Nog is a strong ale first brewed in Norfolk, England, while eggnog literally refers to eggs inside a small cup. An alternative British name for eggnog was egg flip.
Eggnog was popular amongst the elite of London. According to historian James Humes (“To Humes It May Concern”), this was because the average Londoner rarely saw a glass of milk,
“There was no refrigeration, and the farms belonged to the big estates. Those who could get milk and eggs to make eggnog mixed it with brandy or Madeira or even sherry.” source
In America, where farms, milk cows, and dairy products were abundant, the drink became favored and adapted with rum.
Rum was most affordable in America as it did not come to us from Europe, but from the Caribbean. It was therefore not as heavily taxed as was brandy or Madeira. America’s South preferred their holiday eggnog be made with bourbon.
Following is the basic recipe:
- 2 C cold milk
- 2 eggs
- 4 t sugar
- 1 t vanilla
- Pour into serving glasses.
- Mix all ingredients in blender.
- Sprinkle with nutmeg.
- Instead of sugar, use 2 T maple syrup.
- Omit sugar and vanilla but add 1/2 C frozen peaches with 1/2 t lemon juice and 1/8 t almond extract before blending.
- Add 2 scoops ice cream.
- Add 2-3 T frozen pineapple or orange fruit juice concentrate.
Frappé Egg Nog (recipe adapted from 1927 cookbook)
Beat: 1 egg white until stiff.
Then beat separately: 1 egg yolk until light.
Add to the yolk:
- 1 t sugar
- pinch salt
- few gratings nutmeg
- 2/3 C milk.
Add egg white to yolk mixture.
Put into freezer for about 50 minutes, stirring frequently.
Here’s to Christmas!
Eggnog is often used in toasts. Hence, the following:
“It is not even the beginning of Christmas unless it is Christmas in the heart.” —Richard Roberts
“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols. But the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift — the Christ.” —Frank McKibben
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” —Charles Dickens
“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” —Margaret Thatcher
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” —Calvin Coolidge
Nutrition facts about eggnog
Low fat eggnog
Visit North Town Coffeehouse, 128 N. 1st Street, for an eggnog latte.