Costco Shoppers Are Flipping For This Giant Bottle Of Boozy Eggnog

You might not even have your Halloween costume picked out yet, but Costco is already gearing up for the holiday season. According to the Instagram account costco_empties, the Kirkland brand eggnog liqueur has arrived at the warehouse a few months early and, while some are commenting on the post with complaints about the timing (even user kirkland_forever said "WAAAAAAAAY TOOO EARLY"), others can't wait to get their hands on it.

Before you get any ideas, this isn't your grandmother's eggnog. This liqueur contains real dairy cream, whiskey, spiced rum, brandy, and French vanilla, clocking in at 14.75 percent alcohol by volume (via Delish). Not only that, but you can pick up a 1.75-liter bottle for only $9.99. Of course, high volume alcohol isn't new for the brand, which also sells its own vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila, rum, and bourbon, just to name a few (via Thrillist). The main source of contention among Costco enthusiasts regarding this seasonal beverage doesn't seem to be whether or not you like eggnog (which can be such a divisive topic on its own), but rather the early timing of this launch.

The truth about Costco's Eggnog

While some Costco fans feel they're bringing the 'nog out a bit early, there are others who are utterly impatient — and some are actually in both camps. One Instagram commenter wrote: "this kirkland egg nog is SOOO good!! i usually stock up but not going to this year because i keep drinking it all before the holidays." Meanwhile, another commenter called their local store to ask when it would be in stock, but unfortunately for them, it might not taste exactly as they remember it.

What you may not know is that the Costco eggnog drink you remember from last year isn't exactly the same one you'll find this year. According to Taste of Home, last year Costco brought out an eggnog beverage in an almost identical bottle, but advertised it as a "wine cocktail." The differences between the two include: last year's label didn't mention the ingredients (beyond real dairy cream), the alcohol percentage was a bit lower (only 13.9 percent alcohol by volume), and so was the price, at a dollar cheaper for the same sized bottle. They also waited until November to launch the product. However, despite the name, that eggnog drink didn't seem to include any actual wine (via People). And, luckily, with this year's label, there's no mistaking what you'll get in the bottle: three different kinds of alcohol mixed with cream and vanilla but definitely no grapes in sight (thankfully).