The Oxonian Recipe | Cocktail Recipes | PBS Food

This variant on the classic eggnog comes with a unique name: The Oxonian. Learn the history and inspiration behind the name and how a European winter staple inspired this. Discover other holiday cocktails in our collection of original recipes from the top bartenders across the nation.



  • 3 parts Advocaat (Dutch/Belgian eggnog liqueur)
  • 3 parts ESB ale (Extra Special/Strong Bitter)
  • 1 part (or to taste) spiced brown sugar syrup (recipe below)
  • Top with grated nutmeg


  1. For the Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup, dissolve 2 cups light brown or evaporated cane sugar into 1 cup water over low heat.
  2. Add a ¼ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ground cloves and ground ginger.
  3. Stir until combined, and allow to cool.
  4. Simply add all ingredients to a glass of any shape or sort and stir to combine. Some may like a cube or two of ice. Grate a bit of fresh nutmeg over the top.


Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, a cocktail blogger, prefers homemade advocaat, but says store-bought advocaat will work fine. Find an advocaat recipe on the 12 Bottle Bar website.

For the ale, any quality ESB with a nice bite should work – whatever ale used should not get lost in the mixture.

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