Eggnog can be a sicky sweet, extremely rich, boozy-creamy mixture with lots of eggs going on. It’s definitely never a drink your bartender remembers anyone for. However at holidaytime, tinsel all around, gift giving, gift receiving, a bonus if you’re lucky and the best cheer you’ll likely to find all year, it makes sense to let the eggnog roll. Down the sicky, cholesterol-ridden, booze-laced magic and let the fun begin! Yes, this celebration brew, tastier when homemade as opposed to the stuff in the supermarket carton, always greets with spicy pumpkin fragrance – one of the few things you can always count on.
In the UK, eggnog, called Posset, was basically a milk punch liberally laced with booze and enjoyed by the upper class. Lower-class colonists had no problem keeping eggnog handywith their readily available dairy cattle, yard chickens and cheap rum from the Caribbean. In the American South, bourbon was favored, and in the New Orleans area eggnog took its place along side Syllabub, a rich drink which bordered on being a dessert. Puerto Ricans embraced eggnog as Coquito with rum and coconut milk. The Mexicans take on eggnog as Rompope heavy on the cinnamon and rum or grain alcohol, while the Peruvians celebrate with their Biblia con Pisco made with Pisco brandy. The Germans come close with an egg soup with beer they call Biersuppe.
Eggnog is not nutritiously good for you, but it is consumed such a small part of the year, it’s best to enjoy it and put it away after the first of the new year. If making eggnog from scratch, it is best to use pasteurized eggs to avoid any encounters with salmonella.
- Traditional: Some call for egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and brandy.
- Party: whole eggs, milk, whipping cream, sugar, nutmeg and bourbon, brandy or rum.
- Alternative: whole eggs, cinnamon, agave nectar, almond milk and cognac, rum or sherry.
- Eggnog may be added as a flavoring for coffee.
- Eggnog French Toast is festive and popular.
Below are foodsites with eggnog recipes: