason Eisner brings a vegan take to eggnog with his "Not Your Madre's Nog." The sweet and spicy beverage blends coconut milk, vegan caramel agave, his proprietary masala chai blend, homemade chocolate bitters, and a healthy dose of smoky mezcal.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

9. Sassafras

1233 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Sassafras’ Holiday in the Sun is a variation of the classic Puerto Rican holiday cocktail, the Coquito. Sassafras’s tropical take on eggnog combines Cruzan Aged Light Rum, cane syrup, coconut milk, evaporated milk, cinnamon, vanilla bean, egg yolk, and lime.

1233 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

10. Tart

115 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

TART’s Naughty or Nice Nog takes cinnamon brandy and mixes it with a dash of whiskey bitters, maple syrup, and eggnog. The cocktail is served in a snifter and can be enjoyed while cozying up to the fire pit on the restaurant’s outdoor patio. [Photo: TART]

115 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Cafe Del Rey

4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Café del Rey offers guests a true Christmas in LA with their Dogsled Nog, comprised of Buffalo Trace White Dog sour mash whiskey, fresh eggnog, and nutmeg that can be enjoyed with the restaurant’s harbor views.

4451 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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