A traditional drink to help warm people through the cold winter nights. The drink is especially popular during the Christmas season. Shows often display lovely grandparents getting tipsy from too much eggnog, which means that eggnog normally comes with a mix of alcohol.
Despite it’s warm, seasonally matching charm, don’t let children drink eggnog unless you don’t add the liqueur. Due to its creamy, toasty and sweet flavor, it’s easy to drink too much. According to WHO’s standards, you should only have 2 shots of spirits max per day. This means if you’re making the traditional eggnog, max it out at two mugs a day. This drink also has a good amount of cholesterol, so those with heart conditions, be careful.
Eggnog is relatively easy to make. Due to its alcohol content, it can be classified as a cocktail. The following are its basic ingredients, but the amount of each can vary depending on the person’s taste.
- Egg Yolks
- Whole Cloves
- Spirit or Liqueur of Choice: Bourbon, Rum, and Cognac are the popular ones.
You can spice up your Eggnog by adding cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract to compliment the warm creamy flavor.
How it’s Made
You first combine the milk and cloves, along with the optional spices on a saucepan. You then heat it using the lowest possible flame until it lightly boils. On a bowl, combine the egg yolk and sugar and whisk it. When the egg yolk and sugar mix is fluffy, slowly mix the milk mixture into the eggs while slowly mixing them. Place the combined mixture in the saucepan and heat it until it becomes thick (around 2-3 minutes) do not let it boil. Let it cool afterward.
Once the main mix is done, you can then add the liqueur and cream. You can also add the optional spices to taste. The eggnog can then be served warm, or cold. The liqueur is also optional. The drink itself already tastes amazing without it.
There are “vegan” versions of this drink. The milk is replaced with soymilk or almond milk and the eggs are removed. Some recipes call for tofu added to the mix to simulate the thickness.
The term eggnog comes from the fact that it has egg in its mix. The “nog” part is still up for debate but has three likely origins. First is “nog” was a word used in East Anglia which means “Strong Beer” but eggnog is commonly made with spirits, not beer.
The second origin is from the word ‘noggin’ which is a small, wooden mug used to serve alcohol. This has more weight, considering that eggnogs are traditionally served in mugs. The last possibility is the Scottish term “nugg” which means warm ale. Egg with nugg might be the closest possible origin.
Though eggnog is a traditional drink, you have to remember that it’s high in sugar, cholesterol, and alcohol. There’s nothing wrong with drinking it, especially during the holidays, but always remember to drink in moderation. If find eggnog just too darn delicious to not drink, then choose the nonalcoholic version instead. Enjoy the holidays and drink moderately.