You Say Eggnog, I say Eggnog
Eggnog (sometimes confused as 'egg nog') is a sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture), and flavored with ground cinnamon and nutmeg; alcoholic versions also exist with the addition of various liquors, such as rum, brandy, whiskey, and sake.
Eggnog is a popular drink in North America, Central America and South America and is usually associated with winter celebrations such as Christmas and New Year. Commercially, non-alcoholic eggnog is available around Christmas time and during the winter. [via]
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Why is Eggnog Only Sold Around Christmas?
So we don't get fat from drinking it year-round? To preserve its Christmasy charm? Those seem like good enough reasons to us. But we paid a visit to the Eggnog category in the Yahoo! Directory and searched on "eggnog history" to find a few details about this rich holiday drink.
The origin of the name "eggnog" is unclear. Some sources say that "nog" is slang for rum or rum drinks, and others claim it's an old British word for strong ale. Still others say the "nog" comes from the word "noggin," which meant a small wood mug used at taverns. Put the egg drink in a small mug, and you get "eggnog." Perhaps it's a combination of these explanations.
The name notwithstanding, the drink known now as eggnog is part of a long tradition of milk and alcohol punches that began in renaissance Europe. Before the advent of refrigeration, milk and eggs had to be eaten immediately or cooked before they spoiled. Mixing milk and eggs with brandy, Madeira wine, or sherry was a way to extend the life of these perishables. Such drinks were very popular among the upper classes. One precursor to eggnog is a hot British drink called posset, made of eggs, milk, and ale or wine.
These eggy drinks immigrated to America early - Captain John Smith reported that Jamestown settlers made eggnog in 1607. American colonists replaced ale or wine with rum, which was less expensive because it was imported from the nearby Caribbean. Even President George Washington was an eggnog fan and made his own hearty variety.
The beverage was simply intended as a winter treat. In the 1800s, eggnog was considered a social drink and was made in large quantities for holiday parties. It was drunk through the winter, and, in Baltimore, young men would go from house to house to drink eggnog with friends on New Year's Day. But it was always common to toast to people's good health with eggnog on Christmas Day, and it seems that this is the only part of eggnog's history we have left. Even the American Egg Board can't tell us why we only drink eggnog at Christmas.
Store Bought Eggnog
Horizon Organic, Lactaid, Hood Golden, Hood Light, Hood Vanilla, Hood Cinnamon, Hood Gingerbread, Hood Pumpkin, Hood Sugar Cookie, Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice, Silk Nog (soy, vegan)
Depending on your location these brands may not be available, but I believe that the regular eggnog category only needs to be covered by one brand for this lens' purpose. :)
Traditional Eggnog Recipe
Add the alcohol or leave it out.
- 12 large egg whites
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 12 egg yolks
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 7 cups whole milk
- 2 cups light rum
- 1 cup whiskey (rye or scotch)
- 1 dash nutmeg
- You will need 3 medium to large bowls.
- In the first bowl beat egg whites until they start to thicken.
- Add 1 cup sugar, beat until thick.
- In the second bowl: Beat egg yolks and salt until thick.
- Combine beaten egg whites with yolks and beat until mixed and thick.
- In a third large bowl beat cream until it starts to
- Add 2 tbsp sugar & vanilla to the beaten cream.
- Add milk, rum & whiskey beating continually (for non alcoholic eggnog omit the alcohol and add artificial rum flavoring doing it a tsp at a time until you achieve the desired taste).
- Combine all the ingredients, and chill.
- Serve with a garnish of a sprinkle of nutmeg on top of each glass.
Coquito - Latin Eggnog
Coquito is an eggnog-like alcoholic beverage that is traditionally served in Puerto Rico. Coquito is made with rum, eggs, coconut milk, coconut cream, sweet condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The drink is commonly associated with the Christmas holidays, where it is traditionally served along other holiday food.
- 2 cans coconut cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 cup rum
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for 5 minutes
- Serve cold, sip and enjoy
Eggless Eggnog Recipe
That doesn't even make sense...
- 8 cups milk (soy for vegan version)
- 1 (3 ounce) package Dr. Oetker Simple Organics vanilla pudding (for vegan option), or any other brand instant pudding
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- In large bowl, mix pudding with 1 cup milk.
- When pudding is thick, add remaining ingredients, mix very well.
- For Vegetarian use a Vegetarian Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix.