The History of Eggnog
I thought it might be fun to know the history of eggnog tor the conversation while you are sipping on some of the delicious holiday treat with your family at Christmas.
I should have put this post up earlier, but Christmas isn’t for a few days yet.
Merriam Webster dictionary says the first known use of the word eggnog was in 1775. That would leave some to believe the rich drink originated in America. George Washington also had a recipe that was loaded with alcohol (see the recipe below) but the drink originated in Europe.
There are variations of the history, but the most likely one is that it originated with the medieval monks during the Thirteenth century in England. They drank a warm ale punch with eggs and figs known a posset.
The affluent or high society of the 17th Century used sherry instead of ale. They toasted to their future prosperity with what was at that time considered a luxury beverage due to the high price of sherry and dairy products at the time.
When eggnog arrived in America, rum became the alcohol of choice in the beverage. Shipped from the Caribbean it was cheaper than liquors that were imported from Britain.
The basic recipe has remained the same. Eggs beaten with sugar, milk, cream and some form of alcohol. But there are a number of variations.
In Puerto Rico coconut milk was used and later the eggs were omitted. Since they couldn’t very call it eggnog without any eggs, they named it coquito.
In Mexico they have a variation of eggnog called rompope. It basically adds Mexican cinnamon and vanilla to it and uses either rum or grain alcohol. I say don’t use the grain alcohol unless your only objective is to get bombed. It is very high in alcohol and adds nothing to the flavor.
Whatever you do, skip the supermarket eggnog. It is so far from the real deal that it shouldn’t even be called eggnog. You might want to create your own variation of eggnog and start your own family tradition! You can take our holiday eggnog recipe and make your own special version. Or you can start with the alcohol laden version of George Washington’s Eggnog Recipe and make it your own.
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