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Il Bombardino – Italian Eggnog Drink

Bombardino is a small Italian eggnog cocktail made from three simple ingredients. It may be small but it’s mighty powerful and it’s the perfect way to warm up on a chilly and frosty winter’s evening.

This will blow your mind (literally).

Four glasses of Bombardino drinks on a white plate with whipped cream and cinnamon

Like eggnog? Then you’re gonna LOVE this little dessert. It’s made from an egg-based liqueur such as Zabov or Advocaat, brandy and whipped cream which is topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Unlike American eggnog recipes that are served in mugs in much bigger quantities, this Italian version is served in espresso cups or shot glasses. It’s not big but it’s just the right amount and you won’t be dissapointed!

So What does Bombardino Mean?

Bombardino literally means “little bomb” in Italian and it couldn’t be more appropriate. This little eggnog drink will knock your socks off and is sure to keep you warm and toastie all evening.

It comes from the Italian Alps and is popular within ski resorts where you’d indulge and get cosy with one of these after a day on the slopes. It was apparently invented by a man who owned a ski lodge in Lombardia.

After a group of skiers came into the lodge from an icy cold blizzard outside the man quickly mixed together Zabaglione (Italian custard), whiskey and milk. He heated it up and served it to the shivering skiers who then cried “AccidentiÈ una bomba!” Blimey, it’s a bomb! and so the signature drink was created.

The Zabaglione

Zabaglione is a sweet and thick Italian custard and is incredibly delicious served in bowls with cookies for dunking. Traditionally, Il Bombardino would have been made with homemade Zabaglione but these days it’s been replaced with an eggnog liqueur that you can pick up in most supermarkets.

Now, let me just say that eggnog liqueur such as Advocaat or Zabov Zabaglione is already pretty strong (well to me anyway) and it’s then mixed with brandy so this whole dessert is mighty powerful.

Top Tip: If you haven’t been skiing all day and just fancy a fun little dessert you might want to skip the brandy or go with one of the other variations you can find below such as il Calimero which replaces the brandy with espresso (super delicious and less alcoholic).

How to Make Il Bombardino – Step By Step

Heat the eggnog liqueur of choice in a saucepan over a medium heat until it’s just before boiling (don’t let it boil). Pour the liqueur into an espresso cup or a shot glass (photo 1).

Add the brandy and stir until combined (photo 2 & 3). Top with a dollop of whipped heavy cream and dust with cinnamon.

Step by step photos for making a bombardino drink

Super easy right? I like to mix some of the cream into the drink and eat it with a small spoon. I dunno about you but it’s extra cold and frosty here in the UK right now and after a long walk in the cold this is just perfect. It’s also my motivation for getting up and going for a walk in the first place, I mean, who doesn’t want to come back to one of these!?

Variations

There are three well-known versions of Il Bombardino so you can go for the original or choose to switch it up slightly.

  • The Original: Zabaglione, brandy and whipped cream
  • Calimero: Zabaglione, espresso and whipped cream (you can make a larger serving my adding more espresso)
  • Scozzese (the Scotsman): Zabaglione, whiskey and whipped cream

A close up of an espresso cup filled with bombardino eggnog liqueur and spilling over the edge

Top Tips for Making an Italian Bombardino

  • This is not a large drink, serve in espresso cups like these ones.
  • Don’t let the zabaglione liqueur boil as it will probably split, heat it gently until hot then serve.
  • When whipping heavy cream I prefer to serve it still every so slightly soft and not over whipped. It’s a personal preference so you can choose what you like best!
  • This is a strong alcoholic dessert so to calm it down simply skip the brandy or go for one of the variations above.
  • You could also go all out and make your own Zabaglione, although it’ll take more time the taste will be well worth it. You can also control how much alcohol goes into the custard.
  • This is traditionally served warm but can also be served cold if you prefer.

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Bombardino - Italian Eggnog Cocktail

Bombardino is a small Italian eggnog cocktail made from three simple ingredients. It may be small but it's mighty powerful and it's the perfect way to warm up on a chilly and frosty winter's evening.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Bombardino drink, Bombardino Recipe, Italian Eggnog
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 204kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1..7 fl oz (50ml) eggnog liqueur such as Advocaat or Zabov Zagalione
  • 0.3 fl oz (10ml / or a very small splash measuring by eye) brandy
  • 1 heaped tbsp whipped cream , for topping
  • 1 small pinch cinnamon , for dusting

Instructions

  • Heat the eggnog liqueur of choice in a saucepan over a medium heat and turn it off just before boiling. Pour the liqueur into an espresso cup or a shot glass.
  • Add the brandy and stir until combined. Top with a dollop of whipped heavy cream and dust with cinnamon.

Notes

There are three well-known versions of Il Bombardino so you can go for the original or choose to switch it up slightly.
  • The Original: Zabaglione, brandy and whipped cream
  • Calimero: Zabaglione, espresso and whipped cream (you can make a larger serving my adding more espresso)
  • Scozzese (the Scotsman): Zabaglione, whiskey and whipped cream
 
Top Tips for Making an Italian Bombardino
  • This is not a large drink, serve in espresso cups like these.
  • Don't let the zabaglione liqueur boil as it will probably split, heat it gently until hot then serve.
  • When whipping heavy cream I prefer to serve it still every so slightly soft and not over whipped. It's a personal preference so you can choose what you like best!
  • This is a strong alcoholic dessert so to calm it down simply skip the brandy or go for one of the variations above.
  • You could also go all out and make your own Zabaglione, although it'll take more time the taste will be well worth it. You can also control how much alcohol goes into the custard.
  • This is traditionally served warm but can also be served cold if you prefer.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Bombardino - Italian Eggnog Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Calcium 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    February 3, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Oh this looks SO good! I wish I had the ingredients to try right away..on my shopping list tomorrow! Can’t wait!

  • Reply
    Pam
    January 24, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    These are so cute and I love the built in portion control! I’m going to have to be on the lookout for the eggnog liqueur!

  • Reply
    Kate
    January 24, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Oh I love the sound of this Italian eggnog! Looks amazing.

  • Reply
    Neli Howard
    January 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    This looks amazing and this recipe is genius! I have to serve this to my guests over the holidays!

  • Reply
    Claudia
    January 24, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    I love how easy this is and it will just be a marvelous dessert for after my huge lasagna dinner on Sunday a must try everyone will love this thank you!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    January 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love the american version of egg nog, so i’m sure this would be awesome as well. You have such great process shots too! So beautiful and easy to follow.

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      January 24, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks so much Danielle, it’s super easy and if you love American eggnog you have to try this!

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