Holidays! What a bright time…It’s the right time… to sip the night away–with eggnog, of course. And it’s been the right time since the 14th century.
It all started with an English drink called “posset”. Without eggs, this beverage featured hot milk curdled with ale or wine, plus sugar and spices. Later, Renaissance mixologists discovered how much richer the drink could taste with the addition of fresh eggs.
And because it was served in little wooden mugs called “noggins,” this treat came to be known as “eggnog,” according to some historians. Others suggest the term “eggnog” came from the word “egg” plus the American colonists’ word for thick beverage, “grog”. So, it was “egg-grog,” evolving into “eggnog”.
Eggnog for everyone
In Britain, eggs were scarce, so holiday eggnog was a drink reserved for aristocrats. In the early American colonies, though—not a problem. Turns out that chickens and supplies of fresh eggs were abundant. So why not celebrate with eggnog?
One of the early American additions to eggnog recipes was rum. It was widely available from our Caribbean neighbors.
Rumor has it that George Washington was a big fan. His version of eggnog was spiked with rum, whiskey, and sherry.
Bourbon is a favorite eggnog addition in the South. Latin American variations add ingredients like grated coconut, coconut milk, and spiced liqueurs.
Why make homemade eggnog?
If you’re particular about flavor and freshness, you’ll notice a difference between pasteurized eggnog in a carton and homemade eggnog. Commercial eggnog, by FDA labeling requirements, can be as little as 1 percent egg yolk solids, and can contain sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, plus color additives and stabilizers.
Your classic eggnog recipe is going to have a fresher appeal, including the flavor of freshly cracked eggs. You control the additions. And, it’s easy. All you need is a carton of safe (pasteurized) eggs, some milk and/or cream, and sugar. Try this homemade eggnog recipe from Safest Choice™.
Watching calories or carbs? Here’s a favorite light eggnog recipe (only 180 calories per serving), and also a sugar-free eggnog recipe. For a unique seasonal twist, try this recipe for caramel apple pie eggnog.
Eggnog – Is it safe?
Everyone talks about the Salmonella risk in homemade eggnog. It’s a real and present danger. And you can’t count on spirits to eliminate the Salmonella risk. (Reports on effectiveness vary; it’s not a foolproof remedy for Salmonella.)
So why take a chance? And what if you just want that wholesome French-vanilla ice cream taste without the spirits? It’s always safe to make your eggnog with eggs that are already guaranteed Salmonella-free, like Safest Choice™.
Recipes with eggnog
For the ultimate eggnog festivity, have you tried eggnog in your other holiday recipes? Eggnog martinis, eggnog latte, eggnog pound cake, eggnog cheesecake, eggnog waffles, eggnog French toast, eggnog pancakes—variations are endless. For some eggnog fun in the kitchen this year, keep an eye on 12 Days of Eggnog at SafeEggs.com/recipes.
No matter what eggnog recipe you use for your holiday celebrations this year, the eggnog tradition is a toast to your health. So, here’s to your healthy, happy holiday season!