If you’re like most holiday revelers, you’ve got a few parties to attend this season. Odds are that upon walking through the door, you’ll be faced with a large bowl of murky liquid known as eggnog.
Your first reaction may be one of revulsion, but try to keep it together. Eggnog, in one form or another, has been around for centuries. In fact, according to Preferred Consumer, the drink was enjoyed by the pilgrims way back in 1607 (and you thought they didn’t know how to party).
The blog goes on to explain that while eggnog is often made with liquor, it doesn’t have to be. You can get the same flavor from many a non-alcoholic recipe.
The Kitchen Project writes that Americans have put their own spin on the English drink. Whereas Brits like to spice up their eggnog with wine, folks in the States prefer to use rum for a little extra kick.
About.com points out that while the name is rather unfortunate (after all, who wants to drink an egg?), there is a reason behind it.The site explains, “One version says that nog derives from an Old English word for strong beer, hence ‘noggin.’ Another version attributes the name to Colonial America where colonists referred to thick drinks as ‘grog’ and eggnog as ‘egg-and-grog’.”
I confess that I have never actually had eggnog, and I don’t really plan to break that tradition. What about you guys? Are you nog-heads or would you sooner eat a poinsettia?
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