The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps

The Sloppy Santa nightcap

The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps ~ I’m signing off for the weekend with a warm and fuzzy collection that will help you drift off to a much deserved rest after a busy holiday season. Just be sure to get your wrapping done before you imbibe 🙂

The holidays are merry, the holidays are full of wonder, but the holidays are also downright exhausting, and at some point you have to call it quits and declare mission accomplished. So do yourself a favor, crumple up that to-do list, and pour yourself a little nightcap.

a collage of winter cocktails.

The Sloppy Santa

A thick, rich, warm eggnog spiked with brandy and spiced rum ~ dusted with fresh (of course!) nutmeg. Jump to the recipe below…

The Sloppy Santa nightcap

A Long Winter’s Nap

~ Feasting at Home

This cozy cocktail can be made with bourbon, whiskey, or rye, and calls for infusing maple syrup with wintry spices and fresh ginger.

A Long Winter's Nap

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

~ Good Life Eats

Irish Cream makes this peppermint mocha extra creamy, and the chocolate dipped marshmallows take it right over the top.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

Santa’s Nightcap

~ Half Baked Harvest

The base of this drink is a big batch of extra-spiced-infused chai tea, made even better with the addition of bourbon!

Santa's Nightcap

Maple Bourbon Hot Chocolate

~ Tending the Table

This hot chocolate is sweetened only with rich, caramelly, maple syrup, giving it a unique flavor and mellow sweetness.

Maple Bourbon Hot Chocolate

Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy

~ The Endless Meal

This festive drink might look like mulled wine, but it actually starts with delicious cranberry juice, spiced, sweetened, and spiked.

Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy

Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate

~ Vanilla and Bean

Orange and chocolate are a classic combination that is perfect for the holidays. Sea salt and a touch of cinnamon make this orange-scented hot chocolate very sophisticated.

Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate

Warm Cocktail with Lapsang Souchong Tea, Whiskey, and Lemon Cordial

~ Drizzle & Dip

Lapsang Souchong tea lends a smokey flavor to this cozy twist on a hot toddy.

Warm Cocktail with Lapsang Souchong Tea, Whiskey, and Lemon Cordial

Rum and Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

~ The Flavor Bender

This indulgent drink is made extra thick and creamy with a bit of cornstarch, and includes 2 kinds of alcohol: white rum, and white chocolate liqueur.

Rum and Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Hot Buttered Rum with Cider

~ The Roasted Root

This hot buttered rum has no added sugar, the only sweetness comes from the addition of spiced apple cider.

Hot Buttered Rum with Cider

The Sloppy Santa nightcap
4.5 from 8 votes

The Sloppy Santa

Course cocktail
Cuisine American
Author Sue Moran


The Sloppy Santa

  • 1 cup eggnog if you want to make it homemade, see recipe below
  • 1 and 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce spiced rum
  • whipped cream
  • freshly grated nutmeg

Homemade Egg Nog (this will make 3 servings)

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg


  • Heat the eggnog in a small saucepan until it barely comes to a simmer. Add the brandy and rum and pour into a mug. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • To make your own eggnog, first whisk together the egg yolks with the sugar until well combined.
  • Heat the half and half and nutmeg in a saucepan until it comes to a simmer. Add a ladle of the hot liquid to the egg yolks while whisking. Add another ladle, whisking again, and a third, still whisking. Add the yolk mixture to the pan, whisking or stirring constantly over medium heat until it starts to thicken. (Don't let it boil.)
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    December 22, 2019 at 6:19 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for a great year of delicious recipes! These drinks look amazing!

    • Reply
      December 22, 2019 at 7:54 am

      You’re so welcome Marty, here’s to a super delish 2020!

  • Reply
    December 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Sue. Thankyou for the last year of great posts – really enjoyed them immensely. Off to make a Sloppy Santa – who could resist?! AND it’s still only breakfast time here. 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    Cheryl McAskill
    December 23, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year to you and yours! Thanks for your wonderful posts, this foody appreciates all you do!

    • Reply
      December 23, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Same to you Cheryl, looking forward to a fun 2019 together!

  • Reply
    December 23, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Sue, I am in for all! How great! I wish you and your family good health and prosperity and fruitful New Year. Merry Christmas.

    • Reply
      December 23, 2018 at 9:56 am

      I’m all for the fruitful New Year Alexandra, same to you!!

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