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What The Nog: What’s Eggnog?

December 26, 2017

This is from I grew up drinking eggnog fairly often. It was the only way I’d drink a glass of milk after the one time my milk was sour. I’d use milk in foods, but I never touched another plain glassful after that. As much as I loved eggnog, I haven’t had any in years. Between my husband, son, and cooking, a gallon barely lasts two days! I’ve included two recipes – one for a crowd and with alcohol; the other is an eggnog smoothie. I’ve not tried either one yet. What I made was simply a glass of milk with 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 egg all mixed up. ~ Connie
What’s in eggnog?
Frothy, creamy eggnog is a festive favorite in England, Canada, and America. This winter drink consists of milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks. There are many versions of the drink, using alcohols like rum, brandy, whiskey, and bourbon. And, it often is flavored with everything from molasses to cinnamon to nutmeg to dried pumpkin. Now, there’s even soynog or nutnog, a version of the drink made for vegans or lactose-intolerant people. Eggnog for all!
Where did eggnog come from?
Eggnog dates back to the Elizabethan era, and perhaps came from the drink called posset. Posset is an old medieval British drink made with hot milk that was curdled with wine or ale, and sometimes eggs were added to the recipe. Fun fact: Posset was also a cold and flu remedy in the middle ages.
And, just like posset inspired eggnog . . . eggnog seems to have inspired some other winter-y drinks, too. A Tom and Jerry is now a regional staple for many Midwestern Christmas celebrations. This holiday drink consists of rum, warm water or milk, beaten eggs, spices, and sugar. Would eggnog by any other name taste as sweet . . . we think so! (Want to read about more of the weirdest cocktail names, check them out here!)
What’s the nog all about?
One theory is that nog derives from the word noggin, which was a Middle English word for a type of mug for serving alcohol. The Online Etymology Dictionary says nog means “strong ale.” A third theory claims that the name is derived from a Colonial term for rum: egg-and-grog. Shortened to egg’n’grog, it then eventually became eggnog.
Well, even though that explanation may be confusing, what is clear is that . . . even the simplest pleasures still contain a bit of mystery.

Great Grandad’s Eggnog
On Just a Pinch Recipes By Susan Seybert
Susan’s Story: It wouldn’t be Christmas without my grandfather’s eggnog. This is not for the faint of heart. Its smooth and creamy deliciousness hides a powerful dose of whiskey! You may run into Santa after a few of these!! Cheers! And remember, Don’t drink and drive.
Serves: 10-12 Prep Time: 15 Min
6 eggs, separated
3/4 c sugar
1 pt cream
1 pt milk
1 pt whiskey (Four Roses is best)
1 oz Jamaican rum
freshly grated nutmeg, for sprinkling on top
Separate the eggs. Put the whites in a small mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. Add 1/4 cup sugar to the whites and gently fold to combine.
Add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and beat into the yolks until light.
Mix the whites with the yolk mixture in a punch bowl. Stir in the cream and milk. Add the whiskey and run. Stir thoroughly.
Serve cold with grated nutmeg.

On Don’t Waste the Crumbs by Tiffany
Serves: 1
1 cup kefir or yogurt
2 bananas (ripe or over-ripe, not green)
1 Tbsp coconut oil or coconut cream concentrate
1 egg yolk [can use whole egg, but nog will be thinner]
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch nutmeg
Combine ingredients in the order listed in a blender and process until smooth.

Why coconut oil?
Tiffany says, Simply for it’s healthy properties. Plus it adds just a hint of sweet which might be needed if you over-culture your kefir often.

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