December Low Carb Cocktail: Santa’s Holiday Nog

Happy Holidays! Let’s curl up by the fire, sip on a festive cocktail, and reflect on the weirdest year ever. I’ve loved sharing a new low carb drink recipe every month of 2020 and plan on continuing to share fun recipes to make at home throughout the new year.

Santa’s Holiday Nog is a staple in our family and probably one of the first cocktails I consumed around Christmas time with my parents. It’s easy to create and makes you feel a little extra holly jolly this time of year.

Now before you nog haters come after me, I made this Santa Holiday Nog recipe with Almond Nog from Trader Joe’s which offers a lot fewer carbohydrates (9g for 1/2 cup) than its egg toting counterpart (which using packs around 17g for 1/2 cup). It’s also dairy-free for anyone with sensitivity.

A few notes before we get started:

  • Crushing candy canes with a cocktail muddler is very messy and also a workout so make sure you clear the dogs out of the room and get your muscles ready for crushin.
  • I used rock’s glasses and made ice cubes in this tiny ice cube tray. Sometimes drinks are just better with tiny ice.
  • I used a lemon slice to rim the glass before dipping it in peppermint but you can also use melted chocolate if you have the time.

Santa’s Holiday Nog

Serves 1


  • 1 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur (Carbohydrates: 13 g)
  • 1.5 oz of vodka
  • 1/4 cup of almond nog (Trader Joe’s carbohydrates: 4.5 g)
  • 1/4 cup of oat milk
  • Lemon slice (or melted chocolate) for glass rim
  • Candy canes for garnish


  1. Take a lemon slice and line the top of a rocks glass with lemon juice.
  2. Empty your crushed peppermint onto a plate and press the top of the glass into the peppermint pile.
  3. Combine Kahlua, vodka, almond nog, and oat milk in a cocktail shaker with ice + shake it up.
  4. Strain into your rocks glass over ice.
  5. Garnish with a mini candy cane and enjoy!
  6. Optional: Instead of a lemon slice, dip your glass into melted chocolate and then dip into the crushed peppermint right away.

Be sure to tag me in your photos with the hashtag #CupofOjCocktail, discover all of my monthly low carb cocktail recipes, and stay tuned for a brand new recipe next month!

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