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Updated on June 3, 2015

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]

If you love eggnog,

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Eggnog Milkshake

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


  1. You will need 3 medium to large bowls.
  2. In the first bowl beat egg whites until they start to thicken.
  3. Add 1 cup sugar, beat until thick.
  4. In the second bowl: Beat egg yolks and salt until thick.
  5. Combine beaten egg whites with yolks and beat until mixed and thick.
  6. In a third large bowl beat cream until it starts to
  7. Add 2 tbsp sugar & vanilla to the beaten cream.
  8. 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).
  9. Combine all the ingredients, and chill.
  10. Serve with a garnish of a sprinkle of nutmeg on top of each glass.

Coquito - Latin Eggnog

Coquito - Latin Eggnog
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


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for 5 minutes
  2. Refrigerate
  3. Serve cold, sip and enjoy

Eggless Eggnog Recipe

That doesn't even make sense...



  1. In large bowl, mix pudding with 1 cup milk.
  2. When pudding is thick, add remaining ingredients, mix very well.
  3. Chill.
  4. For Vegetarian use a Vegetarian Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix.

Eggnog. Love it? Hate it?

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    • KevinGeetar profile image


      6 years ago

      A fun little page to check out, surely not just for Christmas!

    • David Stone1 profile image

      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Crazy about it since I was a kid. Just stopped by to see what you were up to lately and go this little treat. Mmmmm....

    • maurissam profile image

      Chocolate Pickney 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Love it!

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      7 years ago

      cool drinks for sure!

    • Yourshowman LM profile image

      Yourshowman LM 

      8 years ago

      Yummy Lens.

      Love it.

    • greenerme profile image


      8 years ago

      Just had some last night - YUM!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Would you believe that as I am writing this comment, I am drinking Eggnog that my husband just brought home from the grocery store! non-alcoholic, of course :) I love Eggnog, but I have never seen actual recipes to make your own. Thank you!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My husband is famous for his secret Egg Nog recipe which he never gives out. I will have to show these to him.

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      8 years ago

      Hi I was also a fan of Hood Golden Eggnog but the last carton I bought at the end of last year tasted a lot different, I was hoping it was just a bad batch but I just purchased a carton again yesterday and same thing, it not as thick as I remember it being, doesn't have the distinct eggnog smell or taste I remember. Is it just me?

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      8 years ago

      I love the cartoon....I'm really glad I only reach for a glass of vegan eggnog!?!?

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks. I gave you a thumbs up, because it's a nice lens.

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      Tom Fattes 

      8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I've never had the notion to cook with eggnog. Very interesting.

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      9 years ago

      I love Eggnog but not just any Eggnog but Hood Eggnog I feel is the best EVER! I am thin but I could sure get so plump on it. My dad passed this tradition down to all his kids and I have passed this down to my kids. it is a race to the refrigerator when Eggnog is in there.

      Thank you Hood Eggnog for making such a recipe that is so scrump-delish I wish I could thank you in person for your perfection.

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      love eggnog, love the lens. 5*

    • thepartyanimal2 profile image


      9 years ago

      I love Eggnog - no alcohol and store bought. This year I want to try some recipes using it and this lens came at a great time for me. Thanks so much - I love it. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....

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      Sensitive Fern 

      9 years ago

      I invented some eggless eggnog a few years ago and made a lens about it. It's a bit like the coquito which sounds even yummier than mine. Great idea to add other eggnog flavored recipes. 5*

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      I love eggnog with the nog. I am a believer that nog is slang for the important alcohol ingredients. So, if you make eggless eggnog and it's nog free, does that make it EgglessNogless. :) Looking forward to the eggnog season. I had no idea there were so many recipes made with eggnog. They look great.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Adore it!!

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      9 years ago

      I love eggnog. This lens looks wonderful...wishing I had some right now. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I love eggnog but NOT the store variety. I have only had alcohol in it once; it was at an open house that we hosted. It called for three types of fancy alcohol; we submitted three other types. When the punch bowl was down to just drips left people actually picked the bowl up to finish it off! That was the BEST-EVER eggnog. I wonder why???


    • VBright profile image


      10 years ago

      I'm not a fan of eggnog, but you have a well laid out and informative lens here! 5*, and delete your spam signers, you don't need them!

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      10 years ago

      Hello there. Probably you guys would be interested in my lens about christmas eggnog too. Check it out!

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      dc64 lm 

      10 years ago

      I've tried eggnogg with alcohol and without, I prefer the without, only because I'm such a light-weight when it comes to alcohol. I want to drink my whole glass without getting tipsy!

    • hlkljgk profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Western Mass

      [in reply to RufusQuail] you, know, i have actually never had it with alcohol, but i think i might try the rum... thanks for stopping by!

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      10 years ago

      I think the dairy companies are missing a big chance: Eggnog! It's not just for Christmas anymore! I like a shot of rum or whiskey in mine. It's refreshing cold too, like liquid ice cream. High 5*.


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