Cathy Isom has some tasty facts about a popular holiday beverage. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Eggnog, also known as egg milk punch, is a very popular drink this time of year. The sweetened dairy-based beverage that is traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, whipped eggs and spices. When served at parties and holiday get-together’s, liquor is often added to the eggnog such as brandy, rum, whisky, bourbon, or a combination of liquors. Then, the filled glass is typically garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin spice. People who love eggnog apparently want lots of other stuff that tastes just like it. There’s eggnog-flavored coffee, ice cream, cake, oil even egg-nog flavored shakes. The origin of the eggnog drink is still somewhat of a mystery. Some believe the drink was originally developed in England, while others believe it originated as a medieval European beverage made with hot milk. One cup of eggnog is anywhere from 200 to 350 calories per cup and 10-plus grams of fat. National Eggnog Day is observed every year on Christmas Eve.
Eggnog is one of the most popular beverages served during the holidays, so it is very appropriate that this occasion is celebrated on Christmas Eve!
The traditional recipe for eggnog is milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, spices, and sometimes alcohol. The type of alcohol depends on the country where it is made. In Europe, eggnog is traditionally made with white wine. Americans drink it with bourbon or rum while Peruvians use pomace brandy and Germans use beer.
There are a few theories about how eggnog actually got its name. One story claims that eggnog was first called “egg n’ grog,” which was eventually shortened to “eggnog.” According to other sources, the name comes from the Old English word for strong ale, “nog.” This theory suggests that the combination of the words “egg” and “nog” refers to any drink that contains both eggs and strong alcohol.