What is Eggnog?

What the Heck Is Eggnog?

The most popular drink of the holiday season; Eggnog! In North America, it’s often delivered via milk carton. But just what the heck is Eggnog? It drinks similar to milk but has the consistency of pudding and a delicious taste. Let’s delve into exactly what Eggnog is.

What the Heck Is Eggnog?

It should be no surprise what Eggnog is. The ingredients taste exactly like the result. It’s whipped eggs with heavy cream. It’s a thick custardy drink. To be more specific whipped egg yolks, milk, cream, egg whites, plus sugar. This combination gives it a savory and sweet flavor, but also a very thick texture.

It’s sold in cartons in Canada and the USA. It can be served either hot or cold. And, alcohol can be added. The alcohol addition can be up to the household. Sometimes it can be rum, brandy, or bourbon. Hot or cold, it’s a heavy drink that tastes delicious.

History of Eggnog?

Colleen Graham, of The Spruce Eats, on the history of Eggnog, writes: “It is believed that eggnog began in Europe. As early as the 13th century, medieval monks in Britain were known to drink “posset,” a warm ale punch with eggs and figs. Over time, this likely merged with the various milk and wine punches often served at social gatherings … As a rich and often alcoholic drink, eggnog became a familiar fixture during the holiday season across the colonies and, eventually, the new country of the United States in the 1700s. Eggnog was frequently made without alcohol, and each region would adapt the drink to their personal tastes.”

One can find many recipes online but this is the general gist of the recipes.

Eggnog Recipe

-1 Cup Sugar
-6 Egg Yolks
-1 1/4 Cup of Heavy Cream
-2 Cups of Milk
-1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
-1/2 Teaspoon of Brown Sugar
-1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
-Optional: 2 Tablespoons of either Rum, Brandy, or Bourbon

1. Beat 6 egg yolks
2. Add sugar to yolks
3. Milk to be heated on the stovetop
4. Add Cinnamon to Milk
5. Combine slowly: Hot Milk with Egg Yolks
-Stir while combining
6. Cook the combination – Slowly, do not let boil
-Add Brown Sugar
7. Remove Eggnog from the stovetop and add heavy cream
8. Strain the combination
9. Chill Eggnog in Fridge
10. Optional: Add alcohol


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